“There’s no question if you walked out of here and I dropped dead, my obit would probably have [the Plame affair] in the lede,” Robert Novak told the Observer in 2007. “I don’t have too many years left, so that’s probably what it’ll be. The idea that that’s my legacy is unfortunate, but that’s the way it turned out.”

Novak said the same to Carol Joynt when he appeared in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s in January of last year.

Today, the Observer looked at how right he was.