We bow our heads, shocked into remembering just how fraking short life is, and wish his family and colleagues peace and comfort.
Tomorrow, I respectfully suggest we click on our Driftglass bookmarks and search for "Punkin". And remember how Russert, a highly-paid man in a position of marked responsibility, failed all of us over and over again.
Drifty from May, 2006:
[K]eep it simple and clear and remember that Russert (for example) is, for all intents and purposes, a White House operative who occasionally gets bent and cranky over side issues, but will always come to obedient heel over the big stuff.
He is not a journo. He is not in any sense “objective”. He’s not wearing a blue helmet, so why treat him like he is?
Why not come right back at him? Why not simply and directly ask Tim Russert why he doesn’t believe crimes and incompetence at the highest levels of government should be investigated?
Why anyone lying a nation into a war shouldn’t be prosecuted?
We'll never know if Russert planned to mention on MTP this Sunday, the articles of impeachment that were read on the House floor this week. Then again, we never expected him to. That's an added sadness many of us carry today.