August 20, 2009

GOOD NIGHT, SWEET PRINCE OF DARKNESS:

Novak Was Tough as Nails, Kind as They Come (Margaret Carlson, 8/19/09, Bloomberg)

Bob was a conservative who believed in low taxes, the gold standard and gridlock. He was an equal opportunity destroyer who would turn on the GOP in a heartbeat.

He got more thoughtful as time went on, wondering why we are put here and whether it is possible to do good while doing well, long after most of us have given up on such introspection. He started going to Mass, converting from secular Judaism to Catholicism in 1998, joking that he was doing his part to make the Capital Gang more Catholic (he made it four of five) while Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan wondered at the party after his baptism if his conversion meant he would finally become a Christian.

That day in the airport, Bob overheard me tell the businessman who asked about him that he was actually an original character, as tough as nails but as kind and generous as a man could be.

He warned me never to say that again as it would ruin his reputation. Since he can’t scowl and I stopped being afraid of him a long time ago, I’ll say just one more time that no matter what the tapes tell you, he was a wonderful man I was blessed to know.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 20, 2009 6:49 AM
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