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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

On Nasty Politics

Next time someone tells you that we live in an age of over-the-top awful politics, with name-calling and slanderous accusations - oh, my - I'd refer them to the 1968 Presidential contest and a television debate between authors William F. Buckley and Gore Vidal.  Nothing we see today compares:

Vidal called Buckley a "crypto-nazi." Buckley responded by calling Vidal a "queer."

It doesn't get more heated - and jejune - than that.

So you know, Gore Vidal died yesterday.

William F. Buckley's legend lives on ...

* I wonder how many people on the planet actually remember that exchange, besides me.  Frightening ...