Robert Novak
In their first political column, Rowland Evans and Robert Novak explored a campaign-season collaboration between left-leaning Republican Gov. Nelson Rockefeller and right-leaning Republican Sen. Barry Goldwater. As Novak wrote 45 years later: "Like many of my 'scoops,' it proved ephemeral."
 
This column gauged the momentum behind Barry Goldwater's "all-but-certain" candidacy.
 
This column, highlighting Sen. George McGovern's support for "amnesty, abortion and the legalization of pot," contributed to the defeat of his presidential candidacy.
 
Evans and Novak predicted, accurately, that President Ford's chief of staff was on his way out -- a column that prompted threats from Haig.
 
Devoted supply-siders, Evans and Novak cheered the "triumph of supply-side economics as the reigning doctrine of Republicanism."
 
Novak's best-known column, in which he publicly identified CIA operative Valerie Plame.
 
After the conclusion of the Plame leak investigation, Novak wrote about his role.
 
In this column, Novak laments the elimination of his alma mater's mascot, Chief Illiniwek.
 
In this column on Bush's commutation of Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Novak argues that "President Bush made a Solomonic decision -- if King Solomon had actually split the baby and given halves to rival mothers."
 
In this column, Novak attacks Trent Lott, one of the right's most controversial figures.
 
On May 15, 2008, Novak claimed the nation's current longest-running syndicated political column.
 
"I thought 51 years of rough-and-tumble journalism in Washington had made me more enemies than friends," Novak wrote, "but my recent experience suggests the opposite may be the case."
 

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