Jay Severin said William F. Buckley was the second most influential person in his life on his radio show, reiterating the same reasons over and over again for half an hour. Does anyone else listen to his show?
He was all of the above but he had a dry wit that sometimes I liked. I remember his appearance on Laugh-in - "I decided to do it when they promised to fly me out to Hollywood on an airplane with two right wings". He had the wit and intelligence to argue his position without name calling, he loathed 'W', but when Chomsky ripped him a new one in a one-on-one debate, he lost his cool and threatened to punch Chomsky in the nose. He was not used to being bested in intellectual debate - from this point on, I lost respect for him.