Ted Kennedy, Tony Snow, Russert, now this.

Robert Novak has announced his immediate retirement following the diagnosis of a brain tumor, a prognosis the Sun-Times’ political columnist describes as “dire.”

“The details are being worked out with the doctors this week, but the tentative plan is for radiation and chemotherapy,” Novak said.

There aren’t many political columns I consistently enjoy but Evans-Novak was always gossipy fun. I’ll miss it.

Well wishes are welcome below. Novak’s announcement of his diagnosis last week provided some of the most rip-roarin’ ghoulish left-wing schadenfreude yet, so we should be in for an extra-special treat tonight. There are already 30 comments pending at HuffPo, but none yet approved. Does Arianna dare?