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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Facepalm.

Wind Rider on March 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

Welcome. There are still some seats in back. Coffee is on the honor system, bathrooms are down the hall.

rogerb on March 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

TEABAGGER! RACIST!

Good Lt on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

You have to give the educaded class some extra time to figure.

the_nile on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I’m just a dumb prole but I knew what Comrade Zero was a year before the election. Chris Buckley couldn’t quite figure it out until now. Why should I listen to someone who’s proved himself to be dumber than I am?

Chris, on the next big issue, call me before you open your big, stupid trap. I can save you lots of embarassment.

Cicero43 on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

I tried reading one of his books. It’s like he has a computer program to spit out puns and plot. I’m not sure why anyone cares what this guy says. Even before he backed Obama. Not to mention that he is trying to get his books made into movies, so right there I could have predicted that he would come out as a lefty to fit in with the Hollywood crowd. Like his books, he is predictable.

Monkeytoe on March 8, 2010 at 3:00 PM

In this case, the apple is 180 degrees away from the tree. He does not have half the intellect of his Dad.

kingsjester on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Ah, poor Buckley. Like a lover scorned he finally sees the light.

docdave on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

A day late? More like a year late.

DJ Rick on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Aw, 0bama only left $5 on Buckley’s nightstand.

SouthernGent on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Too late Buckley, you’ve been excommunicated for terminal douchery.

Monica on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

How disappointed is a father is a wayward child. Well at least the prodigal son seems to be on the way home.

eaglewingz08 on March 8, 2010 at 3:01 PM

This guy needs a sign in his office that says:
How many were there?
Which way did they go?
I must find them!
I am their leader!!

Patrick S on March 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Two from Buckley? AP must be on the job. I’m bracing myself for a post from Ross Douthat next. The typical ignorant suspects who act so smart that yet end up being so stupid. Nothing here that wasn’t already known about this elitist. They’re so smart, they’re stupid.

Sultry Beauty on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Scuttle the Hopey Titanic,and let is slip into the deep,and let it be crushed under the pressure that its now recieving!

canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

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.

I’m a pretty forgiving dude, but these so-called conservatives who publicly backed Obama deserve no leeway for their stupidity. They were enablers in his campaign to portray himself as a moderate. As far as I’m concerned, they should be relegated to obscurity with the rest of the lamestream media.

Doughboy on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

To little to late indeed.

Geeze it would have been nice if more people had pulled their heads out of their arses BEFORE the election.

capejasmine on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Late may be better than never, but, in this case, not much better.

Count to 10 on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Welcome. There are still some seats in back. Coffee is on the honor system, bathrooms are down the hall.

rogerb on March 8, 2010 at 2:59 PM

My thoughts exactly.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2010 at 3:04 PM

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:

If Dad would’ve still been around, then Chris B would’ve received a swift kick in the pants as a preventive measure for the CPT Louis Renault Award. However, justice delayed isn’t justice denied. Take your medicine Chris, and get back on the reality train now that the hopenchange train has proven that it can’t even leave the station.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

As a political thinker, Buckley’s still on training wheels.

Cicero43 on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

can someone explain to me why Buckley’s opinion matters in the first place? What has he accomplished?

booter on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

I’m a pretty forgiving dude, but these so-called conservatives who publicly backed Obama deserve no leeway for their stupidity. They were enablers in his campaign to portray himself as a moderate. As far as I’m concerned, they should be relegated to obscurity with the rest of the lamestream media.

Doughboy on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Yeah, it’s better that we reject the repentent once and force them to vote Democrat.

Great plan. And I bet you wonder why the GOP is hated just as much as Democrats.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

*confirmed*

WFB smiling in heaven.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

What do I need a pundit for, if he’s just figuring out today what I knew two years ago?

Breaking News from 2007 – Obama is a Jackass.

Thanks Chris!

NoDonkey on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

can someone explain to me why Buckley’s opinion matters in the first place? What has he accomplished?

booter on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

He was born. That’s all I got.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

That horse left the barn a long time ago.

chunderroad on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Ah, poor Buckley. Like a lover scorned he finally sees the light

Exactly, he renounced the Iraq invasion while he was dying. He realized the neoconservative movement infiltration at that point.

Spathi on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

can someone explain to me why Buckley’s opinion matters in the first place? What has he accomplished?

booter on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Dunno, but it appears his opinion ranks up there between Bob Denver’s and Paris Hilton’s.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

I am still amazed by people who think that Ho’Bama is smart. If you get him”off script” he is utterly embarrassing and mostly incoherent.

jsunrise on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Obviously Buckley hasn’t seen firsthand the incredible crease in PBHO’s slacks, other self-anointed members of the intelligentsia have proclaimed it to be quite stunning. The sign of a vibrant and capable leader: a perfect pants crease.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Unbelievable,the pundits and so-called experts are bailing
out,on HopeLess/ChangeLess!!

And,Hot Air knew this,after Hopey’s Oath Take Re-do!!!

canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Far as I’m concerned, Bucky can take his freaking crayons and coloring book and leave. It’s a little late now my ‘elite intellectual’. Just take a magic marker and write STUPID on your forehead.

GarandFan on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Think of what is happening to Buckley here as that part of the picture where the evil alien creature that has been controlling the victim’s mind for most of the movie has been destroyed and the victim now wakes up dazed and confused, wondering where he is and what happened to him.

pilamaye on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Conservative darling at MS-NBC

Well, I can well imagine that they will want to throughly examine he why jumped off the bandwagon, right?

Right?

Chip on March 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Two from Buckley? AP must be on the job. I’m bracing myself for a post from Ross Douthat next. The typical ignorant suspects who act so smart that yet end up being so stupid. Nothing here that wasn’t already known about this elitist. They’re so smart, they’re stupid.

Sultry Beauty on March 8, 2010 at 3:03 PM

I’ve tried to give AP the benefit of the doubt and say to myself that he posts these headlines because of how rediculous they are, and he enjoys us making fun of them.

The moron overload is wearing me down though.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2010 at 3:08 PM

Obviously Buckley hasn’t seen firsthand the incredible crease in PBHO’s slacks, other self-anointed members of the intelligentsia have proclaimed it to be quite stunning. The sign of a vibrant and capable leader: a perfect pants crease.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 3:07 PM

Bishop:Ahem,Mom Jeans,haha!:)

canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Unworthy son of a great house. Just like Ron Reagan, Jr.

Wethal on March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

What’s it called when you perceive a first class intellect where it doesn’t exist?

solidaction on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

When you’ve lost Buckley,
It means you have lose Buckley,
And nobody cares…

Haiku Guy on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

David Brooks still loves Obama’s trouser crease, however.

irishspy on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

Eh, Buckley is spineless. He’s just going with the current way the wind is blowin’.

clearbluesky on March 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

Radaronline just announced Buckley as their new columnist.

txag92 on March 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

neoconservative

Spathi on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

polly want your cracker?

CWforFreedom on March 8, 2010 at 3:11 PM

What’s it called when you perceive a first class intellect where it doesn’t exist?

solidaction on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

1. elitism

2. self-delusion

kingsjester on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Yeah, it’s better that we reject the repentent once and force them to vote Democrat.

Great plan. And I bet you wonder why the GOP is hated just as much as Democrats.

uknowmorethanme on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

The GOP is hated because they keep trying to appease idiots like Buckley and Brooks instead of listening to the people. Believe me, if those guys are in your corner, you’re no conservative.

Doughboy on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Bishop:Ahem,Mom Jeans,haha!:)
canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Hey! Zip it you! Those jeans were creased too, I’ll have you know.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Christopher Buckley – just another over-educated fool without a lick of common sense.

He should fall on his knees and thank God he was born rich.

bw222 on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

As a political thinker, Buckley’s still on training wheels.

Cicero43 on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Cicero43:Just like David Brooks,they could go riding
together!

canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

a hopenchange rat gasping for air as the ship slips below the waterline.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Exactly, he renounced the Iraq invasion while he was dying. He realized the neoconservative movement infiltration at that point.

Spathi on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

I was going to ask what in the world you were talking about. But it’s obvious you don’t know.

kingsjester on March 8, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Why do the “smartest” take longer to learn?

faraway on March 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

What’s it called when you perceive a first class intellect where it doesn’t exist?

solidaction on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

‘projection’ among the liberal-elite mutual admiration society.

Firefly_76 on March 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Welcome to the party, pal. Better late than never.

Midas on March 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

neoconservative

Spathi on March 8, 2010 at 3:06 PM

Acroso – isn’t there a semi that you should be lying under somewhere?

bw222 on March 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

Believe me, if those guys are in your corner, you’re no conservative.

Doughboy on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

there’s a joke in there somewhere about what do you get when you’re stuck in a corner with david brooks and Chris Buckley….punchline includes some pants crease…er something— brain fail.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

can someone explain to me why Buckley’s opinion matters in the first place? What has he accomplished?

booter on March 8, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Well he probably did discover that if you stand in the wind, you can make the pinwheel spin faster than if you just stand in a room blowing on it.

capejasmine on March 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

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.”

… and yet he has at least two more stump speeches trying to generate support for passage of the health care crap this week alone.

STFU already, O.

Midas on March 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

When will America stop equating intelligence with good sense? A high IQ with wisdom? A good campaigner with a good chief executive?

Give me dumb old Dutch Reagan or W Bush any day of the week over these over-educated, circular eyeglass wearing, crease-in-his pants and cut-of-his-jib elitists.

gag.

DrW on March 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

Why does anyone listen to anything Chris Buckley or Davind Brooks says? (Why does anyone believe anything Barack Obama says?)

olesparkie on March 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

What’s it called when you perceive a first class intellect where it doesn’t exist?

solidaction on March 8, 2010 at 3:10 PM

It means the one doing the ‘perceiving’ isn’t as bright as he thinks he is.

Midas on March 8, 2010 at 3:17 PM

Bishop:Ahem,Mom Jeans,haha!:)
canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:09 PM
—————————————-
Hey! Zip it you! Those jeans were creased too, I’ll have you know.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 3:12 PM

Bishop:hehe:)

canopfor on March 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

DrW on March 8, 2010 at 3:16 PM

+5

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

oh, and one more thing Buckley…as your daddy would have said, you’ve been ‘hoist on your own petard’.

DrW on March 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

In other words, Obama couldn’t sell watermelons on a hot summer day. – Dan Rather.

lorien1973 on March 8, 2010 at 3:18 PM

EFF you Buckley.

You look even more stupid than you feel. Someone who was a political novice and tuned into talk radio less than a year before Turkmanbama was elected could see what a flaming, liberal disaster he was to be. And yet you had such a rich history of conservatism in your family. Eff you.

Gob on March 8, 2010 at 3:21 PM

The prodigal son comes wandering back.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:23 PM

Is there any reason to listen to this person ? Do you want him back in the “conservative” camp ?

borntoraisehogs on March 8, 2010 at 3:24 PM

Too late Buckley. Maybe you and David Brooks should get together and compare the different brands of knee pads you use.

AubieJon on March 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Buckley does rate high on the D bag scale. Face palm doesn’t begin to describe this guy. Even if he throws in a PJ O’Rourke quote, I still have no stomach for unprincipled flip floppers.

search4truth on March 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Chris really blew it last year. I hope he feels like the bamboozled moron that he is.

BottomLine5 on March 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

Why do the “smartest” take longer to learn?

faraway on March 8, 2010 at 3:14 PM

We’ve been indoctrinated to equate “smart” with “educated”…

Yet I’ve found in my life, that the most Educated people, are usualy the slowest to change their minds when confronted with Data which contradicts some knowledge or belief they have.

While often, the less educated seems much more willing to change an opinion or belief… perhaps because they KNOW they do not KNOW?

The “Elite” are still of the mindset we need them… but with the internet and ability for almost anyone to get information quickly, that perception is rapidly changing… thank goodness.

Romeo13 on March 8, 2010 at 3:29 PM

Eventually, David Brooks will recant his support for Obama, too, and it will be on pay-per-view.

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

I can sum this up in one line, as I always do now when David Brooks or Chris Buckley come up:

Chris Buckley – Idiot.

AUINSC on March 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Chris really blew it last year. I hope he feels like the bamboozled moron that he is.

BottomLine5 on March 8, 2010 at 3:25 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

Buckley, I’d say next time look past your hubris and listen to the people who immediately saw right through this guy…but everyone knows you’re going to fall head over heels for the next sweet-talking liberal anyway so I won’t waste my breath.

JohnTant on March 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Your 15 minutes was up a long time ago…..

wildweasel on March 8, 2010 at 3:32 PM

ahh … pride …

j_galt on March 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Eventually, David Brooks will recant his support for Obama, too, and it will be on pay-per-view.

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

No, the intellegentsia engages in a slow and invisible retreat as to maintain enough of a nuance as to not get them disinvited from future cocktail parties.

ted c on March 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

I look forward to an interesting Q&A from T. Coddington soon…

darii on March 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

HeadlinesChristopher Buckley
Kill the bill!
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 Mr. Obama is now saying, namely: “The time for talk is over.” Do you think we did the right thing in 2003?
Are you saying that health-care reform could be Obama’s Iraq?
I hope not, for all our sake. Not to sound like Pollyanna, but we’re all in this together.
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Do you think we did the right thing in 2003?
Absolutely.

Rocks on March 8, 2010 at 10:58 AM

You wanted the “Hope and Change”, Buckley. You and your “educated elite” buddies. Choke on it.

SouthernGent on March 8, 2010 at 10:59 AM

A little late to the party, eh, Mr. Buckley?

Good Lt on March 8, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Gawd your father must be disappointed beyond words rolling over in his grave.

Tim Zank on March 8, 2010 at 11:01 AM

But driving the country into bankruptcy isn’t going to help anyone in the long run
An excellent point that moderate Democrats should well consider before supporting that Turd of a bill.

Chip on March 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Chris Buckley – Idiot.

AUINSC on March 8, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Fey nitwit squirms and whines. Big deal.

BTW, read WFB’s “Airborne” for a little insight into CB’s whiny disposition.

greggriffith on March 8, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Having second thoughts on hope & change, Chrissy?

rbj on March 8, 2010 at 11:08 AM

“Hey, Buckley, give me 800 words to fill up this otherwise empty spot on my blog.”

Buckley : “Well if that’s all ya wanna do, do like Fox and put up some blond boobies.”

Skandia Recluse on March 8, 2010 at 11:16 AM

When you’ve lost Chris Buckley….

t.ferg on March 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

Chris Buckley, sound like Pollyanna?

NO WAY!

Red Cloud on March 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

CB should be listened to, any guy who puts the earpiece of his glasses in his teeth is obviously very astute and intelligent.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Sometimes I think these pundits voted for Obama just to have something juicy to rant about later.

Thanks for nothing, Chris.

PattyJ on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Uh, Chris, didn’t we go into Iraq with heavy bipartisan support?

Unlike, of course, ObankruptCare…

(I guess if your dad was a grand poobah of sorts, you get to make up history and draw apples-to-oranges analogies as though they were legitimate.)

beatcanvas on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Ask yourself: Is taking action in itself a virtue?
This is one part that really bugs me. One of the aspects of Liberal Fascism that has really rung true is the cult of action. Who cares what we’re doing, we need to do something! It needs to go forward!

Change! Something different! Act!

And when it’s clear to any thinking person that the bill is a turd (and I’m not trying to say liberals aren’t thinking, even they realize this for the most part) we get this crappy excuse that we need to do something. Would you rather do nothing!?

No, I’m a conservative, I’d rather act slowly, deliberately, and with certitude.

Keljeck on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM

CB should be listened to, any guy who puts the earpiece of his glasses in his teeth is obviously very astute and intelligent.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM
Pretty safe bet that’s not the only thing in his mouth on a regular basis either.

Tim Zank on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM

Chris Buckley: Thank You For Mea Culpa

georgealbert on March 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM

Translation: Look, Barry, you’ve already made me look like an opportunistic fool, and I pissed away my heritage and most of my audience for you… so PLEASE don’t push the piece of crap you promised you’d push in 2008 when I supported you without reservation.

mankai on March 8, 2010 at 11:31 AM

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.
T. Coddington apparently is going to use Warren Buffet as a shield to ride back to respectability, or at the very least to justify his actions of the past 18 or so months.

“I followed the same path as Warren Buffett, and Warren is the smartest investor out there,” seems to be Buckley’s strtegerie here. The problem is that 1.) Warren has been openly supporting Democrats since Clinton was in office; 2.) Warren didn’t have such a hot couple of years in 2007-08, his early perception (along with several million conservatives) of the mortgage crisis to the contrary; 3.) Since Warren had shown his support for the Democrats over the past decade, you’d think he would have at least broken a teensy little bit from them when folks like Barney Frank were defending Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from the White House’s attempts at reform six years ago and given the Bush Administration some public backing.

That didn’t happen, and Buffett apprently thought that the answer to all those low-interest/high credit-risk mortgages was to put their biggest supporters in charge of the federal branch of government by his support of Obama in 2008. That doesn’t negate Warren’s economic and investing smarts, but it does put him on the billionaires’ short bus when it comes to political savvy. So Buckley shouldn’t expect that just because Buffett has now figured things out, Chris is going to be able to ride back in and hit the reset button on his actions since the fall of 2008 and everyone will go back to assuming he knows what he’s talking about just because he’s William F. Buckley’s son.

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM

But surely 100 percent of Americans are tired of all the back-and-forth, and want action taken.
Ask yourself: Is taking action in itself a virtue?
Seems to be the Obama mantra.

CWforFreedom on March 8, 2010 at 11:37 AM

Normally I’d be laughing evilly at what your choice has gotten you into. Unfortunately, it also got all of us into it, too.

Physics Geek on March 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Obama under the bus and now on to humping Warren Buffets leg. Roger that. Thanks for the update.

Dash on March 8, 2010 at 11:40 AM

His portfolio must be dropping

entagor on March 8, 2010 at 11:45 AM

jon1979 on March 8, 2010 at 11:35 AM
Very well said. Buckley’s technique of hiding behind Buffet’s skirt in this article is not a substitute for… um… thought and argument. I am glad that Buffet might finally have seen the light on this issue (and was an early critic of mortgage backed derivatives/credit default swaps, but (as a mega-businessman who is happy to rent seek for his businesses) he is not a reliable impartial political thinker.

chaswv on March 8, 2010 at 11:46 AM

CB should be listened to, any guy who puts the earpiece of his glasses in his teeth is obviously very astute and intelligent.

Bishop on March 8, 2010 at 11:21 AM
My dog does that. But, she doesn’t have any glasses so she uses mine. And, yes, she is very astute and intelligent but not when she chews up another *&%^$#@ pair of sunglasses.

Blake on March 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I’d rather listen to Jimmy Buffett than listen to his father. His position on inheritance taxes drives me crazy. He is free to give away every dime he’s ever made, but the rest of us should be free to make our own choices in these matters. The very last place I’d give money to are the fat cats in the Federal government.

Buy Danish on March 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM

and why we’d all be better off if Warren Buffett were president.
Pardon me Chris, didn’t you vote for Obama? You ain’t as smart as your old man.

Herb on March 8, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Most of Warren Buffet’s money will be going to charitable trust ……………. therefore, his estate will pay little or no estate tax.

SC.Charlie on March 8, 2010 at 11:58 AM

If the old saw ‘the apple doesn’t fall from the tree’ is true then the Buckley tree was planted on one hell of a steep slope.

turfmann on March 8, 2010 at 11:59 AM

If this guy’s name was Buck Christopher, nobody would even know who he is, never mind publish his work.

TheBigOldDog on March 8, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Bwahahahahaha!!! Buckley is a year and a half behind the curve. Can anyone say “irrelevant”?

csdeven on March 8, 2010 at 12:20 PM

Keljeck on March 8, 2010 at 11:23 AM
As a wise man once said:

Don’t just do something, Doctor; Stand there!

July 10 on March 8, 2010 at 12:54 PM

T. Coddington.

Kensington on March 8, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Kill it? Hell, I think they should rename it in honor of Mr. Van Voorhees. The “National Topsider Healthcare Act?”

james23 on March 8, 2010 at 1:09 PM

“The time for talk is over.”

So please,
just button it and go away Chris!
If its not Frum its Brooks,
followed by another lefty twit like Puckley
playing dressup in Conservatve clothes…
Suspect Rahm visited them in the shower too?!

“Let’s Roll”

On Watch on March 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM

If it was not for his father’s name this guy would be mopping the bathroom at some truck stop on the 11P to 7A shift.

Aviator on March 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Demigod and man at MSNBC.

mankai on March 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

Eventually, David Brooks will recant his support for Obama, too, and it will be on pay-per-view.

Emperor Norton on March 8, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Brooks will say: “Lately, the President’s pants have not appeared to be ironed, let alone properly creased. I have no choice but to wonder if a man with such a lackadaisical approach to his pants can really appreciate Niebuhr…”

darii on March 8, 2010 at 3:35 PM

On Watch on March 8, 2010 at 3:34 PM

Um, that was a lot of text…

darii on March 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM

Are the so called “elites” worried that the riff-raff might be in power soon and they are afraid to be out of favor with us? So they’re starting to back-pedal on their Obama love? Too late.

katiejane on March 8, 2010 at 3:38 PM

dari,
dont know how that happened?

I just scrolled through and voila!

On Watch on March 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Elite does not equal intelligent, or brilliant should I say instead?

Geez, thought I would enjoy all of the “crow eating” people who supported Obama. However, with the roller-coaster ride Obama seems to be enjoying at our expense it is kind of ticking me off!

truetexan on March 8, 2010 at 3:40 PM

thanks for the heads up there mr. sharpie. next time an election comes up why not keep your trap shut since you seem to be clueless.

exceller on March 8, 2010 at 3:41 PM

Unexpected.

Got it.

Too bad you didn’t…

karl9000 on March 8, 2010 at 3:43 PM

I just want to go on the record here that there is no person, Democrat or Republican, who disgusts me as much as this Buckley character. And I include Andrew Sullivan in that list. His immature writing style, his self-indulgence, that ridiculous pose he has in his mug at Daily Beast … I flat-out can’t stand this guy. His dad, different story.
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Good old Christopher proves the apple can indeed fall far from the tree or at least end up far from it if a mule picks it up, eats it, ambles off to the left, and dumps it in a steaming pile on the back side of the orchard, or, as I like to call it, “The Daily Beast.”

MaxMBJ on March 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Chris,

I guess the fleas were too much for you… right?

newton on March 8, 2010 at 3:47 PM

How could so many people have thought this guy would be a good president when it was so obvious to so many that he would not be even be a mediocre president? Stunning.

scalleywag on March 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

OT, where’s AP been?

scalleywag on March 8, 2010 at 3:50 PM

How could so many people have thought this guy would be a good president when it was so obvious to so many that he would not be even be a mediocre president? Stunning.

scalleywag on March 8, 2010 at 3:49 PM

They mistook Obama for Doug Henning, and believed in magic.

capejasmine on March 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Obama to Buckley, “How’s my a$$ taste?”

cyclown on March 8, 2010 at 3:54 PM

Buckley and his “intellectual products” became dead to me at the time of the endorsement.

It was jaw-dropping that a supposedly thinking conservative couldn’t see right through this charlatan and be able to put two and two together way back about late 2007.

Edouard on March 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Good old Christopher proves the apple can indeed fall far from the tree or at least end up far from it if a mule picks it up, eats it, ambles off to the left, and dumps it in a steaming pile on the back side of the orchard, or, as I like to call it, “The Daily Beast.”

MaxMBJ on March 8, 2010 at 3:46 PM

+100!

scalleywag on March 8, 2010 at 3:55 PM

Piss off, preppie. I had no regard for your opinion then, and certainly don’t now.

rrpjr on March 8, 2010 at 3:58 PM

The Frum Forum is now in mourning.

“Why Chris??? Why????”

portlandon on March 8, 2010 at 4:01 PM

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