Buckley now says scrap the Hope and Change

posted at 2:55 pm on March 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Eighteen months ago, Christopher Buckley made headlines with his endorsement of Barack Obama, becoming the conservative darling at MS-NBC after penning “The Conservative Case for Barack Obama.” At the time, Buckley wrote of Obama’s “first-class temperament” and top-drawer intellect.  Buckley convinced himself that Obama would govern as a post-partisan centrist, rising above the progressive agenda that had carried him from the Chicago Machine to the threshold of the White House:

But having a first-class temperament and a first-class intellect, President Obama will (I pray, secularly) surely understand that traditional left-politics aren’t going to get us out of this pit we’ve dug for ourselves. If he raises taxes and throws up tariff walls and opens the coffers of the DNC to bribe-money from the special interest groups against whom he has (somewhat disingenuously) railed during the campaign trail, then he will almost certainly reap a whirlwind that will make Katrina look like a balmy summer zephyr.

How’s that Hope and Change working out for Buckley?  In a rather self-indulgent “Q&A” at The Daily Beast, Buckley now wants an end to the “traditional left-politics” that everyone but Buckley knew was coming:

President Obama declared the other day that “Everything there is to say about health care has been said and just about everyone has said it.” Is this correct?

Apparently not, to judge from the papers, which contain some pretty hairy predictions about what lies ahead if health-care “reform” goes through.

Such as?

Continued skyrocketing costs, less actual health care, and massive bureaucracies. And although we’re told that the bill is “deficit neutral,” Washington’s way of saying, “It’s not going to cost a dime, who, really, believes that? As P.J. O’Rourke says, “If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it’s free.”

But isn’t that just the usual partisan/ideological bickering?

Not unless you consider, say, Warren Buffett “partisan” or “ideological.” You’ll recall that Buffett was an early supporter of Obama’s candidacy. But following the “health-care summit,” he advised the president to scrap the health bill and start over. As he put it, the critical issue with health care is “costs, costs, costs.” And until we attack that aspect, everything else is essentially beside the point.

Are you saying insuring people with no health insurance is “beside the point”?

No, but driving the country into bankruptcy isn’t going to help anyone in the long run. Wouldn’t you agree?

None of this is anything new.  In fact, if not for the flowery language, this recaps everything about ObamaCare and the Democratic agenda that we’ve known since before Obama won the election.  He campaigned on comprehensive reform of the health-care system, as well as cap-and-trade and a number of agenda items that would drive the country into bankruptcy.  Apparently, Buckley didn’t pay attention to the issues, but instead found himself infatuated with Obama’s temperament and intellect — or at least his perception of both.

Of course, Buckley isn’t alone in this. The national media appeared to engage in a deliberate infatuation with Obama rather than vet him properly as a political candidate. (John Ziegler created an entire documentary on this topic.) But on this topic, the reversal is especially egregious. Obama outlined his general approach on many occasions during the campaign; it was his signature domestic policy issue. John McCain engaged Obama heavily on this point, with Obama demagoguing McCain’s proposal to disconnect health insurance from employment by shrieking over his plan to tax benefits, which is exactly what the current version of ObamaCare does now. Everyone knew that Obama and the Democrats wanted heavy government control of the health-care industry, with some members calling for single-payer, and Obama had already gone on the record supporting single-payer before running for the presidency.

Now, suddenly, Buckley has to reconcile his support for Obama in light of the statist policies Obama has pursued in health care (and for that matter, on energy as well). Had Buckley and the media paid more attention during the campaign, none of this would have shocked them. For that, Buckley gets the Captain Louis Renault award for his surprise that Obama turned out to be a traditional left-politics President after a short career of supporting nothing but traditional left-politics:


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Thank you, Wind Rider..

Facepalm.

-Wind Rider

..for the most articulate response possible.

Quetzal on March 8, 2010 at 4:03 PM

He probably had a visitation from his late dad and told him he screwed up.

thmcbb on March 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Is this the same Chris Buckley who wrote a couple of funny novellas and then thought it wise to write a bio of his parents wherein he takes a very public s**t upon them?

Thought so.

Stunning that an intellect as mature as this could misjudge a person’s character so wildly.

Doorgunner on March 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

I feel sorry for these guys, who throw everything away to become the Democrats new bestest and favorite Republican. Then the Democrats don’t need them, and they are discarded and forgotten, like a broken toy after Christmas.

Kathleen Parker is another example of this.

Haiku Guy on March 8, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Yeah. It’d be sad if it wasn’t so funny.

July 10 on March 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Are Buckley and Noonan drinking buddies? They are starting to sober up at about the same time.

Mallard T. Drake on March 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

Duh

chemman on March 8, 2010 at 4:11 PM

I feel so much better now that my beliefs about Obama have received Chris Buckley’s blessing.
(do I really need to)

annoyinglittletwerp on March 8, 2010 at 4:16 PM

So everyone that was pointing this out prior to and during the election but, instead of listened to. Was smiled patronizingly at, patted on the head and shuffled into the room with the black helicopters and yeti hunters. Now? Now all of a sudden while not acknowledging a mistake or apoligizing, this same individual is now explaining to us and warning us about the situation? I think not, I for one will not be lectured and educated by one who was first in line for the Kool aide.

Koa on March 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

William Safire back in 1992 voted for Bill Clinton over George H.W. Bush, and by this time in 1994 was publically regretting his choice in the pages of The New York Times. The difference was Safire was willing to admit he had made a major mistake in judgment, and would by early 1996 be calling Hillary a congenital liar in print, leading Clinton to claim he wanted to punch the columnist in the face.

Can anyone see Christopher Buckley follow the same path? Right now he’s doing everything possible to either deny he was wrong, or if he did make an error in judgment, that you could hardly blame him, because someone with the acumen of a Warren Buffett also was fooled by Obama. It’s an apology clothed in a denial of responsibility, by assuming that Obama’s bait-and-switch was so deft, no one could have expected him to see through the shenanigans, never mind the thousands of angry replies Buckley got in October of 2008 for not seeing through the shenanigans.

If it weren’t so sad, it would be funny to watch the paths back to pundit respectability Buckley, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, Kathleen Parker and David Frum are trying to take after it turned out the troglodytes had Obama’s plans read better than they had 18 months ago. None of them have completely confessed to their failure like Safire did, with Noonan probably coming the closest so far while Parker and Frum seem to be even more determined than Buckley to pursue the “Look! A squirrel!” strategy of gaining back conservative support without ever admitting the people they look down on as their intellectual inferiors had better political sense than they did.

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

The old man was a leader in conservative thought, but this booger eater just follows the herd, in between bed wettings.

Go away, Buckley. You’re too stupid to realize your shame.

Saltysam on March 8, 2010 at 4:28 PM

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

I appreciate your point, but I can’t stomach these frauds as having any credible comparison to Safire.

Saltysam on March 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Christopher Buckley is to conservative opinion as Paris Hilton is to the luxury hotel industry.

Usful Ijit on March 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

T. Coddington van Voorhees VII

james23 on March 8, 2010 at 4:34 PM

Usful Ijit on March 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Thread over. Point meets nutshell.

Saltysam on March 8, 2010 at 4:34 PM

And with that…the son of the most brilliant and eloquent conservative voice of the past three generations finally catches up intellectually to … Sarah Palin and the Tea Party knuckleheads and pretty much every garden-variety conservative in America.

He probably could have read this whole story clearly when he was in junior high. What is it that happens to some people in graduate school? They actually get stupider.

Jaibones on March 8, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Christopher Buckley is to conservative opinion as Paris Hilton is to the luxury hotel industry.

Usful Ijit on March 8, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Without all the goo.

Jaibones on March 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM

William Sr: Son, you’ve turned out to be a colossal disappointment.

JoeySlippers on March 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM

The eminence enjoyed by Chris Buckley in the conservative movement makes me sick. Would he be anybody’s anybody were not for his father? Nepotism is contrary to everything this country stands for. Nothing corrupts like the silver spoon. Lest anyone should raise the point: Dubya was a pretty crappy president until adversary beat some character into him.

year_of_the_dingo on March 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

“Now uh, uh, uh, son, just because I’m not here to uh, uh, *smiles* guide you through the jungle of American politics doesn’t mean you drive the Gran Torino full bore off the conservative reservation –”

“But Dad …”

“Christopher, you’re simply not a conservative and this uh, uh, Obama fellow you should have seen through the Marxist haze when he first showed himself, despite his empty rhetoric.”

shades_of_gasden on March 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

He probably had a visitation from his late dad and told him he screwed up.

thmcbb on March 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

“And with William F. Buckley, in the role of the Ghost of Conservatism Past…”

Romeo13 on March 8, 2010 at 4:48 PM

There are those among the political classes who believe that education is more important than experience, that poise is more important than principle, that the ability to marshal one’s vowels and consonants and march them off the tip of one’s tongue in parade-ground formation is prima facie evidence of a mind not shackled to distasteful ideology.

They are, of course, full of crap.

JEM on March 8, 2010 at 4:53 PM

The eminence enjoyed by Chris Buckley in the conservative movement makes me sick.

year_of_the_dingo on March 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

You lost me. The eminence went out like an overloaded light bulb when he endorsed The Won.

unclesmrgol on March 8, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Jeez, they just got the livestock settled down at NRO thinking he wasn’t coming back.

Knott Buyinit on March 8, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Buckley has proven that he’s an extremely poor judge of candidates for office. Can we just place him over in some corner, and not have to hear from him any more?

hawksruleva on March 8, 2010 at 5:26 PM

I’m just a dumb prole but I knew what Comrade Zero was a year before the election….

Cicero43 on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I know the feeling. Many of us knew who Obama was and what a hard left train wreck he was going to be before the election. It was as plain as day that he would be the worst possible president at the worst possible time.

There’s been a sort of unreality to reality, if you know what I mean, that is creepy and sad. We have a huge number of grown adults who refuse to think or act like adults.

Django on March 8, 2010 at 5:32 PM

becoming the pseudo conservative darling at MS-NBC

burt on March 8, 2010 at 5:44 PM

“Just so, I have every confidence that Obama’s true conservative butterfly will emerge once in office, coaxed from its Maoist cocoon by conservatives like myself and Frum and Parker and Noonan — all of whom I am pleased to report are already under consideration for the Obama Administration State Dinner shortlist. Certainly there may be a tax increase or two, but isn’t that what estate attorneys and Cayman Island banks are for? Under a worst case scenario some of us may have to set up a lease-back depreciation arrangement on one or two of our vacation compounds, as Dad was forced to in the dark years of Carter. But I’m not worried. I’ve got a pretty good sense for character, and I’d be willing to bet my Weejuns that inside this Obama fellow lives the soul a rock-ribbed old money Brahmin. Ask yourself: could a seriously committed Marxist carry off a Brooks Brothers suit like that? I mean, other than Dad’s old commie nemesis and Harvard fencing club foe Alger Hiss.”
T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII

God Bless Iowahawk for the gift that keeps on giving!

dddave on March 8, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Go to hell you twit. You are an embarrassment to your father’s memory and should be tied up in the city square and flogged. Ooops, forgot, this is America, not Saudi Arabia, so you get to keep all of daddy’s money and continue to make an ass of yourself.

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on March 8, 2010 at 6:21 PM

I appreciate your point, but I can’t stomach these frauds as having any credible comparison to Safire.

Saltysam on March 8, 2010 at 4:32 PM

The point’s bascially that Safire made a mistake in 1992, and within 15 months of the election was willing to man-up in print about his error. The current crowd of pundits is trying everything they can not to admit the made a mistake, or in T. Coddington’s case today, to try and claim that it’s unfair to blame him for falling for Hope & Change, because most of the really smart people fell for it, too.

(And taking this line of “it’s not my fault” to it’s logical conclusion, you’re not really smart unless you fell for Obama’s Hope & Change scam in 2008, and only the dull non-imaginative/non-creative types didn’t fall for his schtick because only the really, really sophisticated types had the vision to create their own little future American Shangra-Las of racial and cultural harmony under Obama that prevented them from seeing through Barack from the beginning. Or something bizarre rationale like that.)

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

Intellectual birds of a feather stick together no matter the ideological ties. I rather remain with the rest of the great unwashed if Buckley’s idea of an intellect is Obama’s!

chickasaw42 on March 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

devolvingtowardsidiocracy on March 8, 2010 at 6:21 PM

absolutely true.

William F Buckley would NEVER have said anything so idiotic…he must be spinning in his grave….

right4life on March 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM

… while Parker and Frum seem to be even more determined than Buckley to pursue the “Look! A squirrel!” strategy of gaining back conservative support without ever admitting the people they look down on as their intellectual inferiors had better political sense than they did.

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Nice!

dissent555 on March 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

Well said.

Cicero43 on March 8, 2010 at 8:00 PM

Christopher Buckley cried during Obama’s SOTU. He cried. Because he thought it was so darn good. That is all you need to know about this as$hat.

WarEagle01 on March 8, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Oh well, he is just another idiot that regrets his vote.
These guys are a dime a dozen these days and by the time 2012 rolls around even the dems will have flipped.

TheSitRep on March 8, 2010 at 8:35 PM

Papa Buckley may be starting to turn back around in his grave. Damn cryin’ shame he gave his name to this limp-d@#$

PaCadle on March 8, 2010 at 9:19 PM

What a Jill-ass.

silverfox on March 8, 2010 at 9:23 PM

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

+100

(And taking this line of “it’s not my fault” to it’s logical conclusion, you’re not really smart unless you fell for Obama’s Hope & Change scam in 2008, and only the dull non-imaginative/non-creative types didn’t fall for his schtick because only the really, really sophisticated types had the vision …

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 6:30 PM

And thanks for adding this point specifically – I was going to if you didn’t :)

It’s a combination of:

1. “You rubes weren’t actually ‘right’ about Obama — you just pre-emptively declared him guilty in 2008 without giving him a fair shake, and then took credit in 2009-2010 for ‘calling the play’ when things just happened to turn out the way you predicted — after all, even a broken clock is ‘right’ twice a day — whereas we sophisticates were actually willing to give him a chance in 2008, and that makes us more ‘right’ than you rubes will ever be, on ‘principle’ alone, even though we screwed up the actual predictions.”

2. “The only ones eligible for the ‘smart people’ sweepstakes are those who gave Obama a chance in 2008, which excludes all of you rubes. Of the people left over, we are the smartest because at least we admit *now* that he’s screwing things up, while the others still think he’s doing a great job.”

RD on March 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Christopher Buckley is an idiot. That is why NEPOTISM is just idiotic. This guy is riding on his papa’s coat tails and is simply not that smart. If he could not see through Obama, he is no conservative and no thinker. Maybe he just wanted to be liked and invited to parties. Oh, poor little spoiled brat.

immigrantchick on March 8, 2010 at 10:41 PM

2. “The only ones eligible for the ’smart people’ sweepstakes are those of us who gave Obama a chance in 2008, which excludes all of you rubes by definition. Of the people those left over, we sophisticates are the smartest because *at least* we admit *now* that he’s screwing things up, while the others still think he’s doing a great job.”

RD on March 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM

Fixed.

RD on March 8, 2010 at 10:45 PM

I do hope the only place that will give this moron time is MSNBC, do you think he is losing $ so he he needs conservatives to buy books and watch him on TV as a supposed wise political analyst? Wooh, hoo, cry me a river. The evidence was there about BO, plain and simple. Christopher Buckley will be first in line to also worship the anti-Christ once he comes, I can almost guarantee it.

immigrantchick on March 8, 2010 at 10:45 PM

Waiting patiently for Iowahawk……

spmat on March 8, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I don’t know about so-called sophisticates but you don’t need that much mental horsepower to have seen through all of the BS. Everybody was told over and over but, no, there were many, over half, who would not listen. Well, as Oliver Hardy liked to say: “Another fine mess you’ve gotten me into….” Now, what, Mortimer?

LarryG on March 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM

baby Buckley filled his pants 18 months ago and is now trying to atone for his transgression…The smell is still about him…

Gohawgs on March 9, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Why does the image of the Batista supporters getting on their boats and planes when the SHTF in Cuba in one of the Godfather movies keep coming to mind when I read about or see a clip of these idiots?

You know damn well that if (when) things fall apart they will suddenly be nowhere to be found.

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 9, 2010 at 1:41 AM

Suckley won the Upper Class Twit of the Year Award 18 months ago. The awards committee has decided to let him keep it perpetuity.

sawbuck on March 9, 2010 at 9:46 AM

Buckley should just admit he is in no way the heir of his father’s intellect. And then retire.

Disturb the Universe on March 9, 2010 at 10:40 AM

Will he last of the lamestream media Hope and Change groupie to leave the cult please bring the photos of Rahm and Massa nekked in the shower……

huskerdiva on March 9, 2010 at 11:33 AM

It is nice for those who voted for Obama to admit they were wrong. That gives me hope for 2012.

I can’t imagine the damage Obama’s appointments are going to do to this country in the next two years. We won’t even have a free society after 8.

The power of the executive is over whelming! Obama’s appointing the most radical socialists he can find! He is doing true true damage to our laws!

petunia on March 9, 2010 at 12:00 PM

Christopher didn’t get his fathers IQ.

MCGIRV on March 9, 2010 at 2:30 PM

Who are you, Socrates?

Far from it. But consider: There was a lot of debate back in 2001-03 about whether we should go to war in Iraq. President Bush finally stamped his feet and said more or less what Obama is now saying, namely: “The time for talk is over.” Do you think we did the right thing in 2003?

Let’s ask all those Iraqis who just finished another round of voting if they think life is better now or better under Saddam Hussein. I’m guessing they probably think we did the right thing.

Laura on March 9, 2010 at 7:07 PM

Christopher Buckley wanted to look cool. He was just another one of those high profile bandwagoners. And he must have felt “secure” that people like Brooks, Parker and Noonan were either in awe or admiration of Obama and his pants(that would be Brooks).

He now feels compelled to remain “honest”..suddenly and that too after Scott Brown has won. Did we hear anything like this from him back in December when the bill was STILL and probably a BIGGER crap sandwich ?

Does any one think that he would come out and say this if Scott Brown “lost” 49 to 51 and this was passed ? I BET he would be talking about the positives in the bill.

nagee76 on March 10, 2010 at 8:38 AM

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