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An interview with Dean Barnett. Staff writer for 'The Weekly Standard' and occassional fill-in host for Hugh Hewitt's radio program.


Dean Barnett punditfight interview


Dean Barnett is a conservative pundit best known as Hugh Hewitt's fill-in host and staff writer for the Weekly Standard. Interestingly his rise as pundit mirrors the ascent of a rising star Vice Presidential nominee. A relative unknown, Dean was nationally introduced after being tapped by a silver-haired veteran to be his backup. Dean embodies the everyman made good, a regular "Joe six-pack abs" and Baseball dad. Dean a lifelong Bostonian began as a businessman, running for State Representative at the age of 25. He operated SoxBlog, a personal blog offering his thoughts on current affairs and his beloved Boston Red Sox. Hugh would later invite Dean to be his co-blogger on HughHewitt.com. When Dean saw that Hugh needed a guest host he matter-of-factly suggested "I'd like to try my hand at that" despite readily admitting he never "listened to a lot of Talk Radio". The rest as they say is history. Our conversation is just two regular guys talking politics, wrestling and punditry. We touch on Dean's segments with liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald and the state of partisanship, the success of John McCain and his hope for Mitt Romney. Bonus game: Hugh Hewitt listeners will be familiar with his patented "Barack Obama uhm counter". I've ingeniously incorporated a similar game in my conversation with Dean. A free Sarah Palin wallpaper to the person who correctly guesses the number of uhms. Start dinging your bells.



>> Read the full Dean Barnett interview transcript - Part 1

>> Read the full Dean Barnett interview transcript - Part 2




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