Buckley's Son Leaves National Review

Christopher Buckley, the author and son of the late conservative mainstay William F. Buckley, said in a telephone interview that he has resigned from the National Review, the political journal his father founded in 1955.

Mr. Buckley said he had "been effectively fatwahed by the conservative movement" after endorsing Barack Obama in a blog posting on TheDailyBeast.com; since then, he said he has been blanketed with hate mail at the blog and at the National Review, where he has written a column.

As a result, he wrote to Richard Lowry, the editor of the National Review, and its publisher, Jack Fowler, offering to resign, and "this offer was rather briskly accepted," Mr. Buckley said.

Mr. Buckley said he did not understand the sense of betrayal that some of his conservative colleagues felt, but said that the fury and ugly comments his endorsement generated is "part of
the calcification of modern discourse. It's so angry." Paraphrasing Ronald Reagan's quote about the Democrats, Mr. Buckley added, "I haven't left the Republican Party. It left me."

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