Novak Goes Supernova/Carlson Falls In Love

Yesterday was not Bob Novak’s first raging outburst. From Vanity Fair comes this interesting tidbit:

On the afternoon of last year’s New Hampshire primary, Robert Novak was in the Merrimack Diner in Manchester broadcasting a segment of Crossfire. It was a garden-variety event for Novak, then on his 12th presidential campaign and his umpteenth edition of CNN’s gabfest, until a local man, furious with Novak for outing a covert C.I.A. agent in his syndicated column, started shouting at him during a commercial break. “You’re a traitor!” he shrieked. “You’re a traitor!” The man was hushed up, the program resumed, and Novak talked more politics.

But afterward, as Novak made his way to the CNN bus, his tormentor followed, taunted him some more, and allegedly shoved him from behind. Novak, a short septuagenarian whose three-piece suits hide a considerable gut, grabbed the much larger man by the arm and gave him a shove back, sending him sprawling. Then he prepared for more serious skirmishing. “Novak looked like a little caged animal, fist locked and cocked back,” an unsympathetic observer later wrote, “like a garden troll gone insane.” Before he could take another swing, his Crossfire counterpart Paul Begala dragged him away.

Another Crossfire colleague, Tucker Carlson, watched it all in amazement. When Carlson joined the program, in 1999, Novak had received him frostily. To him, Carlson was an arriviste and a wimp, someone of insufficient conservative ardor and experience. For a time, the two barely spoke. But that wintry night in New England, Novak won Carlson over. “He decked a guy 20 years younger, and I have to say, I respected that,” Carlson recalls. “I thought it was such a ballsy thing to do. It’s the reason he’s stuck around so long and been so productive: he’s a tough guy. There was something admirable—something not of my generation—about it.”


2 thoughts on “Novak Goes Supernova/Carlson Falls In Love”

  1. Novak (and a lot of other conservatives) didn’t like Tucker Carlson because he had the temerity to report in a George Magazine article in 1999 that George W. Bush used the f-word several times – and that Bush mocked a Texas Death Row inmate, Karla Faye Tucker, on the eve of her execution.

    This was proof, they said, that Carlson was insufficiently conservative.
    They were probably right. I doubt Carlson believes one-tenth of what comes out of his mouth. Rather, I think he’s found a good gig being the “hip” rightwinger – an oxymoron if ever there was one (and of which Dennis Miller is the living embodiment) – and he is sufficiently in tune with what Bubba and Bubbette think to play to their baser instincts.

  2. Now that makes me want to throw-up. Carlson getting misty eyed over a deranged 72-year old shoving around a 50-year old. If it were legal, I would deck Carlson myself, and show him stuff from my generation, and I am a female.

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