William F. Buckley v. Gore Vidal – 1968

William F. Buckley, Jr., the intellectual force behind the strand of conservatism that peaked with Ronald Reagan, died yesterday. (See NY Times obit.) Here, we have some vintage Buckley. The video clip below features Buckley and Gore Vidal going at it, almost coming to blows, during the contested presidential campaign of 1968. It offers a good reminder that American political discourse hasn’t been agreeable for quite some time. Comparatively, things look downright civil today.

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  1. Anonymous says . . . | February 29, 2008 / 2:39 pm

    Thank god that piece of shit is dead

  2. Anonymous says . . . | March 30, 2008 / 5:16 pm

    Buckley was a hero and Gore Vidal is an evil old salacious turd for attacking a man who is now deceased; thank God the old fart is in his 80′s.

  3. blow me says . . . | July 24, 2008 / 4:04 am

    Well, he wasn’t deceased when he attacked him was he you turd.

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