Tim Russert: 1950 ~ 2008
|For several years I have kept a pretty regular routine when I am home on Sunday mornings. I get up early, and if I am preaching later in the day, I go over my notes, take some quiet time, and pray. Then I make sure the kitchen is clean, warm up my espresso machine, and make the best latte of my week.|
After that, I sit down with the local paper and at 8:00am, open it up to the opinion pages, and then turn on "Meet the Press" hosted by Tim Russert.
Tim Russert died Friday, and I felt like I had lost a friend. No more coffee and reading my paper with Tim. No more white board to count delegates. No more smiling Irish wit on Sunday mornings. No more making politicians account for their own words. No more Sunday encouragement for his beloved Buffalo Bills
Now I know some folks can't stand the guy. Something about him being part of the Main Stream Media (MSM) liberal, leftwing, anti GOP, pro Clinton, since he is a Dem, I hate America crowd.
But those folks are just nuts. You don't get the respect that Russert had by being a hack. A quick search around the net will show that Tim Russert was universally loved and respected. By both sides of the political ledger.
The political world here in the US is worse off with Russert's passing. He will indeed be missed, certainly by those of us suffering from political addiction syndrome. But most especially by his wife Maureen, son Luke, and his dad, Big Russ.
Our prayers go out to the entire Russert family.
Rest in peace Tim Russert, and remember, if it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.
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