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No Regrets for Novak

OK. I’ve been laying off any Bob Novak jokes since a brief aside before he announced that he had a brain tumor. I just can’t bring myself to beat up on anyone who’s undergoing cancer treatment.

In a piece entitled “My brain tumor brings out the best in people” posted on the Chicago Sun-Times’ Web site, Novak details his life since his diagnosis, including losing his way to his longtime office and having seizures.

“I have lost not only left peripheral vision but nearly all my left vision, probably permanently,” Novak wrote.

…In Saturday’s column, Novak wrote that he underwent a four-hour surgery Aug. 15 at Duke University Medical Center during which a 3-by-1 1/2-inch tumor was removed. Dr. Allan H. Friedman, the chief of neurosurgery at the hospital who operated on Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s brain tumor this summer, performed the surgery.

That’s doubly true when it looks like he’s fighting a losing battle. I draw the line at — no, well before — mocking or celebrating anyone’s illness and/or death.

But I gotta admit, stuff like this makes it awfuly hard.

Q: Let’s talk about the Valerie Plame affair, which caused you so much grief. If you had it to do over again, would you reveal who she was?

A: If you read my book, you find a certain ambivalence there. Journalistically, I thought it was an important story because it explained why the CIA would send Joe Wilson — a former Clinton White House aide with no track record in intelligence and no experience in Niger — on a fact-finding mission to Africa. From a personal point of view, I said in the book I probably should have ignored what I’d been told about Mrs. Wilson.

Now I’m much less ambivalent. I’d go full speed ahead because of the hateful and beastly way in which my left-wing critics in the press and Congress tried to make a political affair out of it and tried to ruin me. My response now is this: The hell with you. They didn’t ruin me. I have my faith, my family, and a good life. A lot of people love me — or like me. So they failed. I would do the same thing over again because I don’t think I hurt Valerie Plame whatsoever.

You can visit ThinkProgress, the source of the link, to find out more abou t the impact it had on Plame, and what else Novak got wrong.

All I can say is that Novak cancer may have brought out the best in other people, but I’m not sure it brought out the best in him.

That’s all.

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