Roger Kimball responds to his friend Chris Buckley’s endorsement of Obama.
The sub-text is an effort to assign those of us who decline to offer our support for The One Weâ€™ve Been Waiting For a place in the limbo of right-wing cloud-cuckoodom. At a strategic moment, Christo quotes his father: â€œIâ€™ve spent my entire life time separating the Right from the kooks.â€ You donâ€™t have to be a student of Quintilian to understand that sheep are being segregated from goats here, and those of us who have serious qualms about Obama are being mustered on the wrong side of that divide. A similar principle of exclusion is at work in his reference to â€œRush Limbaugh and the others in the Right Wing Sanhedrin.â€ The Sanhedrin was the ancient court that tried Jesus and found him wanting. Who is on trial here? Obama? McCain? Or, Dear Reader, is it you?
Buckley says he is endorsing Obama as a “first rate intellect” largely on the evidence of his memoirs. But there is uncertainty that Obama actually wrote them. The reality is that, in this election as during the later years of the War in Vietnam, the pressure to conform brought to bear upon members of the community of fashion has become intense enough to cause the weak to buckle.