It’s now readily apparent that the conservative movement was designed to take a fall from the start. CDAN formally outs the late William F. Buckley:
This deceased writer/publisher of a well known magazine that still runs was also known for having a television show. His manner and speaking style were mocked on sketch comedy shows many times.
He preferred sexual relations with men rather than with women but like a lot of men of his generation he could not acknowledge this and so married and had children. In addition, the audience he cultivated would not have accepted this.
He spent a lot of time with homosexual prostitutes from a specific procurer. He would often tell his favorites that he would refer to them on his TV show by assigning them an obscure word, Latin or old English, and then use the word on his show that week.
William F Buckley (National Review/Firing Line)
So, both Malcolm Forbes and William F. Buckley, two lions of the respective conservative establishment, were eminently controllable.