William F. Buckley Jr. on Barry Goldwater
"A few years before his death in 1998, Goldwater started taking positions different from those of the conservative constituency at large. Conspicuous here was his defense of Supreme Court decisions involving abortion, gay rights, and the separation of church and state. Most followers of the senator were surprised, and abashed, especially at his defense of abortion. What emerged as a question, at the meeting in Phoenix, was whether his abortion position was owing to judicial ultramontanism
, or to his general devotion to individual rights. "
Wow! Ultramontanism, contumacious,
and exegete all in one article. I think William F. Buckley is one of those "word of the day" junkies.
He is the king of arcane locution