Dean Barnett

I listen to Hugh Hewitt pretty regularly and Mr. Barnett was often a guest host. It’s like losing someone you know even if you’ve never met them.
The Weekly Standard has a list of tributes by people who did know him.

His family and friends are in my thoughts/prayers.

One Sided Voting

Today in the Washington Post Anne Applebaum explains why she just can’t vote for McCain. She spends her column complementing him. Admiring him. Giving him credit for all he has done over the years.

But she can’t vote for him. Summation:

It’s his rapidly deteriorating, increasingly anti-intellectual, no longer even recognizably conservative Republican Party.

That’s right. Because McCain chose Palin who appeals to his vile base, he’s lost Applebaum who is an independent.

So she’ll be voting Obama. No word yet on how Obama appeals to his vile base that even Hollywood is recognizing. No word on the Palin hanging in effigy. Or the calls of “racist” from Obama’s supporters/troops/himself.

No, no. Instead she figures that even though McCain is an awesome figure,

Barack Obama is indeed the least experienced, least tested candidate in modern presidential history. But at least if he wins, I can be sure that the mobs who cry “terrorist” at the sound of Obama’s name will be kept far, far away from the White House.

That’s right Anne. Those crazy righties will be kept away. Instead, you’ll get to meet a whole new team. The crazy lefties. And frankly everyone who’s met them find them crazier than the other side of the spectrum.

Just ask Sarah Palin and her family. Or Joe the Plumber. Or any of the rest of us called racist by the candidate. Your column had potential until you pulled the last bit out of your ass.