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October 27, 2008

Dean Barnett, rest in peace

I am very sorry to pass on the news Dean Barnett has died, aged 41. I would like to offer my prayers to his family and friends. He will be sorely missed by those of us who were just his fans.

His appearances as guest host on the Hugh Hewitt Show were always welcome. He was gracious with people from across the political spectrum, had an engaging temperament and subtle wit that will not be replaced; in short, the model of a gentleman in an ungentlemanly age.

Hugh Hewitt remembers.

My friend and colleague Dean Barnett died today, and the world is a much poorer place for it. As anyone who listened to him on my radio show or read his work at Soxblog, here or at the Weekly Standard knows, and as everyone who had the great, great pleasure of knowing Dean will attest, Dean's combination of sparking intelligence and enormous good humor made him one fo the most memorable of friends. What too few people know, though, is what a kind, extraordinarily giving and compassionate man he was. Dean loved people and he loved this country and threw himself into every cause. ...

Had he had more time, he would have been one of the great influences on the GOP for as long as he lived, probably because he valued and used every minute he had.

Chowda. Rest in peace.

Update: Kathy Shaidle is linking remembrances and updates.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 27, 2008 07:14 PM