One of the brightest lights in broadcast news went dark today. Tim Russert, a leading political commentator, has been a fixture in televised political coverage for as long as I have followed the sport of politics.
In so many ways, he went too soon.
In his 50s. That’s too soon.
With a college-aged son (just graduated, I understand). That’s too soon.
On the verge of the 2008 presidential main event. Russert’s own Olympics, and a season in which I’m sure he would have earned his fair share of gold medals for insightful coverage with the power to both elevate and guide the national conversation.
And two days before Father’s Day. When he will be so sorely missed by his family.
Take a moment to wish Tim Russert peace, and his family healing. And remember that he was the author of a popular book on the profundity of the parent-child relationship that’s worth reading (or re-reading).