He and WFB never really were the type to take center stage–no talk show hosting, none of the typical antics.
WFB was most certainly a talk show host, He hosted Firing Line for 33 year. It was on PBS many of those years, but doesn’t Firing Line count as a talk show?
I have a lot of respect for conservatives like WFB, Jim Leach, Eisenhower and even Barry Goldwater. But the modern ‘neo-conservatives’, no longer respect privacy, the rule of law, or personal liberties (other than economic liberties), have less budget discipline than the liberals, are infatuated with imperial ambition and are increasingly theocratic. They are no longer acting to conserve traditional American values.
I will say that John McCain is something of a ‘throwback’ to the old school conservative, which I view as his primary strength. But, he still is stuck in the party of Bush and the neo-cons.
Trying to get back on topic, if (like me) C Buckley views neo-cons as almost the opposite of libertarians, I can understand why he might be disenchanted with the John McCain that has been forced to move toward the neo-con ‘base’ of the Republican party.
Interesting post. You are, of course, correct about WFB hosting Firing Line for so many years. I spoke very incorrectly. I suppose the main point I was trying to make is that WFB and son didn’t/don’t like to spew empty polarizing rhetoric to get attention. They tend to take positions based on their ideals, and that either gets them attention or not.
Regarding the other, I suppose that may be very viable, but I wonder why he did not instead opt to advocate a third party. That would be much more in line with his thinking I would suppose. It makes no sense for him to advocate voting for Obama on the premise that he would do little or none of what he campaigns for, with the strong possibility of a Dem supermajority in Congress, which would undoubtedly turn into something C Buckley would never approve. It is a fascinating situation.