Robert Novak’s Heaven

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Robert Novak has died at the age of 78, after battling brain cancer for the past year. There are plenty of remembrances of the legendary conservative columnist popping up (see here, here, and here), but Think Progress has unearthed a priceless quote from Novak discussing his vision of the hereafter in 2007: “I’m going to a place where there are no blogs.”

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