Skip to comments.Robert Novak (1931-2009) (RIP)
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 Novaks source for the Valerie Plame CIA column was Richard Armitage, Colin Powells 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 didnt 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. Thats Bob Novak. Thats the enemy.
One of the few exceptions would be New York Congressman Jack Kemp, a close relationship that would grow from Novaks magnificent obsession about supply-side economics that one day would have profound influence on the American economy. They genuinely liked each other....
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Prayers for his family. Sad news.
RIP, Mr. Novak.
Oh, man. Sad news, indeed. This is the first I heard of this.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Robert Novak, one of the nations 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, Novaks 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. Novaks malignant brain tumor was discovered July 27, 2008.
Yet Ted, the swimmer, Kennedy still hangs on.
God works in mysterious ways.
An old school jouranlist. The type so sadly missing these days. And now, even more sadly.
R.I.P. Mr. Novak ... prayers are with you.
I have missed him over the past few years. He is one of the original conservatives from the Buckley/Goldwater days.
He had a colorful history
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.
Sad indeed. Prayers for family and friends.
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.
Rest in Peace Bob.
I am going to miss that guy.
Prayers for his family. Rest In Peace.
RIP, Mr. Novak.
Prayers for the family.
What you said.
We will miss you, Mr. Novak.
RIP Mr. Novak. You leave behind a sadly diminished body of journalism.
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