The unexpected and untimely death of NBC’s Tim Russert is a blow to the nation that’s come to expect honesty, integrity, and professionalism from Russert. Respect for Russert knew no partisan, religious, ideological, or professional boundaries. He was the consummate journalist who knew how to ask just the right question at the precise moment. He was a gentleman who never succumbed to the tempation of hyperbole or headline grabbing soundbites. He represents the best of his profession and the best of our country. Tim Russert will be sorely missed.