Achilles Has Fallen

Sad news this morning about the passing of a true conservative icon:

With a terrible feeling of pain and loss we announce the passing of Andrew Breitbart.

Andrew passed away unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight this morning in Los Angeles.

Saying that I am shocked would be an understatement. Dead at 43, Holy Smokes. Leaving a wife, 4 young children, and a grateful nation.

I visited his site religiously, finding much to write about here. Andrew and Matt Drudge were pioneers in the field. They revolutionized the way news and politics gets desemminated to the masses. They ushered in a new dawn of social media. Andrew saw, like many of us, that the LSM was falling down on the job, had prostituted their services and abandoned their mandate to provide the unvarnished news to folks. Exposing government corruption, media bias, and doing it in a fashion that made us all proud. He relished in his fights with the left, who was so used to steam rolling and bullying the opposition, that when confronted with some one who not only fought back, but gave as well as he took.

A principled man, a man of conviction, and a good conservative who decided early on that he was not going to take any shit from the other side, to poke his thumb in to the eye of hypocrisy, and have fun doing it.

I will miss him.

Update: it sounds like a massive heart attack, He was walking late last night when he just collapsed on the sidewalk, paramedics were called but they were unable to revive him.

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  1. AlexInCT

    The left is definitely celebrating this. Do not fal for anyone of them pretending otherwise. Breibart was one of the most painful thorns in the side of the big leftist political machine, and his passing will be recieved as a blessing by the crooks that have been lying to us and rpping us off since the Johnson era.

    Sad day for those of us that like those that stick it to the LSM and the left.

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  2. Hal_10000

    Funny thing is that people who actually met him all said he was a great guy in person. Even those who disagreed with him. I feel terrible or his kids. 41 is waaaay too young. And I don’t just say that because I’m almost there.

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  3. Monolith

    Can’t say he was my favorite, but I admired his conviction and courage. My interest in political blogs and research increased as his career advanced, perhaps not coincidently.

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  4. Seattle Outcast

    For years I had just considered Breitbart to be just “news”, without any label attached to it. It was only recently that I discovered the left hated him.

    I should have guessed earlier – he was far too logical and unbiased for their agenda.

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  5. Seattle Outcast

    I’m going to put on my tinfoil hat and point out that a massive heart attack in someone so young and in apparently good health is rather unusual. Foul play?

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  6. Kimpost

    He certainly wasn’t a favourite of mine, but he was way too young do go. That’s always sad. I particularly feel for his family and friends.

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  7. richtaylor365 *

    Andrew was “The Man” mostly because when pushed, he pushed back. He reminded us (as if we needed it) that the left play by a different set of rules, that all that nonsense about championing diversity, free speech, and the dignity of the common man was all horseshit, and that when you disallow them from controlling the narrative, from defining you in their terms, and setting the rules for debate, that they can’t help themselves but sling mud, epitaphs, scream racism/homophobia/bigotry and have nothing to fall back on.

    Here is his latest at CPAC. While watching him now (knowing that he is dead) I can’t help but wonder if he cared too much, clearly his heart was working overtime.

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  8. hist_ed

    The thing I liked about him most was that he always seemed to happy to be doing what he was doing. There are so many commentators on the left and right that seem pissed off all the time. Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Pat Buchanan, (Olberman is the Platonic Ideal of this) etc. etc. They all seem to have jobs that piss them off all the time. Brietbart always seemed to love every minutes of it. William F Buckley was differrent from Breitbart in just about every way you can imagine except he too seemed to love his jobs.

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  9. HARLEY

    He have a speech at my local tea party rally a few years back, a very motivated man, and a strong sure grip….
    Damm..

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  10. HARLEY

    Earlier today I saw a comment from a friend of Andrew… describing him as thus: “RIP BREITBART. A real hero for husky, haggard, cursing, middle-finger waving, rule-breaking, two-fisted, “fuck you” Conservatives like me.”

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  11. Poosh

    I just watched the Shirley Sherrod video thing, parts of it anyway, the unedited version (i missed this controversy). I kept reading people saying Andrew Breitbart smeared her. I don’t know about the original edited video, not seen it, but Sherrod’s racism is potentially present in the unedited video – but as she keeps flipping back to her mental state 20 years ago it’s hard to pin down. Her language is constantly racist language that I would flag it however.

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  12. Hal_10000

    Apparently, just hours before he died, he was having a civil argument with a liberal in a bar: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/andrew-breitbart-dead-la-bar-politics-296386

    Nick Gillespie pointed out that Breitbart’s impact was a lot broader than conservatism. He was one of the big engines in Matt Drudge’s page when Drudge was a lone wolf, reporting stories the MSM absolutely refused to run (e.g, Juanita Broderick). He laid the groundwork for everyone who followed, even liberals like Daily Kos and HuffPo and Media Matters. The MSM’s monopoly on news has been broken forever. And he’s one of the ones who made it happen.

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