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Patrick Buchanan

Buchanan in 2008.

Patrick Joseph "Pat" Buchanan (born Nov. 2, 1938) is a noted paleoconservative commentator, author, and three-time candidate for President of the United States. He was employed as a commentator at MSNBC until he was permanently suspended from there in February 2012, after which he became a commentator at Fox News. He was one of the first to identify the threats caused by the declining population and exploding immigrant populations in Europe.[1]

Buchanan was an early critic of globalism, and his 1999 book "A Republic, Not an Empire Reclaiming America's Destiny," was prophetic.[2] He laid some of the foundation for Trump later.

In January 2023, Pat Buchanan retired his syndicated column after decades of writing it.[3]


Pat Buchanan was born on November 2, 1938, in Washington, D.C. to Catherine and William Buchanan. His sister, Bay Buchanan, served as U.S. Treasurer under the Reagan Administration. He is a lifelong Roman Catholic.


Buchanan studied in Catholic Jesuits schools, earned his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1961 and his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1962.


At age 23 he was hired by the St. Louis Globe-Democrat as an editorial writer. He was a supporter of the Barry Goldwater campaign for President in 1964.

In 1965, Buchanan was hired by the law firm of Richard Nixon, and the next year, as a researcher for the pending 1968 Nixon presidential campaign. He was on board for the entire Nixon campaign and ensuing administration and grew personally close to Nixon. He was a speechwriter and White House special assistant. He continued in that capacity for the early months of the interim Gerald Ford administration. It was Buchanan who first created the phrase "the great silent majority."[4]

Buchanan became a radio commentator starting in the 1970s, and a regular on The McLaughlin Group and CNN's Crossfire starting in the early 1980s.

Buchanan also served as White House Communications Director during the Ronald Reagan administration, from 1985 to 1987.

In 2017, during the Trump Administration, Esquire magazine described Buchanan as "intellectual godfather of our current revolution" as part of an in-depth look at his career.[5]

Presidential campaigns

Buchanan has run for President three times. In 1992, he sought the Republican Party nomination against then-President George H.W. Bush. Many conservatives were alienated from the first Bush administration's policies, especially his reneging on his "read my lips, no new taxes" pledge and his frequent use of the term, "New World Order" to describe his foreign policy goals. Buchanan offered conservatives who were disillusioned by the Bush Administration a choice in the 1992 primaries. Buchanan came in a distant second in the primaries but is remembered for his fiery keynote speech at the 1992 Republican convention.

In 1996, Buchanan sought the Republican nomination again and pulled an upset victory in the New Hampshire primary. However, after Bob Dole emerged as the clear favorite after the Super Tuesday primaries, Buchanan suspended his campaign.

In 2000, Buchanan left the Republican Party and announced his intention to seek the Reform Party nomination for President. He easily won the Reform Party nomination over his main rival for the nomination, John Hagelin, but carried only about 1/4 of 1% of the votes in the general election, coming in fourth place behind George W. Bush, Al Gore, and Ralph Nader. Ironically, however, the placement of his name on the butterfly ballot in Palm Beach County, Florida, probably provided George W. Bush with his margin of victory due to Democratic voters mistakenly selecting Pat Buchanan.

Later life

Buchanan supported the successful presidential campaign of Donald Trump, who ran on the same views that Buchanan had run on 20 years earlier.[4] Despite being advanced in age, Buchanan continued to be very mentally competent.[4]

Political Positions

Since the end of the Cold War, Pat Buchanan has been largely identified with the paleoconservative wing of the conservative movement. As such he is an opponent of free trade, a critic of mass immigration, and a critic of foreign policy interventionism such as the Iraq War, positions which put him at odds with the neoconservatives.

Buchanan criticized President Trump for his air strikes against Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, seeing it as a sign of the administration's abandonment of its America First foreign policy and its caving to neoconservatism.[6] He is a supporter of Russia´s president Vladimir Putin.[7]


Buchanan is the author of:

  • The New Majority: President Nixon at Mid-Passage (Girard Essays) (1973)
  • Conservative Votes, Liberal Victories: Why the Right Has Failed (1975)
  • Right from the Beginning (1988)
  • The Great Betrayal: How American Sovereignty and Social Justice Are Being Sacrificed to the Gods of the Global Economy (1998)
  • A Republic, Not an Empire: Reclaiming America's Destiny (1999)
  • The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization (2002)
  • Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency (2004)
  • State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America (2006)
  • Day of Reckoning: How Hubris, Ideology, and Greed Are Tearing America Apart (2007)
  • Churchill, Hitler and "The Unnecessary War" (2008)
  • Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? (2011)
  • The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority (2014); ISBN: 978-0-533-41863-7.
  • Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever (2017); ISBN:978-1-101-90284-4.

He is also a co-founder and founding editor of The American Conservative magazine.

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External links


  1. Buchanan, Patrick J., The Death of the West, How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization, (New York: St. Martin's Press, 2002).
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Alberta, Tim (2017). ‘The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t’. Politico Magazine (May/June 2017 edition). Retrieved April 22, 2017.