The racist meltdown at CPAC today, combined with the National Review’s feel-good story about a black shoeshine guy at the conference, put me in mind of a quote from National Review founder, and CPAC guiding light, William F. Buckley.

In the course of debating James Baldwin at Cambridge University in England in 1965, Buckley had this to say about Baldwin’s stateside celebrity:

“He is treated from coast to coast in the United States with a kind of unctuous servitude which in fact goes beyond anything that was ever expected from the most servile negro creature by a Southern family.”

Yep. That’s Buckley. That’s the NR. That’s CPAC.

It’s a problem.