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Opening Arguments

Novak's whacks

A fascinating interview with Robert Novak, who has been the man so many have loved to hate for so long. A tease:

Reagan was a great leader. I think Kennedy was terribly overrated, but he was a good leader. I don't think George Bush even comprehends the demands of leadership. I went to see him when he was governor of Texas. I should have gotten a warning at the time. He expressed such contempt for Washington. If I were smarter, I would have seen huge trouble ahead from somebody who has that many negative feelings about the job.

The only president in my time I give a passing grade to is Reagan. I thought Nixon was the worst -- a vicious little man. He never should have been president. The one I have the hardest time giving a grade to is Clinton. Did he have talent? Absolutely -- he was a very accomplished man. But what did he do? I don't think he accomplished anything. I think he was very good on the Cold War. But he seemed to be a man with limited horizons and ambitions.

You might have some sympathy for him because he's dying of a brain tumor, but he'd snarl at you for that, too. Gotta love this:  "I find that politicians as a class are up to no good. Sometimes they accidentally do the right thing."


tim zank
Thu, 11/20/2008 - 2:31pm

Novak can be a real "snark-master" on some subjects but I agree wholeheartedly with his quote