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7/12/2004


Robert Novak: Buckley vs. Reagan (Jr.)

Bill Buckley goes head to head with Ron Reagan Jr. This is a great piece by Robert Novak. You won't miss much if you follow the link. Here is the bulk of the piece.

    This fit the desperate effort by Bush-bashers to keep the president from politically benefiting as a result of national grief over Reagan's passing. With publication in The New York Times Magazine of Ron Jr.'s interview with Deborah Solomon, Buckley wrote the son with a point-by-point response.

    RR Jr.: The nude picture of his sister Patti in Playboy was "just something that is not too exciting."

    WFB: "Why then was there so much excitement about it?"

    RR Jr.: As for his father's reaction when he dropped out of Yale to join the ballet, "That was fine with him."

    WFB: "It wasn't fine with him and he enlisted my aid in trying to persuade you to stay in college."

    RR Jr.: Having three cats while being childless "is like having children." WFB: "No, it's not like having children."

    RR Jr.: As to whether his mother helps him out financially, "Of course not. My father felt that children should make their own way."

    WFB: "I know, and you know that I know, something about that question. But to say that 'of course' your mother does not help you out suggests she will not do so even if there were a need. Are you saying she would not acknowledge you in her will?"

    RR Jr.: As to the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, "How can Christians tolerate it?"

    WFB: "I don't know of any Christians who 'tolerate it.' The perpetrators are reviled."

    RR Jr.: In an answer to a question, he said he did not vote for Bush in the last election.

    WFB: "Odd that you should permit this invasion of privacy whose only purpose is to remark the political infidelity of the son of Ronald Reagan."

    RR Jr.: His father "worked hard to impress upon his children the value of kindness."

    WFB: "If he did, he was manifestly unsuccessful."

    This is more than a wayward son, at age 46 with a career seemingly going nowhere, seeking 15 minutes of fame. He has signed with MSNBC as a "contributor" for the 2004 campaign. It is a windfall for Democratic operatives to quote the son of Ronald Reagan saying of Republicans: "I couldn't join a party that, frankly, tolerates members who are bigots for one thing, homophobes, racists."
This is just a shame really. My father and I are political opposites too. Yet I would never try and paint him as something he's not. My dad made it known that he believes Bush to be the biggest idiot on the face of the earth and Socialism is the cure for our unjust capitalist society. I don't understand how he got to that point, but there it is. It's reality. Unless he changes his mind, I would never presume to change it for him by telling lies, especially if he (God forbid) died. That would be gravely disrespectful.

Sorry Ron Jr. No matter how hard you try and paint your father as a liberal democrat, he was most definitely a conservative republican. Nothing can change that.

posted by: Brian Scott


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