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Out With The Old, In With The Harris

The Note today pays homage to the departure of the Post’s longtime political editor, Maralee Schwarz:

As the paper’s national politics editor, Schwartz has shaped the paper’s coverage through the Clinton and Bush years in a way that has been a credit to the Graham family and the entire community of political journalists.

With her trademark tagline of “I’m all business,” Schwartz taught David Maraniss how to write; Dan Balz how to be fair; Tom Edsall how to relate to people; David Broder how to think straight; and John Harris how to meet a deadline.

As a reporter before she was an editor, Schwartz wrote one of the finest pieces of political journalism of all time–about the politics of the House gym basketball court. And, Notably, Bill Clinton once referred to her as the “only fair person over there” at the paper.

As we reported last week, John F. Harris–the leading internal candidate–got the post. As the Note Noted, his upcoming book on Clinton the President (out this month) “The Survivor” is racking up some impressive reviews.

Unfortunately, his new job probably comes too late to update the book jacket.

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