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And as Mr. Wilber himself puts it, “After March 30, he was no longer simply a staunch conservative. … He was Rawhide - the good kind of cowboy and the brave face of America.”

John R. Coyne Jr., a former White House speechwriter, is co-author of “Strictly Right: William F. Buckley Jr. and the American Conservative Movement” (Wiley, 2007).