Buckley rule

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William F. Buckley, Jr.

The Buckley rule states that support should be given to "the rightwardmost viable candidate." During the 2010 election, the Buckley rule was transformed into "the rightwardmost electable candidate."[1][2]

The Buckley rule is named after William F. Buckley, but was not heard about until the 2010 election. Some believe that the rule as it is known today using the word "electable" was actually invented by Karl Rove.[2]

Establishment Republicans have abused the rule to pressure conservatives into voting for RINO candidates.[3][4]


  1. Good Riddance to the Buckley Rule
  2. 2.0 2.1 Buckley Rule — According to Bill, not Karl
  3. Freddoso, David (March 21, 2018). Illinois Republicans almost got it right. Washington Examiner. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. Mass, Warren (February 13, 2014). Karl Rove Groups’ Attacks on Tea Party Backfire. The New American. Retrieved March 21, 2018.

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