Robert Novak, from the FAIR Archives

Conservative columnist and TV pundit Robert Novak died this morning at the age of 78. While Novak will likely be best remembered for his involvement in the Valerie Plame scandal, it’s worth recalling some of his other notable contributions to the public debate. As we pointed out here on the FAIR Blog, Novak pronounced himself unimpressed by Barack Obama’s margin of victory in the 2008 election (writing that “he neither received a broad mandate from the public nor the needed large congressional majorities.”) But in 2004, somehow George W. Bush’s 51 percent margin was different (CNN‘s Capital Gang, 11/6/04): MARK […]


Bob Novak and Mandates – Then and Now

THEN (CNN‘s Capital Gang, 11/6/04): MARK SHIELDS: Bob Novak, is 51 percent of the vote really a mandate? BOB NOVAK: Of course it is. It’s a 3.5 million vote margin. But the people who are saying that it isn’t a mandate are the same people who were predicting that John Kerry would win. When -the people who did some kind of studies on it, such as the Evans/Novak Political Report… (LAUGHTER)… which for weeks had been saying that Bush was going to win — see, the thing is that a lot of people in this town, the chattering class, the […]