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Post William F Buckley as Politician
Created by John Eipper on 02/15/19 3:59 AM

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William F Buckley as Politician (David Duggan, USA, 02/15/19 3:59 am)

John E wrote that Bill Buckley was "not a politician." He ran for mayor of New York City in the mid 1960s. John Lindsay was elected by my recollection.

JE comments: You are correct, David, in 1965. He represented the Conservative Party and received 13.4% of the vote.  Wikipedia recalls one of the most refreshing quips ever uttered in a political debate.  At one point Buckley declined the opportunity to rebut, saying instead, "I am satisfied to sit back and contemplate my own former eloquence."  (You listening, Mr President?)


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  • William F Buckley's Mayoral Campaign (Patrick Mears, Germany 02/15/19 12:35 PM)
    One of William F. Buckley's best comments during the 1965 NYC mayoral campaign was his answer to the question, "What will you do if you win?" His response: "Immediately demand a recount."

    Buckley wrote a book about this campaign that was published soon after the election and is entitled The Unmaking of a Mayor. As it is will most, if not all, of his writings, these memoirs of the campaign are enjoyable to read and absorb his extensive vocabulary. As a senior in law school interviewing with a firm in New York City, I had a free afternoon one day and decided to visit him on a drop-in basis at the National Review HQ, which was (and maybe still is) in Manhattan's Murray Hill district. He wasn't in, unfortunately, but I received a tour of his personal office and the facility itself accompanied by his secretary.

    JE comments:  Does the Intellectual Right have anyone today to rival Bill Buckley?  I'd like to hear WAISdom's thoughts.

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