How’s this for an obituary:
He once had a war of words with Gore Vidal (whom he addressed as “you queer” after Vidal called him a “pro-war-crypto-Nazi”) and he made such condescending remarks about gay rights as, “A homosexual has a right not to get hit by a truck.” Yes, William F. Buckley Jr., that great charmer of men and founder of conservative soapbox The National Review, is finally dead. After graduating Yale in 1950, Buckley rose to right-wing fame after penning the book God and Man at Yale, in which he went after the growing threat of “liberal professors” who were forcing their heathen views on unsuspecting students. He may be responsible, in fact, for popularizing the term “liberal professor” and for turning the American Right into a bunch of anti-intellectual, academia-hating Texans. More recently he has weighed in on the illogic of the Episcopal Church in trying to canonize homosexuals and spoken in support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. He leaves a great legacy of tight-assed stubbornness behind him, and his influence will probably still be felt for years to come.
Call it tasteless, but its all very true. And in light of William F. Buckley‘s death, The Sword also offers a wishlist of conservative commentator be-gones to come (Dick Cheney’s presence along side Fred Phelps, Sr is a bit over the top, but otherwise its an agreeable list). They even include an expected death date (Jesse Helms is next, though personally I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Fred Phelps). Check it out and place your own bets!