Monday, July 28, 2008

"Prince of Darkness" has cancer

He's had an attitude multiple times wider than his mouth and many times thicker than the ink of his pen. He's done some rather inexplicable things such as inexcusably playing a part in the betrayal of Valerie Plame, then losing his temper live on CNN. He's also criticized the official reasons for the Iraq war.

He also famously got into a behind the scenes war of words with Ted Turner, CNN's founder, when he as well as liberal staffers at the network (including Paul Begala) received the traditional ashes on Ash Wednesday. When Turner asked why so many people at the office were doing with s*** on their foreheads, Novak not only defended himself and Begala but also came close to ripping their boss apart.

Not too surprisingly, he called his memoirs which he published last year, Prince of Darkness.

But love him or hate him, it's hard to imagine Washington without Robert Novak. Today, he said he's indefinitely suspending his writing as he's going into treatment for a brain tumour.

Let's pray for a speedy recovery for him. Because it's simply impossible to imagine an election without his analysis any less than without Tim Russert's whose loss is still being felt even by those of us who have had reason to criticize both.

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