By the Left Coast Rebel
|Me with Breitbart in 2010.|
"Good Lord," I thought as the news raced through my mind.
"How in the world could someone so young and full of life die so unexpectedly?"
I was stunned and carried the news with a heavy heart all day. I'm sure many of you did too.
I met Andrew briefly last year at a meet and greet up in Orange County, CA. My friend Donald Douglas and I were amazed at the guy's energy and zeal for fighting the good fight. As many of you know, Breitbart pioneered right-of-center so-called New Media; without his trail-blazing efforts a lot of what you see around here wouldn't even exist today...
Anyway words escape me. He was far too young and had done far too much good for the moral fabric of this country to pass at such a sadly young age.
After I met him briefly last year I wrote this....
When I approached Andrew I told him that his work was a major inspiration for me and that I look up to him as the ultimate trailblazer in the new media format. I'm sure I came across as a bit of a fanboy but I don't think he minded at all. The guy's intense. What you see on t.v. and viral Youtube videos is what you get in person with Breitbart. He has a look in his eye, an intense laser-like focus -- you can literally see it in his eyes. I've known people as intense as Breitbart in business, he reminds me of several individuals that I got to know that through sheer bravado, dedication, guts, stick-to-it-ness and a little insanity, started from humble roots to build multi-million dollar empires. I'm sure Breitbart is a wealthy man because of his passion for filling a media niche.
It just happens to be that his niche is at least half of the country!
He's a super-talented speaker, lots of comedy, great storyteller, and above all I witnessed Breitbart's fierce advocacy fo the voiceless masses of middle America, those that feel that the Leftist-Media-Industrial-Complex is just a deceitful, evil, all-powerful, information-controlling extension of our coercive, destructive Leviathan government. Speaking to us is what Breitbart does and does better than anyone else.
I will repeat what I said above -- the dude was intense; he had a certain look in his eye, a mixture of intensity for life, rage against the injustice that is the progressive ideology and love of America...
The adage, "the candle that burns twice as fast burns half as long" comes to mind when I think of him. Nevertheless, I thought he would always be around agitating the elitist left. I never even considered that he would die in the middle of the highlight of his life and career.
Rest in peace, Andrew Breitbart.
Updated: I just read William Jacobson's personal note on the death of Breitbart. It's a great read; just caught this comment at the post and wanted to post it here:
The more I think about Andrew’s death the more depressed I feel. One can talk about his inspiration and memory and “continuing his fight” etc. — which is all good — but the hard fact remains that he is irreplaceable. His gifts were phenomenal — I mean no one before him had EVER done what he did, and no one has demonstrated anything like what he’s done since he’s been doing it. Who else will go into the Leftist’s nests and take on their worst attacks and flip them back at them? Who else will confront SEIU stooges at their own protest rallies, or single-handedly disperse Acorn rallies on roller skates, or call out and humiliate NY Times reporters by name at National Press Club gatherings, who will challenge the NAACP with $100,000 bets to prove racism slanders, or confront Richard Trumka at Harvard, or dress down the “despicable” Max Blumenthal in the lobby of CPAC, or take over and steer the narrative at press conferences intended for disgraced politicians whom he disgraced? Not even Reagan in his days in the fray with the Left at SAG had Breitbart’s joyful and piratical audacity.
The Bigs will remain I suppose but I wonder how he left them, and if some kind of power struggle will ruin them. I never saw a writer or contributor at the Big sites anywhere as close to as impressive as Andrew.
I wonder if we’ll all return to our diffident and defensive ways with the Left now that the our one true risk-taking warrior is gone.