By Paul Miller, Originally published in The Hill
Pat Buchanan is a desperate man. The former senior staffer to Presidents Nixon, Ford and Reagan finds himself a political pundit without a political party.
For decades the 76-year-old has been an ardent proponent of social conservatism and a vocal opponent of the State of Israel. He is no longer welcome in today’s GOP which quietly subordinates social issues, such as abortion and school prayer, while embracing the Jewish State – making support for Israel and combating anti-Semitism a high priority in the upcoming presidential primary.
Put aside his well-known isolationist views. Before common sense labeled Buchanan an anti-Semite, conservative icons such as William F. Buckley, Jr. and Charles Krauthammer called him out on his bigoted rhetoric.
In December of 1991, Buckley wrote a 40,000-word essay in National Review, tackling anti-Semitism among conservative intellectuals. Focusing largely on Buchanan, Buckley concludes, “I find it impossible to defend Pat Buchanan against the charge that what he did and said during the period under examination amounted to anti-Semitism.”
Krauthammer has rightfully noted, “There’s no doubt he makes subliminal appeals to prejudice.”