Before Townhall.com. Before the blogs. Before Goldwater and Reagan. Before Limbaugh and Hannity, there was Buckley. His legacy is far greater than I'll probably ever be able to grasp fully. What is immediately striking to me is that I don't have to think back too many years to remember a time where Buckley's National Review was the only regular dose of conservatism I had.
Not only did he make conservatism cool, he made it possible.