WILLIAM BUCKLEY, NEMESIS OF LIBERALS
William Buckley, one of the most sophisticated conservatives of the last half century is dead. Buckley was famous for delivering death blows to liberals and using big and rare words on his long-running show Firing Line. The NYT has an obituary and there's also an informative piece on the Omnivoracious blog. While Buckley was one clever weasel, what I admire about him was that he was extremely intelligent and articulate, and at least appeared to possess a fair amount of sophistication. Something that's utterly lacking in today's chest-thumping conservative yokels. As a tribute to him, I am posting a link to a debate he had with Noam Chomsky on Firing Line. Chomsky prevails in the end, but we can challenge any of today's so-called conservatives to be half as obnoxiously erudite.