I was half asleep this morning with the TV on low. The news still jumped across the room. Andrew Breitbart died last night in Los Angeles. Natural causes said the family, though dying in your 40s isn’t the way nature usually works.
Breitbart was a right wing lightning rod. He was the guy behind the Shirley Sherrod video.
If you’ve forgotten, it was a video that made Ms. Sherrod seem racist until it was shown to have been edited entirely out-of-context. The Obama Administration which had done damage control at warp speed was left with egg on its face.
This was a Breitbart victory. He made the president look bad. Shirley Sherrod was merely collateral damage.
Andrew Breitbart first came on my radar in August 2005. I wrote a blog entry about him after I noticed a huge number of links to his site from Drudgereport.
Over the past few years he’s become a much larger media presence.
Breitbart was made for TV. Inviting him on a talk show was like carrying a lit cigarette lighter through a refinery.
I feel bad when people die. Andrew Breitbart leaves behind a wife and children. Tragic.
I will not miss his take no prisoners style of political discourse. Breitbart was the poster child for what’s wrong with our political system today.
Alas, other poster children are probably already waiting in the wings.