The last TV show I watched with any regularity was The McLaughlin Group. Bob Novak was a regular on the show until he said something that ticked John McLaughlin off. But of all the guests Bob Novak and Jack Germond were the two you sat up and listened to. Because they were reporters first and columnists second. They asked questions, listened to the answers, and told you what they heard. Their opinions were always second to the facts. And because they listened more than they talked, they knew what was happening, and more often than not they knew it before anyone else did.
Bob Novak announced today that he has been diagnosed with brain cancer, and has (temporarily we hope) taken a leave of absence. Read his latest column
, and pray, with political fans everywhere, that it will not be his last.
In the contest for president, Barack Obama is a magnetic candidate supported by a disciplined, well-organized campaign. John McCain seems wooden, with a campaign that appears to be in shambles. Yet Obama's lead in the polls over McCain is fragile because he so far has not won the support of a majority of American voters....
Read it all. Every word tells.