Bob Novak, Dead at 78:
The news is here.
troll_dc2 (mail):
His politics were awful, but I found him the best part of the Washington Post op-ed page. He always told the story straight, and he had wonderful sources who gave us real information.
8.18.2009 6:57pm
Seamus (mail):
I am appalled to see all the folks over at National Review Online saying what a great guy he was, after they let David Frum slime him as an "Unpatriotic Conservative" in March 2003.
8.18.2009 7:04pm
troll_dc2 (mail):
This is David Broder's appreciation of Novak: See this.
8.18.2009 7:19pm
A. Zarkov (mail):
Novak was what I call a "genetic conservative." People with the "Tragic Vision" tend to become conservative, while people with the "Utopian Vision" become liberal. Why do I say "genetic?" According to Steven Pinker, these visions tend to be inherited. I recommend reading those sections from his book dealing with these ideas. According to Pinker, as we gain more scientific knowledge, the Utopian is losing out to the Tragic.

I think Novak (and many others as well) were simply born with the Tragic Vision, after all he was known as the "Prince of Darkness." I think we need both types in the world to balance things out.
8.18.2009 7:38pm
Duffy Pratt (mail):
Without Novak, Dan Ackroyd never would have said "Jane, you ignorant slut."
8.18.2009 8:47pm
RIP, sir. The man was a political reporter to his core.
8.18.2009 9:04pm
Rick R. (mail):
Sorry, Duffy Pratt. That wasn't Novak, it was James Kilpatrick attacking Shana Alexander that was the subject of Ackroyd's SNL skit with Jane Curtin.
8.18.2009 9:32pm
frankcross (mail):
Ditto to Zarkov.
He was a great character on the shows but also a great reporter with great sources. But I think he needed to play off Jack Germond to be his best. Germond was a liberal who he obviously respected, which toned down the sneering a little bit.
8.18.2009 9:32pm

Without Novak, Dan Ackroyd never would have said "Jane, you ignorant slut."

Wasn't Ackroyd's character based on James J. Kilpatrick from the 60 Minutes "Point, Counterpoint" segments?
8.18.2009 9:33pm
Duffy Pratt (mail):
8.19.2009 1:01am
A. Zarkov (mail):
Three isn't a crowd.
Less than 18 months ago, Sasha Lessin and Janet Kira Lessin gathered before their friends near their home in Maui, and proclaimed their love for one another. Nothing unusual about that--Sasha, 68, and Janet, 55--were legally married in 2000. Rather, this public commitment ceremony was designed to also bind them to Shivaya, their new 60-something "husband." Says Sasha: "I want to walk down the street hand in hand in hand in hand and live together openly and proclaim our relationship. But also to have all those survivor and visitation rights and tax breaks and everything like that."
Sound familar? Why can't n > 2?

BTW, Dr. William Moulton Marston, inventor of the lie detector, lawyer, and the creator of the comic book character Wonder Woman, lived with two women in a polyamorous relationship. He had two children with each woman.

In Michael Dobbs, House of Cards dramatized by the BBC in 1990, the protagonist, Francis Urquhart, (called "FU" in the drama) has a polyamorous arrangement with his wife. She's a very supportive wife.
8.19.2009 1:23am
A. Zarkov (mail):
Whoops I post on the wrong thread-- sorry.
8.19.2009 1:24am
David M. Nieporent (www):
Zarkov: thanks for clarifying that; I was wondering if I had really missed something about Novak.
8.19.2009 1:37am
Dave N (mail):
The Wall Street Journal editorial page also pays a nice tribute to "the Prince of Darkness" here.
8.19.2009 1:55am
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8.19.2009 2:41am
troll_dc2 (mail):
The Washington Post is treating Novaks' death in grand style. His demise is the subject of the lead editorial, there is the column by Broder that I mentioned earlier, has reprinted 12 of his columns, and Howard Kurtz wrote an article too. Oh, yes, there is also an official obituary--beginning on the front page.
8.19.2009 1:09pm
Rick R (mail):
Duffy, you seem to be in a time-warp. The Ackroyd skit was on TV BEFORE Novak hit the airwaves as a televised pundit. He didn't join CNN until 1980, and did straight commentary for several years before actually taking on the attack dog role.
Unless the writers of SNL were prophetic, he couldn't have formed the basis for the Ackroyd character.
8.19.2009 1:22pm
troll_dc2 (mail):
Here is an interesting column on Novak by Susan Estrich, who certainly did not agree with him politically.
8.21.2009 11:21am

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