Robert Novak was a fine man and a great reporter. I feel lucky and honored to have known him. He was persistent, tireless, and incredibly industrious. His tens of thousands of columns were based on a deep understanding of how Washington works and the amazing number of contacts he developed throughout the political establishment. Bob was a staunch conservative, but his investigative reporting was of great value to a much wider audience. He dug up countless important stories and shed light on obscure corners of major issues that no one else was paying attention to. I have missed his columns since the day he had to retire suddenly. And now I’ll miss him.