Tim Russert, 1950-2008Amid all the shouting heads on cable TV and the networks, he was tough and smart and yet always a gentleman. He could pull clarity from grand complexity, but you never got a sense he was trying to impress. He was smart and quick and I guess you could say he had every right to be pompous, like some other people on cable TV whose names I'll not mention, but his brilliance was more matter-of-fact and accessible, and his likeable personality seemed to spring from a simple and deep sincerity. So quick with a story. So quick with insight. He made a difference. He practiced his craft the way it should be practiced. Tim Russert is gone. He will be missed.