While Mike’s away we’ll check in with some links to help fill the painful void.

Porfolio’s got Howell Raines musing on Jim Romenesko’s alleged impact on journalism, and Andy DeLong, calling Raines’s piece “perhaps the strangest article I have ever read,” digests some of the nastier passages.

Here‘s Jack Shafer on the long association between Tim Russert and Robert Novak.