Andrew Breitbart Is Dead

Jim Burroway

March 1st, 2012

A former board member of GOProud, he proudly believed that personal character assassination was a legitimate form of political discourse. That is his public legacy. He will be missed by his family, friends and colleagues. Civilization, not so much.

Steve

March 1st, 2012

“I’ve never wished a man dead. But, I have read some obituaries with great pleasure.” — Mark Twain

Ryan

March 1st, 2012

Thumper’s father will guide me today.

Snowman

March 1st, 2012

One less liar in the world. He doesn’t deserve anything more, or anything less, of a eulogy.

After the Shirley Sherrod incident this dude should of been considered a disgrace.

Lord_Byron

March 1st, 2012

Wasn’t he the one that released the heavily altered acorn “pimp” videos? Also the one that told republicans to call parts of the health care bill death panels and basically said to make it sound better than it is?

I didn’t want the guy to die, but I really am not sorry to see that he is gone.

Though I do like this comment someone posted on another website

“You see…you shouldn’t piss off the Death Panel.”

Blake

March 1st, 2012

It’s sad to see anyone go so young.

Ryan

March 1st, 2012

He was a special pile of human excrement. No, I’m not talking about Breitbart. I’m quoting him. It’s what he tweeted when Kennedy died.

Snowman

March 1st, 2012

God, what a horrible thing to say…

Ted Kennedy at least, checkered as his own past was, at least had people’s respect once and served in Congress longer than I’ve been alive.

Andrew Breitbart never served anything other than himself to my knowledge.

What an asshole.

Regan DuCasse

March 1st, 2012

How is it that bombast and character assassination passes for courage and honesty these days?

Breitbart and Ann Coulter love to incite anger and meanness in people, and relish the attention it gets them.
When it’s all said and done, such tactics are of those who have no real substance and character of their own. It’s not like they can articulate and form reasoned discourse on UNPOPULAR subjects, they just like to throw gasoline on fires.
That’s not hard. That’s not even intelligent.
Just nasty.
The world is NOT a better place for his presence.
But I sure hate his legacy being spoken about as if it is.

andrew

March 1st, 2012

I find situations like this personally troubling. I feel bad — seriously, like a bad person — doing the happy dance because someone just about my age with a family, etc. had dropped dead.

And yet here I am.

This is bringing out the very worst in me.

I could get into hypotheticals, like maybe he was struck by lightening by an angry God. Or that, like so many conservatives, he was a secret hypocrite involved in some activity that he couldn’t tolerate in others, like secret heavy drug use with rent boys or some variation thereof. Or maybe in a fit of pique, he finally spiked his own blood pressure just a little too high for his own good. Or his spleen, in an act of mercy, reached up and strangled his brain.

Or perhaps someone just landed a house on him.

Whatever the case, I can’t stop eyeballing my ruby slippers and engaging in just a little bit of glee.

And the worst part is his youth. Seriously – because so many on the venemous right are old codgers. We know that we only have a few more years of suffering under them.

The jerks like Breitbart, however, promised a half-century more of the kind of nasty bullshit he dispensed. Another 50 years of single-handedly lowering the discourse in this country, defaming anyone and everyone he got in his sights.

So, that extra spring in my step is precisely because this SOB was cut down so young.

Unlike Breitbart, however, I can own that. And at least have the good grace to apologize for it, even if I don’t have the good grace to simply not say it.

My sympathies to the Breitbarts – they knew him and loved him (I assume) and saw aspects of him I never will, so they are truly suffering a unexpected and inexplicable loss. And they have to suffer through postings like this one. All I can say is they deserve better.

Then again, so did the rest of us, while Breitbart was alive, so there you have it.

Charles

March 1st, 2012

Breitbart was a proponent of gay rights who happened to be a conservative. He exposed the hypocrisy of the left. The Acorn organization was acting in an illegal manner. And, he opposed many of the things that Obama has done. That said, he was perhaps too passionate at times and offended some. I regret to see his passing at such an early age.

andrew

March 1st, 2012

Charles, it’s been demonstrated over and over again the ACORN had done nothing wrong. When the unedited version of Breitbart’s “stings” were reviewed, usually 180-degree difference was discovered from what he purported.

He was vicious.
He was dishonest.
He was selfish.

He hurt or defamed a LOT of people to satisfy his own ego. To be perfectly blunt, with the exception of his dependents, the country is substantially better off without him.

andrew

March 1st, 2012

Sure Acorn had done nothing wrong at all./sarc

Erin

March 1st, 2012

Just like the ACORN incident was staged, he also got Shirley Sherrod, a black woman, fired from her government position by editing a video to make it look like she was condoning racial discrimination against whites by blacks. He was a damned liar. He told a lie that cost a woman her job, and when she was finally exonerated, left a stain on her reputation for all of those who didn’t hear or blocked out the updated news. This is the man who jumped on stage after Anthony Weiner resigned, and engaged in out-in-the-open attention-seeking and self-congratulations. It is tragic for all who loved him, and I do feel bad for his family, but I refuse to call this man a good guy.

andrew

March 1st, 2012

Erin, thanks — Breitbart was a serial slanderer who knew what he was saying was a lie because he was the SOB who edited the tape.

ACORN’s job was to get people registered to vote. It’s the state’s job to verify the rolls. Full reviews and interviews of the situations (ACORN and Sherrod) indicated that the cherry picking on Breitbart’s part was extreme and intentional. The ACORN crap was taken as a practical joke. In at least one case, the authorities were being contacted by ACORN while they humored the pimp/ho team.

Note that knowingly suborning false voter registration is a criminal offense.

If ACORN has been engaging in criminal activity, where’s the grand jury? What, no subpoenas? No indictments? No convictions?

No, because it was all Breitbart engaging in naked race baiting and stereotyping, manipulating the media — knowing that outrageous story gets front page news, while the correction when the news media realizes they’ve been had are relegated to page 9.

I hate to say this, but America is a safer, better place with Andrew Breitbart in the morgue.

Jim Burroway

March 1st, 2012

For the record, I’m not doing the “happy dance,” just as I didn’t for Jerry Falwell (although I came pretty close for Jesse Helms). But I see no reason to go on about what a wonderful human being he was since I never saw that side of him. Those who vigorously opposed him but knew him personally have a different prespective. I didn’t have that luxery, so I don’t see anything redeeming about what he did in the public square.

We’re not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but sometimes when talking about the dead you have to speak of ill things. That’s not our fault, it’s the dead’s. David Frumm says it far better than I can.

Charles

March 1st, 2012

Acorn has gone by-by because of its misdeeds. I would suggest that you read up on the what has become of the organization or should I say forced re-organization. Brietbart was no saint. Far from it. But a lot of people on this sight would dance on the grave on any person who wasn’t a full-fledged Democrat. Frankly, I am tired of both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. We need to throw all 535 of them out. The budget needs to balanced and we need to get this damn economy going again.

Erin

March 4th, 2012

“But a lot of people on this sight would dance on the grave on any person who wasn’t a full-fledged Democrat.”

Don’t be so presumptuous.

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