arar01_buckley.jpgThe Obama endorsement craze claims it first conservative victim! We told you earlier today that Christopher Buckley was one of a growing group of conservatives to endorse Barack Obama. He apparently did so at Tina Brown‘s newly launched The Daily Beast instead of at his regular gig on the back page of the National Review so as to avoid the kind of hate mail his colleague Kathleen Parker received when she criticized the Palin pick. Good luck with that!

The internets are tricky business. According to Buckley the hate mail found him anyway, along with the displeasure of his NR colleagues, and now via Politico comes word that Buckley has resigned from the very magazine his father founded (they apparently accepted rather briskly!).

Update: NR‘s Rich Lowry responds to Buckley’s resignation.

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