facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

GOP's Christopher Buckley backs Obama

Oct. 11, 2008 at 8:13 AM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The son of the late U.S. conservative icon William F. Buckley says he's voting for Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Christopher Buckley, a staunch Republican and columnist for the conservative National Review magazine, revealed Friday that for the first time in his life he will vote for a Democrat for president next month, CNN reported.

"It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup (sic) are no longer alive," Buckley wrote on the Web site The Daily Beast. "They'd cut off my allowance."

Buckley said Obama, a U.S. senator from Illinois, "has in him -- I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy 'We are the people we have been waiting for' silly rhetoric -- the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader. He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for."

Buckley said he is dropping his support for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain of Arizona because the presidential campaign has changed him, CNN reported.

"It has made him inauthentic," Buckley wrote. "A once-first class temperament has become irascible and snarly; his positions change, and lack coherence; he makes unrealistic promises..."

© 2008 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
China questions Americanism in SATs
2
Dairy Queen hit by Backoff malware breach
3
Plague bomb data found on seized Islamic State laptop
4
St. Paul police arrest a black man for sitting on a bench waiting for his children
5
Elizabeth Warren defends Israeli airstrikes on schools and hospitals
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback