Last night, I did a little post on WFB’s rule, or alleged rule, that you vote for the “rightwardmost viable candidate.” A longtime comrade of NR’s writes, “If Buckley had strictly followed this rule, he could not have voted for himself in the 1965 New York mayoral election: Abe Beame, the Democrat, was marginally but perceptibly less liberal than John Lindsay, nominee of both the Republican and Liberal parties.”
P.S. Years ago, I had a part-time job at a bookstore in Ann Arbor. A co-worker was a kid from New York who said his name was Rich Beame. (I believe “Rich” is right; could be off.) I said, “Any relation?” He said, “Grandson.” Kind of interesting.