Gore Vidal once said to William F. Buckley Jr. in the heat of one of their famous 1968 debates, “If there were a contest for Mr. Myra Breckinridge, you would unquestionably win it. I based her entire style polemically upon you–passionate and irrelevant.”

Fast forward nearly half a century later, and we find in the pages of Buckley’s legacy publication, National Review, a new contest for who can seem the most passionate yet irrelevant in denouncing the newest demagogue to appear on the American political scene–one Donald J. Trump.

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