Alan Colmes was 66. He is best known for being the original left opponent to Sean Hannity, where he was relentlessly pummeled by the orcs and paste eaters of the Right. He got precious little support from the Left, and it was a shame. My take on it was that Alan “took one for the team.” No one would have done well on Fox News, especially in those early days. Was he a fig leaf for Fair and Balanced? Yeah, probably, but he couldn’t have known it going into it. (We talked about it, in fact.)
In his subsequent radio show, Alan broke many national stories and was a consistent voice on the Left, often getting his subjects to say on record things that they have never said before. He was a very good interviewer.
Full Disclosure: Some of you know that I was a sometimes contributor at Alan’s Liberaland. He asked me himself to join the team. Alan was very kind to me, and I am grateful for his tutelage. I will personally miss him.