Wow. Tim Russert died of a heart attack this afternoon, rather suddenly, rather shockingly, too soon. Obviously, I can't claim to have been a big fan of his career in the news. I had my problems with him. But he contributed a lot to NBC News and he loved his job and his life and his colleagues and he managed to do what he did without resorting to being the shrillest person in the room. It's really too bad. I have about 39 hours before I have to write about three paragraphs on this, and it is all that I will think about between now and then. It is sad, and I wish his family all the best.