“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, February 06, 2009

Bob Novak Puts Down His Pen

February 5, 2008
Washington, D.C.

Dear Reader,

As you may have read in the Evans-Novak Political Report, my
recent health issues have forced me to give up active
participation in the newsletter. Thankfully, my gifted deputy,
Tim Carney, has ably filled the void for the past few months.

However, with the election and the inauguration behind us, and
after much thought and deliberation with my publisher, we have
decided that it is time to retire the Evans-Novak Political

As you might imagine, this was an extremely difficult decision
for me, and one I did not make lightly. It has been an honor to
report on American politics for more than five decades, covering
eight presidents, 23 Congressional elections and state and
countless local elections and issues. I am grateful for your
support of the Evans-Novak Political Report over the years, and
wish you and your family all the best.


Robert D. Novak