Stewart Alsop " the best political columnist of the past century": Well, that's high praise from William Safire in a New York Times editorial today. Stewart of course has been known as a technology columnist, author of a great Tech newsletter "PC Letter", and inventor of the "Vapor List" where he tracked software vendors' promises against reality. Stewart has since gone to the dark side and the world of Venture Capital.
What I never knew was that Stewart had been, apparently, a political columnist of some note!
Correction: In fact, the reference by Safire was to another Stewart Alsop, the father of the Stewart Alsop that I know and I mention above. Oops. Stewart Alsop the elder in fact was a political columnist of some renown until he passed away in 1974.