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William F. Buckley, Father of Conserativism, Slams President Bush

Published: Monday July 24, 2006

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In a Saturday night appearance on CBS News, one of the most eminent figures of modern conservativism criticized the credentials and accomplishments of President George W. Bush, RAW STORY has learned.

William F. Buckley, the 81 year old founder of the magazine National Review, appeared in a CBS News interview. Among his remarks were statements that President Bush suffers from "the absence of effective conservative ideology," and that on foreign policy "There will be no legacy for Mr. Bush....his legacy is indecipherable."

For a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of National Review, President Bush declared of Buckley "The most important thing he did was to contribute to the realm of ideas for America. He was an entrepreneur....he formed a magazine that helped move conservatism from the margins of American society into the Oval Office."

The CBS News story is available here, and the video is available below.