Over the last few years I had always heard of Pat as a ultra-conservative. One day, a while ago, I looked him up for some reason and most of the websites I encountered declared that he was an ultra-conservative, semi-fascist, racist bigot (like http://www.realchange.org/buchanan.htm)
Then one day, while tuning into the The McLaughlin Group on PBS I noticed that Pat was a panelist, and my interest was piqued. The topic that day was the 9/11 Commission report. The issue posed was “What was the biggest unanswered question in the report?” When they got to Pat, his was comment was along the lines of “They never asked why they hated us so much? It’s clearly not because they hate our values, as the Administration said.”
I was shocked. I’ve never heard a conservative politician/speaker say anything close to this. The typical line, as Pat said, is “They hate our values.” This line is total garbage, especially proven by the stated goal of Al Qaeda to “remove US troops from Saudi Arabia.”
The next week, when the topic was the Democratic convention, Pats comment about Kerry was “I’d vote for him, except he isn’t Republican.” To me this showed a remarkable level of unbiased-ness to both admit his feelings and his affiliations.
So, my question is, what’s the deal with Pat? I’m really very interested and haven’t been able to find too much credible-sounding information on the web so far. Is he really an ultra-conservative fascist? Is he just moderating himself while on the McLaughlin Group to appear more centered? My gut feeling is that the answer to both those questions is yes, but would like more information. Please comment if you have any.