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Tim Russert 1950-2008

Tim Russert died today as a result of heart attack caused by coronary artery disease. He collapsed while he was preparing for Sunday’s upcoming broadcast of Meet the Press. In spite of immediate attempts to resusitate him, Russert never regained consciousness.

The Confluence wishes to express our sympathy to Russert’s family on their sudden loss.

137 Responses

  1. Thanks RD.

  2. This (at this point) all but empty comments thread looks a little like somebody threw a funeral and nobody came.

  3. I am sure his family and friends will miss him.

  4. My condolences to his wife, children, family, and friends.

  5. The ‘sphere is full of rank hypocricy on this issue. It’s only the last few minutes that it’s occurred to me that it’s the fear that does it.

    The fear of Death itself.

    I’m sorry but I will not miss him. He did a lot of damage to our nation with his behavior and he will be judged.

    Like it or not.

  6. I am sure his family and friends will miss him.

    [a cough; silence; another cough; more silence; the scraping of a chair; a truck rumbles by on the street outside; silence . . .]

  7. This is very sad.

    Maybe we should all enjoy life some more. Things can end tragically very fast.

  8. I wonder which vulture pig will take his spot. I’m sure Tweety and Mad Dog Keith are panting at the thought.
    Or maybe that pencil neck geek shuster- nah- he hasn’t sucked up enought..yet

  9. While I did not appreciate much of his most recent commentary concerning the Democratic primary, this news left me floored, today. My heart is heavy with grief. I can only hope to enjoy my life and work as much as he did. It was absolutely infectious. It’s a stormy day, today, where I live, and Friday the 13th, and this was simply stacking more bad feelings on top of already feeling bummed out.

  10. MABlue: my father died exactly the same way on his 60th birthday….My mother is still “mad” at him for leaving so “suddenly”.

    Live long and prosper, as Mr. Spok would say.

  11. Again, I am sorry that he will be missed as a husband, a father, a son and a friend to those close to him.

    But Tim Russert did not put food on my table. I don’t have meidcal insurance, I don’t have a solution to pay for my electricity bill & gas at the pump to make a living. Tim Russert drove the “GORE, QUIT NOW” narrative that others soon were happy to oblige and left us with Bush. He also drove it with Kerry in 2004.

    Tim Russert drove the “IRAQ, INVADE NOW” narrative that left his country bankrupt and lost.

    Tim Russert drove the “HILLARY, QUIT NOW” narrative and now we back to mid-November 2000 – lost, with no leadership and with a megalomaniac running the Democratic Party.

    Sorry to his family. But his voice was the “leader of the Village” that has stifled Democracy.

  12. @Denise W:

    maybe the two of them should go into a room and only one come out.

    @ Riverdaughter:

    you have an admirer over on myDD. he may be a little young, though, if that’s any deterrent 😉


  13. From her place of repose, my mother bids me say nothing at all.

  14. I lost my dad when he was forty of a heart attack- he had just run 11 miles – he was my hero because he was my father- I am sure Mr Russert son feels the same way – I will respect that father son bond because I understand that . I cannot know how he feels but I understand what the loss of a dad can mean. My father served his country and died an active duty naval officer.

    I am sure in his own was Mr Russerts son must feel his father served his country in his own way. Out of respect even thought we do not agree on his methods, or politics, or even reporting style, I will make no negative comment.

    Hats off and salute to a valliant adversary.


  15. Condolences to his family.
    May he rest in peace.

    OT – could we have a happy hour post to lighten things up around here? He’s getting his kudos elsewhere on the net. He was no friend of ours.

  16. The mixed tenor of the remarks here is the result of a double bind–propriety demands that we pay tribute with candles and flowers to a fallen citizen of the Village, while integrity continues to demand that as citizens of the world we storm the Village with torches and pitchforks.

  17. I think we’re all put in a weird situation about this. Russert is someone we don’t know, except insofar as he’s on TV. Why we should have any opinions about his death apart from the usual low-level lament about a very distant acquaintance’s death, I don’t know. I suspect some of the snarky-mean comments are a backlash against the overly-familiar, overly-praising ones. There’s something unnatural about our having anything to say about a stranger who only touched our lives because of a phenomenon of media control that we all find distasteful. Personally I found him likeable because of his enthusiasm and lack of real malice–which shouldn’t be confused with obsessive fairness, by any means–but I see his death as a news item rather than the loss of a friend, however vicarious.

  18. Okay. Requisite play nice time over.
    Time to put the music and DANCE! It’s Friday night guys- drinks for all – there on me!

  19. Has anyone else noticed that Hillary-haters appear to be experiencing strange and unexpected kinds of karmic misforturtunes in their lives of late? I mean, I don’t really believe in the concept of karma, but right now, I wouldn’t stand next to Richardson in a thunderstorm …

  20. At one point, before GE took over NBC, both Meet the Press and Russert were great. He was honest, smart, articulate and definitely worth watching. I haven’t watched the show much since it was bastardized by GE. I am not going to lie to anyone and say that I feel bad for the guy or his family; however, I am going to say that I don’t feel good about it either. I think if we examine Russert we find that he was just like most of the rest of us, neither good or bad but somewhere in between. I think he was caught up in a real tough situation with the corporate takeover of the news. He either had to conform to the company line or lose his job. Very tough choice especially when you are doing something you really care about.

  21. Rich I do so agree ..A news item indeed ..

  22. ^^^Sorry — clearly meant MISFORTUNES^^^^ I swear I only had one lemon drop at happy hour 🙂

  23. rich,

    he did have a very real impact on all of our lives by enabling the bush administration’s push to war and then helping them retaliate against joe wilson by protecting the administration rather than do his job and report what he knew about it. My first comments were condolences to his family and I was not going to comment further. But our compulsion to heap praise on anybody that has passed on is sometimes not appropriate. We should know better than anybody than to propagate revisionism. I would rather not have this discussion now, but if people are going to try to pass Russert off as some kind of hero of journalism, I have to say something about it. just my $.02

  24. Michael: I feel the same way you do. I feel for Tim Russert’s son and his wife, and even more so for his father. Parents should not have to see their children die. I have mixed feelings about Tim Russert, but for today, I’ll keep them to myself.

  25. so, gregoryp, are you saying he sold his soul to the company store?

  26. Rich: “Personally I found him likeable because of his enthusiasm and lack of real malice”

    Sure, Rich, I am sure Mitt found his use of flip flops during his interview enthusiastic and lacking in malice.

  27. I suspect some of the snarky-mean comments are a backlash against the overly-familiar, overly-praising ones. There’s something unnatural about our having anything to say about a stranger who only touched our lives because of a phenomenon of media control that we all find distasteful.

    Well analyzed and well said, Rich. I’m reminded of recent megacelebrity deaths (Diana, JFK Jr.), when common people who had stood no chance at all of ever meeting the deceased swarmed to the departed one’s front door and heaped up masses of store-bought bouquets but left the cellophane on.

  28. Jane in CA, on June 13th, 2008 at 9:59 pm Said:
    Has anyone else noticed that Hillary-haters appear to be experiencing strange and unexpected kinds of karmic misforturtunes in their lives of late? I mean, I don’t really believe in the concept of karma, but right now, I wouldn’t stand next to Richardson in a thunderstorm …

    I wrote about the same thing in threads below… and as tasteless as it may be … it’s KARMA.

    Tim Russert was the booming leader of “The Village.” Bush & Cheney & Obama should mourn him because thanks to TIm Russert’s influence in the media, they are where they are.

  29. MABlue,

    Agreed. Tim Russert was a couple of years younger than I am–too young to die and a reminder that it can happen to any of us too.

    My ex-husband died suddenly a year and a half ago at 58. Although we broke up in 1989, we were still very good friends and talked nearly every day. Sometimes I still think of something I want to tell him, and I suddenly realize he’s gone. It’s still hard to accept. He was too young.

  30. Gary, ditto.

    Peter Jennings was a hero to Journalism.

    Tim Russert was a hero to cronyism.

  31. SM

    I’ve come to the funeral with my dancing heels.

  32. My condolences to his family who will presumably regret his death. All of us will follow soon enough. I just hope that his replacement will be a person who will lack his bias and misogyny. He lacked a sense od fairness and balance, for that i will not miss his presence.

  33. well, I have to be at work at 7:30 tomorrow morning, so I’ll just say, “have a good evening”.

  34. Denise – I didn’t want to laugh, but you made me! We’ll get kicked out of we do.

  35. Very sad, sorry for his son and wife, but I didn’t know him and don’t really think I can alot to this post. Think I will go write something new for my site.

  36. Sm

    Okay, I’ll try to behave …Not

  37. Jane,
    I don’t know about karma or fortuna but I do believe in Divine providence. Mortals should never discount these intangibles.

    I’m glad that Ted Kennedy’s operation was successful and I hope that with chemotherapy, he will have a few more years. One thing is certain, he won’t be making much campaign appearances if his hair all fall out from the chemo.

    Tim Russert was the first leg of the Russert, Mathews and Olberman troika. A lot has already been said about the notions that have come out of those three. But if I were in that line of work, I would start looking back at my own life and wonder how it would be with me when I meet the Boss up there.

  38. American Author and Poet, Stephen Crane (1895)

    In Heaven

    In heaven,
    Some little blades of grass
    Stood before God.
    “What did you do?”
    Then all save one of the little blades
    Began eagerly to relate
    The merits of their lives.
    This one stayed a small way behind,
    Presently, God said,
    “And what did you do?”
    The little blade answered, “Oh my Lord,
    Memory is bitter to me,
    For, if I did good deeds,
    I know not of them.”
    Then God, in all His splendor,
    Arose from His throne.
    “Oh, best little blade of grass!” He said.

  39. He won’t get to know who won! Death is a bitch. I want to be alive when they open the Kennedy papers but it’s not possible – I want to read all about it.

    The woman who just died at 115 with no dementia makes Tina Fey wrong about middle age – 60 will be the new middle age. When my sister died at 48 from a heart attack I just kept thinking of all the chocolate I’m going to get to eat that she’s missing out on.

  40. SM — just saw your comments and others’ on the downthread. Love Teresa’s comment that god is either a woman or a rabid feminist … current circumstances appear to support this theory.

  41. Now finally some topics of substance:

    thank you all I am going to take some ones advice and enjoy a little life now with my friend here in gville-

    so here are my sweet dreams for you tonight

    First to the Russert family-peace and solace this time of sorrow and know there will be a time when there are no more tears and no more saying goodbye. Know a time will come, when those who have left us for a little while will come into our life again in the eternal.

    I will dream of a world at peace and Hillary as our Madame President,.

    Where every child will be able to live up to their God(dess)/ Creator given potential in safety and free from want.

    I will dream of a Land Where Universal Healthcare is achieved and the potential of our healthcare system is unlimited.

    I will dream of a world where we each celebrate our diffrences and our diversity.

    I will dream of a world that no longer squanders its resources but preserves them ofr the 7 times 7th generation. The air is clean and the waters pure.

    A world where there are no more enemies to fight-and the community of nations is focused on solving each others problems and not taking advantage of them.

    I will dream of all of you and that your dreams are realized-and angain that we live an a land of the people by the people and for the people

    good night all and please go out and hug a friend tell yuor spouse or significant partner you love them call your mom or dad if you still have them-if not tell them you love too.

    good night fuzzybeargville

  42. Michael P – are you father of three?

  43. Jmac,

    He would know who wins. What’s worse, he would know how wrong he was about many people and things.

  44. Good night fuzzybear, and thanks for the perspective.

  45. Well said, Feliz. As I get older, I appreciate more and more the intangibles that are impossible to prove in any empirical sense.

  46. Kim,

    I will be checking your site for the new post.

  47. Jmac no I am a lucky uncle of 8 nieces and 3 nephews and one great nephew- I am that fantastic Gay uncle that some many kids wish they had…

    I am loved and respected by my family for who I am and not what they wished I would be-See I already live in Hillary’s world- I just want to spread the love most of the time-
    and like all humans I can be a lillte snippy so forgiveme

    I really have to go
    Love and sweet dreams to all my conflunce friends
    one we will have a mighty party

  48. sorry oneday we will have a mighty party together-
    oh and how could I forget to thank Riverdaughter for again making this a safe place for us all
    fuzzybeargville -hugs to all

  49. I just lost my father and I wouldn’t wish that pain on anybody, I feel for his wife and his child and that is all I will say on the matter it is a horrible thing so being nice I will not speak ill of the dead and leave my feelings for Tim Russert out of this (but for the record I agree with almost all the post on here about him).

  50. I am embarrassed to admit that I immediately thought along the karma lines too. And I associated it with the power of the female. We don’t have negative thoughts or wishes that seem to befall some folks, but I wonder if our intense hurt and disappointment is being harnessed in some otherworldly fashion.

    Please, forgive me if this seems morbid, and I do feel for his family as they are the ones left to hurt, but it sure is a bit freaky to me.

  51. This sad event begs the question of which is the stronger gender. Gone at 58.

  52. Which one is Kim’s website?

    Oh and btw, there is this:

    Clinton delegate to vote for McCain
    As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton’s defeat.

    She’s not alone in refusing to support Barack Obama.

    And she’s not entirely alone in saying she’ll vote this fall for Republican John McCain instead.

    But what makes her unusual is that she holds these views as an elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Denver this summer.

    “I’m sure people are going to be upset with me. I don’t want to lose my national delegate status,” says Bartoshevich, a 41-year-old emergency room nurse who is a convention delegate, pledged to Clinton, from Waterford in Racine County.

    Joe Wineke, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, reacted with disbelief when first told Friday afternoon that one of his state party delegates is now a McCain supporter.

    “Not a delegate? To the national convention?” asked Wineke, who was getting ready for the start of the state party convention Friday in Stevens Point.

    “We have a Clinton national (convention) delegate who says she’s voting for John McCain?” Wineke repeated, for clarification. “I’ve never heard of such a thing.”

    Wake up and smell the coffee, DNC!

  53. Go, Debra!

  54. Oh God, they are so full of themselves at MSNBO. Pushing each other out of the way to give their lumpy faces airtime. They must have all rubbed onions into their eyes to appear somber. Keith is upping his meds. I haven’t had this much fun at the Obama network since Fitzchristmas

  55. MABlue,

    Here’s the link to Kim’s new blog. She would love a comment, I know.


  56. Ohioana, I guess I am saying that. We all think of these people as fabulously wealthy and with the ability to walk away at any time but everyone has responsibilities that transcend themselves. I personally don’t know anything about Mr. Russert except what I saw on TV or read so I am loathe to judge him in any way. I just think that his show changed dramatically after GE took over. Since I don’t know Russert I can’t really say what precipitated the change. I believe that GE (Sarver?) is responsible, but he might have just had a change in ideology. Nothing wrong either way, I guess. A person has to live their life the way they need to.

  57. The party comes together when people feel the nominee won fair and square. Thats not what happened with Obama’s coronation.

    48.5 + 0 does not equal legitimacy

  58. Very interesting story about the Clinton delegate. She said she reads the Clinton blogs. If you are here Debra, please speak up. We’d love to hear from you.

  59. I wonder what kind of world it would be, should there actually be governing forces of some supernatural kind, dishing out to each of us that which we each deserve? Perhaps Mr. Russert was no particular friend to any of us, but what has any of his family done to deserve an increase in their grief? There is nothing to be said now that will in any way affect him, but his family can be terribly hurt by what is said about him. I have experience of dealing with sudden death and the aftermath, and have nothing but sympathy for his survivors on their loss.

  60. I posted on my own site. This seems a little out of place with all that is going on. Thanks guys for leaving comments, made me feel appreciated.

  61. Just read the Clinton delegate story. Thanks MABlue for the link.

    Below it is an update – they’re not going to allow her to attend the convention because of her future McCain vote.

    I just don’t understand what happened to my party?

  62. I’m with you there Ms Marple – governing forces dishing out what is deserved…

  63. I’ve said as many nice things to his family as I possibly can. I wish them all the rest they can find in the coming days. They will be unbearably hard and unbearably long, but they will come regardless of what I say, so I may as well say what I think.

  64. My condolences to the Russert Family.

  65. Get out your knitting needles, gang!

    Rep. Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, a Democratic House leader who helped
    orchestrate the party’s strategy for winning control of Congress in
    2006, argues against reading too much into the holdouts. He said most
    of them always stay out of national politics and that the party is
    generally unified around Obama.
    “They’re just going to stick to their knitting,” he said. “It’s not
    that they’re anti-Obama.”

    http://www.wtop. com/?nid= 213&pid=0& sid=1420529& page=2

  66. Was it KO who had just labeled Katie Couric “worst person?” The sentimentality at NBC is hard to take as all of its rogue elements were let out of the barn by Russert. Who can forget Russert calling the race for BO right after NC – as Hillary was forced to wait for the Indiana results to be released by the Obama-supporting Gary mayor.

    BO is their nominee, not mine.

    Sure, sympathies to his family – but to all of us too who have watched the public airwaves get cannibalized by a pack of frat boys.

  67. i’m gonna knit like madame defarge.

    http://www.wtop.com/?nid=213&pid=0& sid=1420529&page=2

  68. I feel so bad for his family with them being so far away. My mother was in route to Florida when my 42 year old big brother died just like Russert. This was around ten years ago and neither she nor her friend had a cell phone. He died on Thurs afternoon and she didn’t find out until Friday morning when her friend called to check the messages on his answering machine.

    My brother and my mother were extremely close. That was pure hell knowing that he had died and she was happily spending the night somewhere in southern Georgia headed for a week in Florida. I didn’t get to see her or talk to her until more than 24 hours after his death.

    You truly don’t know when it is your last moment. In one second, you are just gone. No matter how mad Tim Russert has made me in the past, I can’t help but feel bad.

    I have relived that day all evening and wouldn’t wish it on anyone.

  69. I surely have sympathy for his family, as I do for the families of anyone who passes away. that would include the families of so many victims of the unnecessary Iraq war, both the deceased and the disabled victims. the fact that he’s famous doesn’t make his passing more important than anyone else’s…in fact, his family can grieve in luxury compared to most. that doesn’t diminish their loss, it’s real, and I do feel compassion for them. but it’s important to remember that lots of people pass away every day, and most of them were important to somebody, and many find surviving a real challenge after the death of a breadwinner. we never hear about these people.

    RIP Tim Russert, another person who lived, did some stuff, and then died. pretty much what we all are destined to do.

    I said a prayer for his family and friends, and remembered to pray for all the people I never heard of in the same situation.

  70. tabbycat — I was just getting ready to comb through the threads looking for you. I don’t think I’ve seen you for a couple of weeks. It’s good to see you.

  71. Hi katie…I had to work hard at my job this week. I’m still not through with what I’m working on but I had to take a break. I was missing you all. I’ve read at least parts of all the posts this week during lunch but I was scared to post from work.

  72. Say what you will about MSNBC, but that they stopped running commercials and basically turned an entire channel into a memorial service for a fellow journalist I think is unprecedented.

    I watched some of it and do not think that any of the tears that were shed seemed disingenuous. Although I would not call myself a fan of Mr. Russert, I did appreciate his enthusiasm – the same way I did of Jennings and Brokaw. – At their awareness of being on the sidelines of history, and getting a chance to play any part in that. And I do believe, as is the case with all people, that there was a side to Mr. Russert that none of us could have ever seen. And I think it’s clear that every person that knew him, even the politicos he so often played adversary to, all respected him and thought him warm, fair and decent. That is a hell of a thing to be, in the whacky place that is DC. More than that, the anecdotes that seem to be coming to prominence today (that I’ve seen) are almost entirely ones regarding him being extra supportive to people within the industry, and most of all about his reverence for his and other’s families. His two (only) books about parenting seem to confirm that.

    Because of all this, I respectfully disagree with any school of thought that suggests karma was at play here. I think it is too easy to get caught up in the battle only to lose sight of the fundamental decency of most people. It isn’t just not speaking ill of the dead that should be conformed to, but rather a fair and humanistic inquiry into what was lost when each and every human being leaves us here behind.

    Except maybe with Dick Cheney.

    I’m not Gandhi after all…

  73. lol charly, for a minute I thought you were announcing…..no, never mind………the Dick is still the president, right?

  74. I did not watch Russert and did not like him as a journalist. I was painfully saddened though that someone who appeared so vigorous died so young. I feel for his family.

    I also thought about the karma aspect of this event. If this is karma, then Obama and his boys better watch out, because karma is playing rough.

  75. OT: FYI for anyone interested: the more people that participate the better! This is an opportunity to ask McCain any questions you have and to express concerns re: his positions. He will be on the call.

    McCain Teleconference

    There is a teleconference scheduled for Saturday, June 14th (Bastille Day!) with John McCain for HRC supporters at 3:30.
    Here is the access info to register for the call:
    email: teletownhall@johnmccain.com
    OR http://cityhall.johnmccain.com

  76. Charly, I tried to watch some of MSNBC but as soon as Olbermann came on this afternoon, I switched. I will never ever get over my anger at him.

  77. tabbycat, do you have my email? It’s katiebird@gmail.com — if you can send email from work, maybe we could stay in touch that way? I missed you. But, I was also worried about your little guy.

    Also, I’ve been busy setting up the Grand ReOpening of my blog and other stuff.

    Do you have to work through the weekend?

  78. I always thought July 14th was Bastille Day.

    Guess I’m blonder than I thought.

  79. I always think of June 14th as flag day — but that’s ’cause it was a school holiday when I was growing up in California. In Kansas we were never in school past the late May.

  80. This whole thing reminds me of a t-shirt idea someone was tossing about: Karma is a bitch named Hillary.

    Disclaimer: Not sexist, not at all. Ask my priest.

  81. (squinting)

  82. Katie, are you in Kansa City KS or Kansas City MO?

  83. katie, I’ll be through with my project this week. I won’t leave this blog for anything!

    I’ve meant to tell you this before. More than a year ago, I was googling something about healthy eating and I saw your blog. Never in a million years did I think I would find you somewhere else. I’ll start posting over there when things calm down. I’m a pro at losing and gaining weight. I’m smaller now than when I was a teenager and I know how hard it is.

    Thanks to Pat Johnson 🙂 I’ve been on a binge the last few weeks. This election has added eight pounds of my loss back so I need to get back on track.

    Puppy had his blood test today. He’s still doing great. Laney, a poster here, is going to help me keep him from relapsing (we hope). She has a lot of experience with this disease and I have her number to call her and find out what to do.

  84. kiki, I work in KCK, but I live in Overland Park. Are you from around here?

  85. Does anyone find it creepy that Tim Russert died on Friday the 13th?

  86. I am sorry for the Russert family, but they are acting like a head of state died… It’s part of the trend of newsreaders being presented as news makers, they aren’t. I thought a great example was Charlie Gibbon’s interviewing Barbara Walters ! lol! The perfect close loop!

  87. Really? Wow, tabbycat — that’s VERY nice of you to say.

    We’ve really got a good group of supportive friends here, I think. I feel very lucky.

    And I saw that exchange between you and Laney, that’s really lucky too.

  88. We are going to need a knitting thread tomorrow in honor of our friend Rahm.

  89. Tabby,
    Just happened to be reading and here you are… We will keep him from relapsing!!!! Alway think positive.
    Wish i could say the same to myself, as far a Hillary miraculously taking Denver.. Yeah right, have to stay [ositive…
    I have also been binge eating from the stress of this horrible primary season. I was going to post at Katie’s blog.

  90. Remember, everyone: other people read these blogs and take your remarks as indicative of Clinton’s character. We don’t want to become like Obama’s online “fans” (They’re not supporters).

    True, I didn’t care for Russert either but no one should be making any kind of callous comment regarding his death, especially since his death will leave his family void on Father’s Day of all days. It’s pathetic. And I’m sorry to say but it reminds me of the reason why I hated Taylor Marsh’s site before: in general, the comment section was quite juvenile at times.

    Hug your families a bit closer tonight.

  91. I should add: my comment was made after reading the previous thread where a few made nasty comments about Russert’s death. It’s just a reminder to not become what we swear we hate.

  92. Anytime I hear of somebody dying suddenly, I feel very sorry for the family. There is so much left undone and unsaid.

  93. Out of respect for the Russert family at this sad happening, I will hold my opion for now. It’s not good.

  94. Charles, I think he only has problems is you assume that he actually wants to be President. Why would a guy who obviously doesn’t like to do anything he doesn’t want to do want to be President?

  95. CHARLES. Great news. Yessssssssssssss.

  96. Hi Laney! We will have to start posting with Katie at her blog as well as here. It’s really easy for me to fall off the good eating wagon.

    I just saw today that they may not let Hillary on the ballot at the convention? If that’s true, they are just plain evil. I guess our party doesn’t allow for our big tent anymore. We must all fall in line. They make me so mad!

    I’m exhausted so I think I’ll head to bed. Katie, good luck with your tests and know that I’m thinking of you.

    Laney, I will try hard to make time to call you tomorrow. By the way, the vet told me to quit worrying about him not jumping on the couch. He said with blood counts that good, just be grateful. The Doc is so proud of Puppy. I feel so much better about it at least for now. I wish I was as lucky with politics this year. I still can’t/won’t believe it is over yet.

    Nite everyone.

  97. [snip]Why would a guy who obviously doesn’t like to do anything he doesn’t want to do want to be President?

    I think the job he wants is Vice President but he hasn’t been in politics long enough to know the difference.

  98. Tim controlled a public microphone for years reaching millions of Americans. If I recall correctly his father was a sanitation worker.

    Did Tim do one thing for any ordinary American? Nothing that I know of.

    A wasted life in my opinion.

    Hope his family continues to enjoy their home on the island just down the road from GE/Jack Welch.

  99. Two lessons learned today:

    Life is short. Eat dessert first.
    Live how you want to be remembered. Do this every single day.


    Focus your attention in life on the things that might appear in (in order of importance)
    1. The text of your epitaph
    2. The text of the paragraph blurb about your death in the newspaper.
    3. Your eulogy.

    Silly things like how clean your toilet is, or what kind of car you drive, will appear in none of those. Enjoy life today. Forget the little concerns. Tomorrow you may die.

  100. Tabbycat: It’s just more proof that this election was about purging the Clintons, rather than winning.

  101. Charles: I suspect she’ll be replaced. End of story.

    The Gallup daily tracking poll has 6% of voters either staying home or voting for a third party.

    And Obama is down by 3%. So much for the big bounce. I’m too tired to find the link. It’s at Gallup.com

  102. Thanks, MABlue for the defecter.

  103. tabbycat in tenn — perhaps God took Tim Russert and spared Puppy.

    OK, I’m evil, but so happy for Puppy (and you).

  104. I’ve always thought of Russert as a big misogynist. So I was quite surprised to hear Katie Couric talking about the fact that it was him who got her on network news because he was impressed with her “scrappy” style reporting on the DC mayor when she was a local newscaster. According to her, he was the one who got her the job and has always been very supportive of her career, even after she went over to CBS. I still avoid NBC/MSNBC entirely, but tonight started to watch CBS again because Couric actually said something about how Hillary was treated and was Obamaman’s Worst Person in the World.

  105. Ms. Marple, on June 13th, 2008 at 10:56 pm Said:
    ” Perhaps Mr. Russert was no particular friend to any of us, but what has any of his family done to deserve an increase in their grief? There is nothing to be said now that will in any way affect him, but his family can be terribly hurt by what is said about him. I have experience of dealing with sudden death and the aftermath, and have nothing but sympathy for his survivors on their loss.”

    I BASICALLY AGREE with what you have stated above. However, this also points out the responsibility of the living; that whether in life or death, what we are, how we are and the things we do affect others especially those we care for.

    Death is always unexpected. And we are never ever prepared for that particular moment when it occurs, even if the loved one has been ill and the family has been told of the unavoidable outcome.

    But you are right. The family deserves some space in time to cope with their loss; and take comfort from so many who have pleasant thoughts and memories of Mr. Russert. And since he won’t be making new remarks that will be subject to criticism, in time, that too would fade.

  106. The greatest testiment to any person is not to make more of them in death than they were in life. We should all strive to be more than we are everyday and let the ephitah take care of itself.

  107. I was surprised to hear of Russert’s death today. I am sorry for his wife’s and son’s loss.

    That being said, he took his job as head-poobah way too seriously and I’ll never forget the debate with Clinton that he “moderated”.

    My next thought was of wheels turning in little heads at NBC/MSNBC and they were all thinking “Who’s gonna get MTP and DC Bureau chief? I’m sure Mitchell (Mrs. Greenspan) thinks she’s got it, and yeah Gregory too. Obamamann doesn’t have the credentials for it, but here’s a thought…Joe Scarborough? I’d probably watch that. I read that Brokaw will do a special MTP this Sunday. Then, I guess they’ll start “testing” applicants. It will be interesting to see who inherits the kingdom.

  108. Russert’s death was sudden and tragic for his family. But MSNBC right now appears to be preparing him for saint hood. They’re describing his objectivity has having been perfect in all cases, etc.

    Well – I would have to disagree with that of course. Where were his standards in that most recent Obama interview? It was at the end of a bad week for Obama, when Wright had appeared in front of the NPC – and there were dozens of questions Tim could have asked – given that Obama had already given about 5 versions of his relationship with Wright. But oh well, Russert basically gives Obama a total fluff interview.

    As for MTP, I would give Gregory the best chance.

  109. I always though the man was mediocre at best.

  110. Good morning all Hope you took an opportunity to hug a loved one watch a favoite old movie…eat desert first-life is short.
    I am doing the latter with some tasty Baklava from Gyros Plus in Gville.

    MMM-it taste as sweet as a Hillary Clinton victory at the Denver Convention….

    Well off to do the laundry it has really piled up around here.

    Love Fuzzybeargville

  111. I do feel sorry for his family. And I do remember liking him during the 2000 race when NBC was surprisingly the only one talking about Gore winning. Dan Abrams, now a crazed person, did a great analysis of the Supreme Court decisions and was the only one who reported it correctly as a 3-2-2-2 decision. Everyone else was saying 5-4. NBO has lost me now, but 8 years ago, I appreciated Russert. 58 is too young to die. When my friend committed suicide 3 years a few people at her work actually wrote to say they were glad she was dead. It was very hard to hear, and I just wish his family peace. There’s a reason we don’t direct malice toward the dead; they can’t hear it–only their loved ones do.

  112. Morning all. Soo….. what is happening today?

  113. Delegate’s reversal stuns party
    Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain

    Washington – As an avid supporter of Hillary Rodham Clinton in the Democratic primaries, Debra Bartoshevich is not alone in her frustration over Clinton’s defeat.
    98161Election 2008
    Today’s Coverage
    Delegate�s reversal stuns party: Wisconsin Democrat now publicly supports McCain
    Feingold touts Obama : Victory not assured, senator warns party
    More Coverage

    * * * *

    THIS is what I call a turning point in this fight to ensure that obama loses! GO P.U.M.A.!

  114. Does anyone know how we can reach Amy Siskind?

  115. RD,

    You might try Prager Publishing which is a subsidiary of Greenwood Publishing.

    Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
    88 Post Road West
    Westport CT 06881
    (203) 226-3571

  116. regencyg, on June 14th, 2008 at 1:08 am Said:
    [snip]Why would a guy who obviously doesn’t like to do anything he doesn’t want to do want to be President?

    I think the job he wants is Vice President but he hasn’t been in politics long enough to know the difference.

    I think BO sees the job as one photo op after another – just like the current pResident. And that’s just what he has in mind. It’s “hard werk” being a model.

  117. Sorry Riverdaughter,

    I am so happy that tubby Tim got his due. He was a real pr**k to Hillary and Karma is sweet!!! I actually had a drink and raised my glass to his passing. His hate for Clinton always made me sick!!!! ONE LESS MISOGYNIST!!!!

  118. Bryant Gumbel would be an interesting pick to host Meet the Press.

  119. My condolences, and the world has lost an honest American Journalist, in a time when he was need most. Men like Russert are the spine of America, truthtellers, brave, beloved.

    In his honor, we shall hope to follow.

  120. Some of youpeople still have no class it only proves that you guys are a bunch of cowards and losers I hope you never come back to the party we dont want tasteless people like you

  121. “Honest American journalist” huh? Wow, pass the bong.

    I notice that MSNBC, even in its marathon tribute to Russert is still managing to promote Barack Obama in the clips they are featuring today. Gotta stay on message, no matter what.

  122. Regarding Meet the Press. Can we start a write-in/blog-in/e-mail-in/call-in campaign for a newscaster we think could be good for the country. Not all hung up on themselves, smart, insightful and not easily hoodwinked?
    And who do you think that press person would be?

  123. owens4obama needs some punctuation and capital letters.

  124. Maybe BO will be a pallbearer for his bestest MSM friend.

  125. Pure class:

    “Statement of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former President William Jefferson Clinton on the Death of Tim Russert
    “We were stunned and deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of Tim Russert. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Maureen, his son Luke, his father who we all have come to know as Big Russ, his extended family and all of his many friends and colleagues at NBC who have suffered a tremendous loss. Always true to his proud Buffalo roots, Tim had a love of public service and a dedication to journalism that rightfully earned him the respect and admiration of not only his colleagues but also those of us who had the privilege to go toe to toe with him. In seeking answers to tough questions, he helped inform the American people and make our democracy stronger. We join his friends, fans and loved ones in mourning his loss and celebrating his remarkable contribution to our nation.”

  126. I read Peggy Noonan’s piece the other day about the “New America” and the “Old America” and it occurred to me that she’s doing what older people always do, which is look askance at the young. However, after reading this comment thread I may be wrong and Noonan right. Here’s one from “Old America”: Don’t speak ill of the dead.

  127. Rob, how bout this one, my dad used to say it all the time….”why don’t you take a hike?”. later sweetie……

  128. […] Tim Russert 1950-2008 Tim Russert died today as a result of heart attack caused by coronary artery disease. He collapsed while he was […] […]

  129. Tim Russert sucked.

    Tim Russert. Resident evil. Died of charade. Could not stand the strain.

    Tim Russert the ardhitect and power behind the media’s attempt to elect a president.

    Tim Russert lost all creditability after going into the tank for Obama.

    Tim Russert fair, Ha. Fair my ass.

    Tim Russert bureau chief, got MSNBC to fall in line.

    Tim Russert died of POWER.

    Tim Russert . Sorry your gone. HONEST.

  130. Tim Russert betrayed the public’s trust.

  131. Deify TIM Russert . Then you can deify anything, including swill. I hear by deify ‘Swill’.

  132. Tim Russert. The King of Swill.

  133. You might want to see Tim Russert, TV’s Beef on ‘Weck at http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2008/06/14/tim-russert-tvs-beef-on-weck/

  134. You can reach Amy Siskind (me) at alivein_2005@yahoo.com

    The info you have above is for another Amy Siskind (not me)

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