“Conservatism’s Founding Mother,” Chicago Tribune, February 17, 2006

On Nov. 17, William F. Buckley Jr. celebrated his 80th birthday at the Pierre Hotel in New York. Once the enfant terrible of mid-century conservatism, Buckley has aged, if not mellowed, into a hallowed figure among friends and allies. His life story has become something of a creation myth for modern conservatives: Out of the wilderness of sneering 1950s liberalism came a single man who stopped the tide of creeping socialism and remade conservatism as America’s most popular political creed.

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