Sunday, September 07, 2008


Columnist Robert Novak writes about his brain tumor and recent surgery:
There are mad bloggers who profess to take delight in my distress, but there's no need to pay them attention in the face of such an outpouring of good will for me. I had thought 51 years of rough-and-tumble journalism in Washington made me more enemies than friends, but my recent experience suggests the opposite may be the case.

But Joe and Valerie Wilson, attempting to breathe life into the Valerie Plame "scandal," issued this statement: "We have long argued that responsible adults should take Novak's typewriter away. The time has arrived for them to also take away the keys to his Corvette."

Thanks to my tumor, the Wilsons have achieved half of their desires. I probably never will be able to drive again, and I have sold the Corvette, which I dearly loved. Taking away my typewriter, however, may require modification of the First Amendment.

Support for me and promises of prayers sent for me poured in from all sides, including political figures who had not been happy with my columns. I'm told that President George W. Bush has not liked my criticism, particularly of his Iraq war policy. But the president is a compassionate man, and he telephoned me at 7:24 a.m. on August 15, six minutes before I went into surgery. The conversation lasted only a minute, but his prayerful concern was touching and much appreciated.
I'm not exactly a fan of Novak, but his 2007 autobiography is great Washington "inside baseball" (once one stripped out the puffery). There's little puffery in this piece--read the whole thing.


Anonymous said...

Novak's piece in the Washington Post sounded as though he was trying to protect himself from a lawsuit from the man he hit with his car. Pathetic for the Post to print that and for him to do that!

Carl said...


Really? How, exactly, did the piece accomplish that? Are you saying Novak's lying about having a tumor? Surgery seems like an extreme way to establish a negligence defense.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying the tumor is the only explanation for Novak's hitting the homeless man with his car?