This past month marked the tenth anniversary of the passing of National Review magazine founder and host of Firing Linem, William F. Buckley. He interviewed many important public officials and controversial figures of the time.
In many cases, he was the first to offer a conservative-versus-liberal debate on controversial issues of interest to viewers.
Buckley played a critical role in founding the national conservative high school and college youth group “Young Americans For Freedom” in 1960 and the New York State Conservative Party in 1962.
The Conservative Party was created to provide a philosophical alternative to the Republican Party, then dominated by the late Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Senator Jacob Javits, Attorney General Louis Lefkowitz and future mayor John Lindsay.
Building upon Barry Goldwater's 1964 defeat, Buckley ran for mayor. His wit, wisdom and well-defined positions gave the Conservative Party both credibility and 13.5 percent of the vote.
No subsequent Conservative Party mayoral candidate has ever done as well.