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Rest in peace, big guy.

It’s better to ask one question too many than one question too few.

(Added 4:19 PM) I’m still trying to collect my thoughts about this. Everyone knew, I think, that Russert was a big deal. But this might also be one of those cases where people didn’t realize quite how big a deal until after his passing. In particular, the institution of Meet The Press — precisely because it asked such tough questions and presented such real risks for candidates — also gave them the opportunity to shift the national media narrative in a way no other news program could.

Nate Silver is the founder and editor in chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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