Terrible news just came across my inbox. Writer and blogger Dean Barnett, who was kind enough to have me as his guest on the Hugh Hewitt radio show just five weeks ago, has died at just 41 years of age. Dean suffered from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that most commonly leads to lung infections. Dean went to the hospital in early October with the latest bout. Last week I'd heard he was still there and struggling, but he seemed too young for me to ever think he wouldn't make it.
Dean had joked with me after I was on the show that some of his listeners were aggravated that he would take a detour from the Presidential election to talk about the Ryder Cup. I apologized for any nasty emails he might have received, to which Dean responded "Screw them! I'll talk about golf whenever the urge strikes!"
Truly a man after my own heart. Here's praying that Dean is in heaven setting up some tee times.