The worlds of politics and journalism staggered today at the news of the untimely passing of Tim Russert, dead at the age of 58 of an apparent heart attack. The fall presidential campaign won't be at all the same without him: I shall never forget being so entertained by him during Election Night, 2000, watching him wave his white marker board about helpfully reminding us all that: "FLORIDA, FLORIDA, FLORIDA" was the decisive place. Four years later, Mr. Russert's board told us to watch "OHIO, OHIO, OHIO."
Mr. Russert already knows the winner this year, he is with God now and is thus the infinite gainer. Condolences to his family. R.I.P.