Robert Novak's brain tumor

Howard Kurtz:

Robert D. Novak, one of Washington's best-known and most controversial columnists for nearly half a century, has a brain tumor.

Novak, 77, said yesterday that the diagnosis was made Sunday and that he was admitted to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, where he will soon begin treatment. "I will be suspending my journalistic work for an indefinite but, God willing, not too lengthy period," he said in a statement.

"He is talking," said an assistant, Amanda Carey. "Everyone's optimistic right now. He's in good spirits." Novak's office said no tests had yet determined whether the tumor was malignant. He became ill when he and his wife went to visit their daughter near Cape Cod, Mass.

Last week, while driving his black Corvette, Novak hit a homeless pedestrian at a downtown Washington intersection. He said he did not realize he had struck anyone until a passing bicyclist stopped him. The 86-year-old pedestrian suffered minor injuries, and Novak received a $50 ticket.

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I am curious if he is at the same hospital that diagnosed Ted Kennedy's brain tumor. I think I will stay away from cap Cod for the time being anyway.

It was just a little over a week ago that I got to see Novak speak in person at an event in Austin, Texas sponsored by American's for Prosperity. He was sharp and dark in his analysis of the 2008 Presidential race explaining all the reasons why the Republicans should lose, except for the fact that the Democrats nominated Obama. I have been reading his material for over 40 years and I think he is still a sharp guy. I wish him a speedy recovery.

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