My husband, Ned, died nine months ago; the Meet the Press commentator Tim Russert died this past summer. I depended on both of them to bring me new insights and challenge my thinking on the political situation. Ned was a C-Span and politico junkie. He watched, he analyzed, and sometimes he fumed. Russert was a tough but fair interviewer. He kept the weasel-out factor to a minimum. So I need them both to tell me what they think about politicians at this stage of the game? I think both of them would be crying foul for the debacle in Washington. I know it is unthinkable that we would use taxpayers money to bail out a failed policy and more than a few failed people, but as Jim Collins would say "we have got to fact the brutal facts." We are in trouble. Amidst all this, where are the statesman? Speaker Pelosi failed that test by crossing the partisanship line. The Republican leadership blamed their lack of votes on her speech. Give me a break. The Republicans and Democrats alike had way too much running for cover to avoid the political fallout of the vote. So Ned and Tim, where are the statesmen and women? I am sure they are there but I hope they will raise their hands. We should have never gotten to this place but now that we are here, will somebody please just step up? We don't need another Superman episode but rather somebody to say here's what really happened, here is what we think will get us out of it, and here is how we will avoid this disaster in the future. I think those are exactly the kinds of things that Tim Russert would be drilling each candidate and vice president with day after day and that Ned would be saying to me over coffee this morning. Wish they were both here to tell us what they think.