Thursday, February 28, 2008

Buckley vs. Vidal 1968

marjorie says...

In light of the conservative patrician William F. Buckley dying yesterday, I thought I'd post these two clips of a classic debate between Buckley and our own part of the high class, Gore Vidal.

The first clip shows their opening comments on the upcoming presidential election between Hubert Humphrey and Richard Nixon. It's really a classic conservative versus liberal moment, one late 60s debate in the continuum of our long war of ideas. The second clip shows them together debating Vietnam, and its the part that made this debate go down in history. Vidal tells Buckley to shut up when he interrupts and then calls him a crypt-o-nazi. Buckley follows that up by threatening to punch him in the face and tells him to go back to his porn!