Lowell Weicker was a moderate Republican Senator of Connecticut when he was defeated by Joe Lieberman with the strong assistance of Bill Buckley. Buckley later came to regret his effort when Lieberman came out full force for the Iraq war.

We too often forget that conservatism in this country was launched by Buckley — National Review and many other efforts both up front and behind the scenes. I would imagine that he might today be somewhat appalled by the monster he has spawned. As the Iraq rejection indicated, Buckley became more moderate towards his last days. Still the damage had been done. I recall Buckley’s Yale attack on such at Yale as Sid Lovett who had been jailed for resisting the draft in W.W.I. and who was long time Yale Chaplain. I believe that God and Man at Yale was Buckley’s first book and he attended to all things that happened there where he had taught Spanish as well as being a student:


One should not be surprised to see the Joe Lieberman of today — doing his best to sabotage Obama (liberal programs). It is amazing to me with his history that he actually got to run as a Democratic vice presidential candidate. It all goes to show how short range people’s political memories are.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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