March 01, 2012

This is precisely why he was so popular. He made us all feel fearless. For all the petty enemies who called him everything from a homophobe to a faggot, there were a hundred supporters inspired by his bravery. I never saw him even slightly bothered by accusations and even flattery left him unfazed. Once, when a sycophantic colleague parroted Breitbart’s feelings on some random subject, Andrew shrugged and said, “€œAnd? You want me to say something glib now?”€ This made me laugh so hard I convulsed and hit my head on the table because it was totally unexpected. Who calls bullshit on flattery?

The only time I saw him care what anyone thought was when his daughter was mad at him. He was in trouble because he left on a business trip without telling her exactly when he was leaving and exactly when he was coming back. That was one of her rules and he had broken it. “€œIt’s different being in the doghouse with a kid,”€ he told me before calling her to beg for forgiveness. “€œWith an adult, even your wife, you think, “€˜Yeah, go ahead be mad at me, I don”€™t care.”€™ Even when you”€™re wrong. You can”€™t be like that with a kid.”€ Then he left the room and talked to his daughter for so long I almost left. When he came back, I asked him how it went and he said, “€œI think we”€™re good”€ while pensively staring at his phone.

Thomas Paine once wrote, “€œHe who dares not offend cannot be honest”€ and as far as I”€™m concerned, that’s what Andrew Breitbart was all about. When a journalist accused him of carefully editing an NAACP speech to make a black woman look racist, Andrew relentlessly hammered the guy and proved it was the media who had cherry-picked the quote. When the liberal media was hemming and hawing about rape accusations at OWS, Breitbart ran up to the protestors and screamed, “€œSTOP RAPING PEOPLE”€ in their faces. You don”€™t forget a guy like that.

I was on an anarchist hippie farm this summer and was surprised to see Oriana Fallaci books on the shelf. She was a conservative, but she was also a crusader for truth. Henry Kissinger famously said talking to her was “€œthe single most disastrous conversation I have ever had with any member of the press.”€ It’s not her politics that has her sitting on bookshelves four decades after that interview, it’s her courage. I talked to Breitbart about this on Dennis Miller’s radio show and we both agreed history best remembers the ones who had it worst. I told him he would be remembered forever because he made sure he had a tough time. He ended the interview with, “€œI hope you”€™re having a tough time, too,”€ and I”€™d like to add that I hope we all are. If there’s one thing we can learn from this man, it’s that the tough have to get going. He inspired us all to stop living in a culture of fear and fight for what’s important: our families, our country, and our culture. I am proud to have known Andrew for the brief moment I did, and his children should be proud of the legacy he left in such a short time.

Tonight, I”€™m not going to mourn him. I”€™m going to go out with friends, get drunk, and talk about all his accomplishments. You don”€™t act defeated when someone such as Andrew Breitbart dies, you fight.

(UPDATE: Gavin has designed and is selling “SO?” T-shirts and is giving 100% of the proceeds to Andrew Breitbart’s family.)


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