Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | June 14, 2008

Tim Russert – The Consummate Professional

Tim RussertBack in January, I did an analysis of the presidential political race and predicted at that time that it would be a Hillary/Romney match-up in the fall.

In early May, after the Indiana and North Carolina Democrat primaries were split between Hillary and Obama, it looked like the Democrat’s contest would continue on for a while, perhaps all the way to a contentious convention in August. There were no signs that Hillary was ready to quit. Indeed, it would still be another month before she would officially withdraw from the race.

Yet on May 8, two days after these primaries, Tim Russert made this statement in reference to Barak Obama: “We now know who the Democratic nominee’s going to be, and no one’s going to dispute it.”

Ladies and gentlemen, that is the difference between a political hack (your’s truly) and a seasoned prognosticator and true professional—Tim Russert.

Tim Russert will be greatly missed for his political instincts, profound insights, and absolute fairness in his handling of representatives from the entire spectrum of American politics.

The loss of his presence in the political arena will be greatly felt going forward into this political season, and for a long time into the future.

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