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Thursday, July 24, 2008


Apparently, Robert Novak, syndicated columnist and outer of CIA agents, hit a 66-year-old guy with his little black Corvette without (he claims) realizing it.

He's having a lot of trouble lately, it seems, seeing what's directly in front of him.

His money quote afterwards, by the way? "He's not dead, that's the main thing." A real humanitarian.

Josh Marshall on the incident:
Now, Novak says he didn't realize he'd hit anyone. And if that's true it removes a great deal of the moral and potential criminal liability. But it puts in real question whether Novak should be driving a car. If you can be driving through the relatively compact streets of downtown Washington, hit a pedestrian so that he rolls up on to your windshield and then trundles off onto the ground and you don't notice, should you really be driving?

Think about that. For most of us I think having anything make contact with your car while you're in motion is very jarring, as it should be. That's certainly been my experience. And you don't notice when you plow into a guy and he rolls up on your windshield? I don't get that.

Neither do I.

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