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Robert Novak (1931-2009) (RIP)
Human Events ^ | 08/18/2009 | Kenneth Y. Tomlinson

Posted on 08/18/2009 8:56:51 AM PDT by Pyro7480

...Bob was Illinois and early in life was most at home in sports bars and, throughout his years in Washington, at unfashionable University of Maryland basketball games....

By day, however, Novak worked political sources like no other reporter. That is why so many people would be astonished when his political sources would become known. It was stunning when Novak revealed that the Democratic senator who dismissed the McGovern for President campaign as being about little more than “amnesty, abortion and acid” was none other than Thomas Eagleton, who McGovern would later (albeit briefly) choose as his vice presidential nominee. Who would have imagined that Novak’s source for the Valerie Plame CIA column was Richard Armitage, Colin Powell’s No.2 and certainly no friend of the Bush White House.

The fact is that Novak, as he would disclose in his autobiography, actually admired very few politicians. He wrote that he found the first politicians he covered less impressive than the athletic coaches he had covered as a young reporter -- “an impression of the political class that did not change appreciably in a half-century of sustained contact.”

But then, many big-time politicians didn’t like Novak. Pat Buchanan relates a priceless story of being with Richard Nixon in the mid-’60s in a high-school gym in Indiana. Nixon peeked through the stage curtain, finding Novak in the first row of the press section. “Look at him,” Nixon commanded. “That’s Bob Novak. That’s the enemy.”

One of the few exceptions would be New York Congressman Jack Kemp, a close relationship that would grow from Novak’s magnificent obsession about supply-side economics that one day would have profound influence on the American economy. They genuinely liked each other....

(Excerpt) Read more at humanevents.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
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RIP.
1 posted on 08/18/2009 8:56:52 AM PDT by Pyro7480
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Prayers for his family. Sad news.


2 posted on 08/18/2009 8:57:21 AM PDT by brytlea (Jesus loves me, this I know.)
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To: Pyro7480

RIP, Mr. Novak.


3 posted on 08/18/2009 8:59:46 AM PDT by JPG
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Oh, man. Sad news, indeed. This is the first I heard of this.

RIP.


4 posted on 08/18/2009 8:59:51 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Pyro7480
From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nation’s most influential journalists, who relished his “Prince of Darkness” public persona, died at home here early Tuesday morning after a battle with brain cancer.

“He was someone who loved being a journalist, love journalism and loved his country and loved his family, Novak’s wife, Geraldine, told the Sun-Times on Tuesday....

Robert David Sanders Novak, 78, was born and raised in Joliet and his first newspaper jobs were with the Joliet Herald-News and, while a student at the University of Illinois, the Champaign-Urbana Courier. Novak maintained a lifelong tie to the University of Illinois with the school creating the Robert D. Novak chair of Western Civilization and Culture in 200X.

Mrs. Novak said that her husband passed away at 4:30 a.m., returning home after being hospitalized between July 10 and July 24. Novak’s malignant brain tumor was discovered July 27, 2008.

5 posted on 08/18/2009 8:59:56 AM PDT by Pyro7480 ("If you know how not to pray, take Joseph as your master, and you will not go astray." - St. Teresa)
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So sad.


6 posted on 08/18/2009 9:00:04 AM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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Yet Ted, the swimmer, Kennedy still hangs on.

God works in mysterious ways.


7 posted on 08/18/2009 9:01:43 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (There is nothing wrong with the Government that 552 bullets couldn't cure...)
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To: Pyro7480

An old school jouranlist. The type so sadly missing these days. And now, even more sadly.


8 posted on 08/18/2009 9:01:55 AM PDT by llevrok (As a matter of fact, yes I DO care if Jimmy cracks corn !)
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R.I.P. Mr. Novak ... prayers are with you.


9 posted on 08/18/2009 9:02:13 AM PDT by mlizzy (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Everywhere spells P.E.A.C.E.)
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I have missed him over the past few years. He is one of the original conservatives from the Buckley/Goldwater days.

RIP.


10 posted on 08/18/2009 9:02:27 AM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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He had a colorful history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Novak

I think about Major garrett..and how he is the only one that truly pursued FisheyGate and SpamGate.

Where are the journalists? They should all be ashamed.


11 posted on 08/18/2009 9:03:32 AM PDT by RummyChick
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To: Kickass Conservative
Yet Ted, the swimmer, Kennedy still hangs on. God works in mysterious ways.

My thinking is that God allows the worst to live the longest to give them more time to convert.
12 posted on 08/18/2009 9:03:40 AM PDT by mlizzy (Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapels Everywhere spells P.E.A.C.E.)
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Sad indeed. Prayers for family and friends.


13 posted on 08/18/2009 9:03:45 AM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Pyro7480

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


14 posted on 08/18/2009 9:03:51 AM PDT by frogjerk (Obama Administration: Security thru Absurdity)
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15 posted on 08/18/2009 9:04:27 AM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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Rest in Peace Bob.

I am going to miss that guy.


16 posted on 08/18/2009 9:05:00 AM PDT by Danae (- Conservative does not equal Republican. Conservative does not compromise.)
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To: Pyro7480

Prayers for his family. Rest In Peace.


17 posted on 08/18/2009 9:05:21 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Pyro7480

RIP, Mr. Novak.

Prayers for the family.


18 posted on 08/18/2009 9:06:20 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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What you said.

We will miss you, Mr. Novak.


19 posted on 08/18/2009 9:07:40 AM PDT by Judith Anne (Drill here! Drill NOW! Defund the EPA!)
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RIP Mr. Novak. You leave behind a sadly diminished body of journalism.


20 posted on 08/18/2009 9:07:45 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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