Andrew Breitbart, RIP; Reactions

43 is too young to die, isn’t it? It’s always sad to read about the sudden passing of a young parent. Andrew Breitbart leaves behind four small children and his wife. He may have died rather quietly, but the swirling, passionate energy I see in the reactions to his death seem appropriate, somehow.

Never having had any dealings with Andrew Breitbart, I had no feelings about him, either way. At times I thought he was appropriately ballsy and brave and other times I thought he was “too much” but that’s okay. None of us gets it all right, all the time, and being a “passionate sort” myself, I understand how easy it is to sometimes become “too much.”

I believe the only time I even wrote about him on this blog was during the Shirley Sherrod story which, I think, was probably not one of Breitbart’s best moments.

Still, the grief I am reading from his friends in my email, and on twitter (and the hate I am reading from some of the perpetually adolescent) makes me sorry that I never met the man. I have regard for anyone who can say, as he did, “I love fighting for what I believe in.”

I am sad for his passing, sad for his family, sad for his friends who mourn. You know a man by the friends and enemies he has made in the course of his life. People’s reactions speak for themselves.

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  • Ellen

    I will miss him so much. Yes, Andrew was a wild and crazy guy but he “got” the new media in a way that a lot of conservatives haven’t. I read the Big sites every day and I pray they will continue. We need them.

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  • Momma Kyle

    May the angels lead him to paradise. He will be missed more than I can say.

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  • theduchessofkitty

    Let me honor this man’s life and memory by posting here a reading from the Bible. This reading from 2 Kings 2 has touched me at this time.

    Andrew Breitbart was an Elijah to many of us. He was Fearless and Courageous, and carried those things in spades. He was not ashamed one bit for defending the cause of Freedom – or for exposing the Left’s double-sided attitude, in full view of millions of people. He exposed to the world what many Leftists are really, truly made of, and made them – no, forced them – answer for it, even against their own interests. For that reason alone, he had many friends and followers – and many, many more enemies than we could count.

    (Only, Andrew never asked for three years of no rain over California nor had his prayer granted. Yet, I do believe he was the type who could do something as bold as asking for that.)

    2 Kings 2:9-11
    “And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.

    And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

    And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”

    Dear God, please give to us Andrew Breitbart’s spirit of Fearlessness and Courage. Oh, and make it double!


    Oh, and for his enemies, a warning. If God grants us double the Courage and Fearlessness of Andrew Breitbart, the Left will be in real, true, deep trouble.

    2 Kings 2:23-24
    “And he [Elisha, who was Elijah's assistant Prophet, who obtained double the power of Elijah when he was carried on chariots of fire] went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children [King James Bible way of saying young punks] out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. [Sounds familiar? How many in the Left threatened Breitbart and the rest of us with death? Too many times to count.]

    24And he [Elisha] turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.”

    Young Punks acting as bullies – just like the Left. Couldn’t stand their own comeuppance when it came to them in droves back then. The same will happen to the very Left that celebrates his death today.

  • tom

    Is it too young to die? Is it more tragic to die young? I say No. Maybe because my father died at 43 too. But should we not be torn between this world and being with God. Of course you want to live your Life and go only when the Lord Calls. Yes, It is so very tragic for his family, especially his children and wife, but not for him. Heaven is better than Earth right now. My heart and prayers go out to all that loved him, will miss him and don’t understand, why so young. I know from experience it is sad to have your father pass away at an early age. It has changed me forever. God Bless us all.

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  • grouper

    RIP oh Happy Warrior and pray for us left behind.

  • Cameron

    I think Breitbart was a spouting, emotionally charged, irrational jerk. But even jerks don’t deserve a sudden death far too young. I wish his family well.

  • LisaB

    I am stunned and saddened. He did more good and was more productive in his short life than the lives of his combined enemies. May he rest in peace.

  • Manny

    I learned about this late this afternoon, probably well after most people. As it turned out I was at a funeral and away from the internet. So sad. It has been a sad day for me on many levels. Who knows where he could have pushed the Conservative movement if he had lived. He died way too young. “Happy warrior” is the epithet we all want to be placed on us. Breitbart was truly a happy warrior. May the works he has put in place continue to honor his legacy, and may he rest in peace.

  • RickZ

    I believe the only time I even wrote about him on this blog was during the Shirley Sherrod story which, I think, was probably not one of Breitbart’s best moments.

    Boy, you fell for the media spin on that story, didn’t you?

    Remember the build up to the Sherrod Scandal? Black Congresscreeps had accused TEA Partiers of being racist and hurling the word ‘nigg*r’ at them as they climbed the Capitol steps to pass the ObamaCare bill (with Nanzi Pelousy carrying that oversized gavel). Breitbart proved no one called the black Congresscreeps ‘n*gger’ as his reward offer for proof of same went unclaimed. On the Sherrod tape, Breitbart was showing how the NAACP audience was applauding, hooting and hollering at the racism evinced by Shirley Sherrod during her speech, yet this was the same organization making the scurrilous claim that the TEA Party is racist. Were it not for Breitbart, the NAACP’s obvious anti-white racism would have been allowed to fester in the full light of day, covered up mendaciously by the media. The Sherrod scandal was one of Andrews’s first scalps though, ironically, he never called for her scalp. Her firing was a result of Owebama getting all wee-wee’d up, jumping in before he knew the story, then had Sherrod’s firing blamed on Breitbart.

    You completely missed the significance of the Sherrod tape.

  • fiestamom

    From The Sun Also Rises, there’s this quote: “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up, except bullfighters.”

    Breitbart may have been an exception to the rule.

  • Ymarsakar

    It would have been a true insult to Breitbart if the Left didn’t cheer, celebrate, and go wild with their vulgarity after he is dead. That would have meant the Left could ignore Breitbart without lifting a pinky, that they weren’t scared of Breitbart’s actions and threat potential.

    The fact that they react with such intensity, only contributes to the glory and honor guard of a warrior of Valhalla.

  • EBL

    I am feeling low today, but I find watching this helps (a bit)

    As for the plan by some Kossacks to get the Westboro Baptist Church to protest Breitbart’s funeral, I am pretty sure Andrew would say: Bring it on! If only that they revealed again how vile they really are. I think he would treat such a protest as a badge of honor.

    I wish this was all an elaborate hoax and Andrew Breitbart will surprise us in October with a bunch of great stuff. Sadly that is not the case.

  • Manny

    “Nobody ever lives their life all the way up, except bullfighters.”

    Now that I think of it, Brietbart WAS a bullfighter of sorts!

  • Left Coast Conservative

    A thought for Andrew, that we may see him in paradise. Offering a Mass for the repose of his soul. And then, offering a Mass for our country.

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