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Gingrich vs. Buckley

Doesn’t Gingrich’s argument for backing the Republican in NY-23 — that the local party’s decision must be respected — mean that conservatives were wrong to back Jim Buckley in 1970? He wasn’t the state party’s choice. Good thing Richard Nixon wasn’t as much of a party loyalist as Gingrich.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.