I was stunned and saddened to just see on the news that my first political mentor, William F. Buckley, passed away this morning. While some of my generation (born in the 60's) may have been parked in front of TV watching After School Specials, I was watching Firing Line. Long before the Rush Limbaughs and Laura Ingrahams of the world, there was Bill and the National Review...which I think I had a subscription to from the ages of 19 to 22. Bill Buckley rescued me from a fate worse than death...Liberalism. Through common moral sense and an astounding intellect, he convinced me of the 'Right' way to go. Finding out that he was a devout Roman Catholic (after my conversion) just made me love him more.
May he rest in peace.