obituaries

C. Everett Koop, the Surgeon General whose anti-abortion stance appeared to be a feather in the Religious Right’s cap when Ronald Reagan appointed him in 1981, but whose subsequent career as a crusader for science-based policy turned out to be a big black eye for the tobacco industry and gay-haters, died yesterday at the age […]

This is “politics news” insofar as we know that 126.9% of you Wonketteers would not even be reading this post right now without some kind of Apple device that also enables you to continue the grueling daily process of existing, so let us all take a moment to say goodbye to Apple founder Steve Jobs, […]

THIS SEEMS TO HAPPEN  1:29 pm March 9, 2011

David Broder Dead

by Jack Stuef

David S. Broder, 81, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and one of the most respected writers on national politics for four decades, died Wednesday in Arlington of complications from diabetes. Mr. Broder was often called the dean of the Washington press corps — a nickname he earned in his late 30s in […]

Because old people are disproportionately Republican and old, a high percentage of those currently planning on voting that black man out of office will be dead before they get the chance. But they are not powerless! They can make sure their final decisions on this Earth are motivated by their favorite emotion, hate, and the […]

Longtime U.S. diplomat Richard C. Holbrooke, whose relentless prodding and deft maneuvering yielded the 1995 Dayton peace accords that ended the war in Bosnia – a success he hoped to repeat as President Obama’s chief envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan – died Monday in Washington of complications from surgery to repair a torn aorta. He […]

THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST  10:03 am July 6, 2009

by Sara K. Smith

ROBERT McNAMARA IS DEAD: Jesus, anybody else feel like dying in the next week or two? Because now is clearly the time to do it! Robert McNamara prosecuted America’s hopeless adventure in Vietnam on behalf of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson; he also did many other things, which nobody remembers on account of the war. [Washington […]

FAMOUS BUFFALONIANS  11:15 am May 5, 2009

by Sara K. Smith

‘A BLEEDING HEART CONSERVATIVE’: Former Republican VP candidate Jack Kemp died over the weekend. He was sort of a loony supply-sider, but he actually cared about the working class and racial justice and all sorts of good things. A decent guy and one of the last of the big-tent Republicans. [Obit Magazine]

SAD NEWS  2:04 pm November 1, 2008

by Sara K. Smith

SO LONG, STUDS TERKEL: The great collector of oral histories has died at the age of 96. “I’ve met hundreds, no, I’ve met thousands of interesting people, and I’ve been so caught up with them and fascinated by them and intrigued with them, it’s almost like there’s no room inside me to be interested in […]

DAVID FOSTER WALLACE  1:52 pm September 14, 2008

by Sara K. Smith

SAD NEWS: David Foster Wallace, a brilliant writer and from all reports a kind, generous, and decent person, killed himself on Friday. He recently published a standalone version of a 2000 essay about John McCain; the book is called McCain’s Promise: Aboard the Straight Talk Express with John McCain and a Whole Bunch of Actual […]

SAD NEWS  3:11 pm July 22, 2008

by Sara K. Smith

OH NOES ESTELLE GETTY DIED: Yeah, no “hot DC gossip” angle on this one unless you want to make yet another dumb John McCain/old people joke. Farewell, Sophia Petrillo! [Estelle Getty's web page]

HILLARY CLINTON  6:05 pm October 8, 2007

by Ken Layne

WORLD WAR II  1:10 pm June 14, 2007

Nazi Scumbag Finally Dies

by Ken Layne

BILL CLINTON  5:12 pm May 23, 2006

Metro Section: Dying of Hunger

by dlat