Talking with Marv Krinsky (who replaced Bill Rusher as Chairman of the Ashbrook Board about ten years ago when Bill retired) about the death of Bill Rusher has reminded me to add another few thoughts on him, aside from what Steve (and NRO) has said just below. I knew Rusher for over thirty years. He was the best of men. Thoughtful, learned, quick witted, a great teller of (true) stories. Plus he loved good cigars. That he had a great effect--was even the cause of, along with Cliff White and John Ashbrook--on the American conservative movement has been noted by everyone. It is true. It was wonderful to hear his stories about it all, about the founders of it all. Stories about Goldwater, Reagan, and the others. The stories about Bill Buckley should be mentioned as well. Terrific stuff, at his best Rusher told stories as painters paint, color and detail combined to pull you in, as good poetry always does. He was always clear and concise, his words at their best were evocative and surprising, lovely. He loved the Ashbrook Center and was helpful to it at critical moments in its youth. Both Marv and I were fond of him. My mother met him once and called him an American gentleman, her highest form of praise. I don't disagree. May Bill Rusher Rest in Peace.
12:06 PM / April 18, 2011