The nub:

National Review editor Rich Lowry, a Bill Buckley protege, told readers in a posting that the younger Buckley had been writing the column for several months on a trial basis, although Buckley believed it was permanent... Buckley, who said his proffered resignation was "briskly" accepted by Lowry on Saturday, declined to criticize the magazine.

Probably a resignation more than eagerly accepted in an institution where Buckley no longer felt comfortable. National Review is certainly not the place it once was.

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