Human Events is reporting that long-time influential conservative columnist Robert Novak has passed away after battling a brain tumor. In a 2004 interview, Novak explained how he would like to be remembered:
I’m seventy-three years old and would like to leave some legacy. Nobody will remember my newspaper columns or television appearances. They won’t remember me for my writing. … I have a Novak scholarship fund in perpetuity, and I am the founder and chair for writing at the University of Illinois. That is how I want to be remembered.
Novak will be remembered for outing the identity of undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson in 2005, as part of the Bush administration’s battle to spin the American public on the Iraq war (even though Novak himself was a skeptic of the Iraq war). Last year, Novak said that while he had been thinking “about my life and what I’ve done right and not done right,” he wouldn’t have done anything differently. In 2007, he explained what he envisions heaven to look like: “I’m going to a place where there are no blogs.”