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As a casual viewer of Parker/Spitzer, I’m sorry to see it end for this reason: Kathleen Parker was a warm, charming TV presence we didn’t see enough of.

She shined, especially, when she interviewed people, particularly, one-on-one. Her interview with Scott Simon on adoption was a shining example. Her newsy sit-downs with John Boehner and Bobby Jindal were others.

Even how she approached co-hosting a show with Eliot Spitzer spoke to that. She believes in redemption, she wrote.  I’m not sure he took full advantage of that opportunity, frequently drowning out his co-host as he tried bullying an incoming senator, for instance.

But she has a clever flair for the written word (she’s been a mainstay at the Buckley School in South Carolina for that reason). And now she’ll be writing more.  In columns, too, she soars when she highlights the best in people, as she has done for years — and long before her Pulitzer and arrival on the national pundit scene. I know conservatives have had reasons to take issue with her from time to time, but remember what you agree with her on, too. (See here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here.) Gratitude is an important thing.

I suspect there is some TV in her future, in a different format, and not with that co-host!



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