Pretty pathetic if you ask me. There are plenty of things not to like about McCain. The Palin hatred is stupid, though, and shows a lack of insight about people and the office of President. Palin might not make a great president, but if she didn't, it wouldn't be because she lacks foreign policy experience. That she is not so sophisticated as to think American doesn't have to be the strongest kid on the block, is to her credit.
No doubt Obama is a man of great talents. Talent is not his problem. The problem is his ideas. When you find yourself hoping, as Buckley the Lesser indicates, that Obama is too smart to follow his own ideas, that is a danger sign. I hope that too. My hope is that he is more opportunist than ideologue, and I think he probably is, but that doesn't mean I endorse him.
Like the world couldn't survive without Young Buckley endorsing someone for President. This is really just about the small Buckley positioning himself for the Obama administration and getting his stuff in the Times. I am not outraged, as I think it is naive to hold literary men to very high standards of conduct. But one might have hoped for more from a Buckley.