As a liberal, I’m proud but sad to say a final word about Mr. Conservative, Bob Novak.
For six years, every night of the week, I sat across from Bob Novak as co-host of “Crossfire.” Believe me, he was the sharpest, toughest, best-prepared, and sometimes meanest, debater I ever faced.
At the same time, I learned a lot from him.
I learned, for example, that being a good journalist was a lot more than just showing up, getting your make-up on, and appearing before the camera. To be a serious journalist was a lot of work. And, right to the end, Bob Novak was the hardest-working journalist in Washington.
At his peak, he was writing five columns a week, doing three TV shows a week, and giving at least two or three speeches a week. And, in between, at breakfast, lunch, and dinner – working his sources.
I also learned that we liberals were too quick to go to war, especially against an Arab country, and especially when a Democrat was in the White House. Were it not for him, I would probably have supported the war in Iraq!
And, through it all, Bob and I became good, lifelong friends and had a lot of laughs together.
Yes, I’m sorry he allowed himself to be used by Bush and Cheney to destroy the career of Valerie Plame. That was an aberrational mistake.
But it’s a small blemish on the career of a great journalist – and a great friend.
That’s my parting shot for today.