We were shocked last night to hear about the sudden death, at the age of 58, of Tim Russert, MSNBC's Washington bureau chief, host of 'Meet the Press', and general mainstay of the channel's coverage of the recent primary campaign. Looking in on the election from across the Atlantic, via the internet, we'd grown accustomed to his familiar, genial presence and come to depend on his expert knowledge and unrivalled insight. 'What does Tim say?' was often our first question when any fresh story broke in the seemingly endless tussle between Clinton and Obama. We'll miss him. May he rest in peace.
The tributes to Russert keep pouring in. I particularly liked this one from Christopher Hitchens.