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Remembering breakfast with the 'Prince of Darkness'

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Love him or hate him, conservative journalist Robert Novak was one of the most influential Washington journalists of the past half century. He passed away at his home Tuesday morning.

Bob’s column ran in the capital’s hometown paper, The Washington Post, from 1963 until 2008, and his sometimes scowling visage was frequently seen on cable TV.

Mr. Novak was the guest at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters in July 2007 at the time his last book was published.  Titled "The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington,” it referred to a nickname tied to his on-camera persona. Novak began attending Monitor breakfasts in 1967, the year they started, and he and his column co-author, Rowland Evans Jr., were regular attendees for many years.

A stirrer up of strife

In his book, Novak accurately described himself as “a stirrer up of strife” and his comments about both major parties at the breakfast illustrated why.

Asked whether the White House would change hands in 2008 Novak replied, “Only the Democrats could screw up what looks like a golden chance by nominating a candidate who is not very likeable. And they can do it. ”

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