As country-club conservatives such as Christopher Buckley jump ship, and the likes of Bill Kristol are calling for "John McCain to fire his campaign," the loyal conservative intellectual is becoming a very rare animal indeed.
So, in the months and years to come, it falls to those of us who advocate for free markets to persist in making our case. It is true that momentary events likely will cloud the public judgment and provide nefarious opportunity for statists and other political hustlers. --Blankley for the Washington Times on Oct. 3, 2008.That doesn't really do him justice. You have to hear his subtle British accent to get the full effect. Go dig a "Left, Right & Center" podcast if you have the time. If you don't, I suggest you make the time. It's good radio and good politics. While we're on the topic, I never listen to lefty radio. To me, Stephanie Miller is as useless as Rush Limbaugh. I only listen to point-counterpoint formats (although I admit to checking in on the lefty site HuffPo. It's sort of a guilty pleasure of mine).
Buckley's Obama endorsement earned him a chilly farewell from National Review. They may want to rethink that. They might want to hang onto all the thinking country-club righties they've got. Maybe that's why I'm a softie for Blankley, he symbolizes the last loyal intellectual conservative for me.
I picture him in his stiff navy blue double-breasted blazer, his pocket square a discreet dash of color across his heart. Frozen in a proud salute, Blankley stands at the bow of the great sinking USS Republican while the pulpit rises, rises, rises and the stern sinks, sinks, sinks. One can imagine a single tear tracing the line of his cheek as he silently succumbs to the final gurgle, gurgle, gurgle.
Tony, baby, that UnderDog outfit sure looks cute on you. Come on over here and I'll brew you a cup of recession coffee any day of the week.