Buckley 1957, Paul 2007?

Via Andrew Sullivan, a National Review reader asks if there’s “anything in Ron Paul’s platform that the young William F. Buckley would have disagreed with.” John Derbyshire concedes: not much.

Which casts into stark relief claims by modern-day “conservatives” like the hacks at Redstate.com that Ron Paul supporters are “a bunch of liberals pretending to be Republicans.” Seven years ago, no one would have disputed that Ron Paul was a conservative Republican in the Buckley/Goldwater/Reagan mold. But nowadays, the primary criteria for membership in the conservative coalition seem to be loyalty to the president’s agenda and a general suspicion of foreigners.