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William F. Buckley Jr., Norman Mailer: An odd-couple relationship

William F. Buckley Jr., Norman Mailer: An odd-couple relationship

On July 12, 1964, conservative intellectual leader William F. Buckley Jr. flew to San Francisco for the Republican National Convention. His plane was greeted at the airport by hundreds of his young followers, many of whom had leaped into politics because Buckley made conservatism seem exciting, relevant and even fun. But the song that the young people sang on Buckley's arrival (to the tune of the American standard "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey") revealed a certain discontent with his ongoing transformation from ideological firebrand to political celebrity: Won't you come home, Bill Buckley? Won't you come home From the Establishment? Don't pal...

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