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Charles Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer: a pundit and a gentleman

Charles Krauthammer: a pundit and a gentleman

The testimonials to Charles Krauthammer continue to pour in, as they should. Charles, who died last month of cancer, was a “must read” whenever his column appeared in The Washington Post and a “must watch” panelist anytime he appeared on Fox. Failure to read or watch him engage on the major issues of the day meant a missed opportunity to learn something new — something that mattered (to borrow a phrase).

His personal story may be familiar to his legion of fans but remains remarkable nevertheless: a smart, healthy teen-ager rendered a quadriplegic as a result of a diving accident; Harvard Medical School; professional psychiatrist; speech writer for Walter Mondale-turned...