Last Friday the Buckley Program welcomed Peter Collier to campus to speak with fourteen Buckley fellows over a lunch at Mory’s. Mr. Collier was invited by the Buckley Program to talk about his book Political Woman: The Big Little Life of Jeane Kirkpatrick but provided many interesting insights regarding the modern day political spectrum.
Mr. Collier began by giving a short history of Jeane Kirkpatrick and the political landscape that brought her and Ronald Reagan into contact. When Reagan was the Republican nominee in 1980, Kirkpatrick, a born and bred Democrat, was invited to work for Reagan after he read a piece she wrote regarding the double standard of dictatorships. However, Mr. Collier said that once Kirkpatrick and Reagan were in the same room, talking about foreign policy, they instantly clicked; “love at first sight,” he chuckled.