AP reports that novelist and columnist Christopher Buckley is leaving the conservative National Review - which his father founded 50-odd years ago - a week after endorsing Barack Obama for president.
Buckley, author of such terrific comic novels as Thank You For Smoking, Little Green Men, No Way to Treat a First Lady, Boomsday and most recently Supreme Courtship, called John McCain "irascible and snarly,'' AP writes.
Buckley weighed in on an online broadsheet founded by Tina Brown. "Within hours of my endorsement appearing in The Daily Beast it became clear that National Review had a serious problem on its hands,'' Buckley wrote in a blog post on Tuesday. "So the next morning, I thought the only decent thing to
do would be to offer to resign my column there. This offer was accepted - rather briskly! - by Rich Lowry, NR's editor, and its publisher, the superb and able and fine Jack Fowler.''
He added: "It's a good thing my dear old mum and pup are no longer alive. They'd cut off my allowance.'' Funny, I was just imagining old William F.'s face when he learned of his son's transgression.