“I’ve never seen the media as much entranced by a candidate as they were in my very first campaign, in 1960, when they were for JFK,” Robert Novak told Bill O’Reilly in June, weeks before his retirement after being diagnosed with brain tumor.
“But I’m telling you right now, the enchantment with Obama beats the JFK syndrome,” he said. “It is just such a feel-good atmosphere of my colleagues, my senior colleagues, people I’ve known for years. And I get it from some of the young people, too. They just feel this is such a wonderful thing, in the first place to have an African-American candidate, nominee, but also one that makes them feel so wonderful.”
John Fund, Novak’s first hire as a young reporter, comments:
Bob Novak rarely felt “wonderful” about any candidate, acknowledging to me at a dinner just last month that the only president he ever covered who proved to be a success was Ronald Reagan. “Put not your faith in princes,” he told me, paraphrasing the Bible. “Principles and ideas do matter a lot in the world, but politicians usually just use them on the way to disappointing you.”
It’s in WSJ.com’s Political Diary for last Tuesday, 8/5.