Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Charming item on Page Six today. William F. Buckley, on Election Night, commented to the New Yorker’s Ben McGrath that the field looked grim for a Republican presidential candidate in 2008. Running down the list of likelies, Buckley paused over the names Rudy Giuliani and George Pataki. (How strange that the Republican party should look to New York for its future.) Giuliani Buckley hopes will run. Pataki? "No," says the father of modern conservatism, "he’s epicene." Pataki’s office had no comment for the Post about the governor’s alleged condition of being neither male nor female. Probably Buckley meant neither Republican nor Democrat, or simply, not the kind of unmistakably ambitious creature who becomes a contender for president.

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