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A Time for ChoosingThe Rise of Modern American Conservatism$
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Jonathan Schoenwald

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157260

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157260.001.0001

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Buckley For Mayor

Buckley For Mayor

(p.162) 6 Buckley For Mayor
A Time for Choosing

Jonathan M. Schoenwald

Oxford University Press

William F. Buckley, Jr. declared his candidacy for mayor of New York on June 24, 1965. Unwilling to concede defeat, Buckley's admirer, like millions of others, saw 1965 as the beginning of another crusade to put conservatism at the center of America's political spectrum. Strong Buckley support could prove valuable for the movement and demonstrate that conservatism was more quick than dead. By drawing the line between the corrupted Republican party and the Conservative party, Buckley offered a chance to get even for 1964, as well as the possibility that 1968 would be a very different year. He intended his campaign to focus solely on issues, and to a large degree he succeeded in keeping the emphasis off personalities and on the city's problems. The new life for conservatism is also shown. With the collapse of the movement a real possibility, Ronald Reagan was one of the last hopes for conservatives.

Keywords:   William F. Buckley, Jr., New York, mayor, conservatism, Republican party, Ronald Reagan

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