Robert Novak

 WFB: "I know, and you know that I know, something about that question. But to say that 'of course' your mother does not help you out suggests she will not do so even if there were a need. Are you saying she would not acknowledge you in her will?"

 RR Jr.: As to the Abu Ghraib prison abuses, "How can Christians tolerate it?"

 WFB: "I don't know of any Christians who 'tolerate it.' The perpetrators are reviled."

 RR Jr.: In an answer to a question, he said he did not vote for Bush in the last election.

 WFB: "Odd that you should permit this invasion of privacy whose only purpose is to remark the political infidelity of the son of Ronald Reagan."

 RR Jr.: His father "worked hard to impress upon his children the value of kindness."

 WFB: "If he did, he was manifestly unsuccessful."

 This is more than a wayward son, at age 46 with a career seemingly going nowhere, seeking 15 minutes of fame. He has signed with MSNBC as a "contributor" for the 2004 campaign. It is a windfall for Democratic operatives to quote the son of Ronald Reagan saying of Republicans: "I couldn't join a party that, frankly, tolerates members who are bigots for one thing, homophobes, racists."

 Buckley and his National Review magazine were in the forefront of early Reagan supporters. In his newly published "Miles Gone By: A Literary Autobiography," he paints a picture of a Ronald Reagan who "was zestfully concerned for the comfort of others." Nobody has better credentials than Bill Buckley to deliver a point-by-point rebuttal to the errant offspring. Those who know Nancy Reagan say she fully agrees with her old friend.

Robert Novak

Robert Novak (1931-2009) was a syndicated columnist and editor of the Evans-Novak Political Report.

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