A lot of wingnuts are dismissing Christopher Buckley for leaving the National Review. They seem to forget that the National Review wouldn't be here if it wasn't for his father, who founded the magazine. Buckley shares a sentiment that I hear from countless Republicans, especially the Reagan class of Republicans:
While I regret this development, I am not in mourning, for I no longer have any clear idea what, exactly, the modern conservative movement stands for. Eight years of “conservative” government has brought us a doubled national debt, ruinous expansion of entitlement programs, bridges to nowhere, poster boy Jack Abramoff and an ill-premised, ill-waged war conducted by politicians of breathtaking arrogance. As a sideshow, it brought us a truly obscene attempt at federal intervention in the Terry Schiavo case.
Instead today's Republican party has become a group of hate-filled irrational thinkers who believe America's only obligation is global dominance. They don't give a damn about the people of this country, as long as they can wage wars and instill feelings of fear and hatred into their followers. John McCain was different from this, but that was back in 2000. Now he has sold his soul in an attempt to become President. To hear him or his campaign talk, they act like McCain becoming President is a right due to his time as a POW. They care nothing about country or principal and continue to rally the troops to yell out hateful and violent lines about his opponent. If Reagan was alive today he would beat McCain's ass - literally.