I first met Derek Hunter when he was helping a friend at Smith College organize a campus lecture by Ann Coulter. I was scheduling many of Coulter’s campus lectures at the time and the opportunity to speak at the feminist-infested Smith College was too good to pass up.
As readers of Hunter’s Townhall column know, he and Coulter have a similar penchant for tweaking liberals and entertaining conservatives while they do it. In addition to his columns at Townhall and New York Daily News, Hunter hosts an evening show, “1090 at Night” on Baltimore’s popular talk radio station, WBAL. He also hosts “The Big Show” every Saturday on Washington D.C.’s WMAL.
Hunter came to D.C. from Detroit in 2001, where he started at The Heritage Foundation and then later worked at Americans for Tax Reform. He also started hosting It’s First Friday, a monthly happy hour for free market-minded flacks. Notable past guests included Ann Coulter, Tucker Carlson, Christopher Hitchens, Grover Norquist, Jonah Goldberg, John Boehner, and Newt Gingrich. Rather than the typical speech or book signing event, special guests actually talk and mingle with the attendees.
In 2009, he helped Tucker Carlson launch The Daily Caller. I asked Carlson what it was like to have Hunter on board. He told me, “Derek's one of the funniest people I've ever met, fast as hell and really smart. Quite a handsome man, too.”
Each week the De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.
1. What one thing would you do as President "just because you could"?
I’m going to assume you don’t mean this in a policy way, so I’ll say get a table at Minibar on a moment’s notice. Not exactly “find out what’s really going on at Area 51” (which I would also totally do), but an army of Secret Service guys seems like the only way to get into that place.
2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.
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