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October 27, 2008
BLOG: Dean Barnett, Rest in Peace

Bill Kristol has the news here; this was the end of a long battle with cystic fibrosis. I'll repeat what I said earlier: Dean was one of the good and decent guys on the web, from his start as a pseudonymous baseball and politics blogger at SoxBlog to his tenure blogging with Hugh Hewitt to his gig at The Weekly Standard. I didn't always agree with Dean - he'd been a driver for Mitt Romney during Romney's 1994 Senate campaign and was a big believer in Romney as a presidential candidate - but I always respected his opinions.

Some samples of his writing:

*Defending the Federalist Society.

*Savaging Dinesh D'Souza's book "The Enemy at Home".

*Defending The Weekly Standard against George Will.

*Wondering - oh, how long ago this was! - why John Kerry kept invoking John McCain. And arguing here, here, here and here about the idea that Kerry was a smart guy. I believe it was his posts on the topic of Kerry's intellect that put Dean on the map.

*Reflecting on the Red Sox World Championship in 2004.

*This December 2004 post and the ones above it, on cystic fibrosis.

UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt offers a eulogy. And Allahpundit and Ed Morrissey remember Dean here.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 7:31 PM | Blog 2006-14 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I found Dean's site through Crank (whose site I got to via BSG days.) Dean was a great guy, always responded to emails and made an impact on me over the last 4-5 years of following his blog.

I'll miss reading him and emailing with him, and my thoughts are with his friends and family.

Posted by: Brendan at October 28, 2008 1:53 PM
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