Ok, here's a footnote to Pat's latest revelation of the soul of America (the damn link won't work; here's the address: thinkprogress.org/2006/08/31/buchanan-white-country/):
6) He has a great smile.
5) He is sincere.
4) He stands up to corporate power and defends the working stiff.
3) He is genuinely in touch with his roots, unlike all those phony "regular Joes" out there in the MSM.
2) He flirts with Eleanor Cliff
1) His racist chauvinism is inextricably woven into the fabric of his otherwise appealing character. It expresses a profound nostalgia for a country he believes he once lived in--and owned. "His" country. In Pat Buchanan we confront the fact that racism and chauvinism are next-to-natural dimensions of the human condition, quite separate from personal qualities. Most people in most places at most times have been racist and chauvinist to one degree or another, and still are.
We shall, I hope, overcome.
But it will be a long hard road...