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Matt Labash: “Breitbart’s Last Laugh”

I became aware of this touching, hilarious memoriam to Andrew via an article by Allahpundit at HotAir. AllahPundit documented the fact that unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers – who had dinner with Andrew only a few weeks before his death – smeared him in a maliciously ironic way a few days ago.  On video, Ayers actually called Andrew, “a radical right-wing bomb thrower.”  And he wasn’t joking.  See the video here.

“Breitbart’s Last Laugh,” by Matt Labash, The Weekly Standard, Mar 1, 2012

Read this amazing, intimate tribute here.  Some background on Mr. Labash here.  Tribute excerpts:

I woke up this morning to about ten emails from journalist friends asking if our mutual friend, Andrew Breitbart, was really dead. “Really” was the operative word. Some meant it in the traditional sense: Is it possible for the human inferno that Breitbart resembled to have actually been extinguished at age 43, leaving his elegant wife Susie and his four beloved children behind? Several, however, meant it as in: Is Andrew really dead? Many of us didn’t know if we could trust the announcement, thinking this could be another Breitbart caper, as he always had two or three in his back pocket.

By way of greeting, I used to ask Breitbart what kind of evil he was up to.

“Most kinds,” he’d say, gamely.


The last time I saw Andrew was just a few weeks ago in what turned out to be one of his last capers: dinner at a swank Chicago penthouse with former Weather Underground terrorists/Obama confidants Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Andrew and I often disconnected on politics. Even though we were both conservatives, his mode was a little ferocious for my taste. We knew this, however. And so, it was never an issue. What was important is that he had the quality that all people I like most have: he made me laugh. Whatever his faults, he was wicked and loyal and funny – both sick and dark in the best possible way.

Our party arrived at our economy hotel, which sat next to a highway in the ghetto. It smelled of failure and water damage. Breitbart showed up late, letting me know he was on the grounds by sending a text which read: “We have to score some heroin before we head out….Wait, I think there’s someone outside my hotel room who can help.” We did not score heroin, which neither of us used, though in the hotel bar, we all doubled over as Andrew worked out his shtick during pre-game drinks as he proudly explained to us a new coinage of his – “Retrobate” – the process whereby one sexually fantasizes about aged actresses who you once had a crush on, in their younger incarnation.


We talked about aging, as two middle-aged guys who get into the Bloody Mary cart at 11 in the morning sometimes will… [I]n a very rare spell of silence, Breitbart stewed for several minutes. Then, he wistfully replied, “Don’t worry, man. It’s something that bothers me, too. But I have it all figured out. We all need to go to work together every day from 9 am to 3 pm, whether we need to or not. In a classroom. We’ll even sit at those peninsula-shaped desks, with our pencil sharpeners and Elmer’s glue. And we’ll do it for nine months out of every year.”

“Why on earth?” I asked, puzzled.

“Because,” he said. “When we were in school, that was the last time we watched the clock, and wanted it to hurry up. The last time it took too long to get to the next thing.”

Read it all here.

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Gavin McInnes on the one word that made Andrew so different, and special: “So?”

In this poignant and insightful tribute, Andrew’s friend Gavin McInnes describes an off-hand incident with him that has the capacity to change a lot of people’s thinking, and presumptions – and spurred a project to raise money for his widow and children.

Andrew Breitbart: 1969-2012
by Gavin McInnes

It’s stressful to be hated. It goes against our instincts. We want to be loved. But Andrew Breitbart was different. He relished his enemies and laughed when they threatened him. He wasn’t scared of conflict. He thought it was fun. He was, as Greg Gutfeld put it, “The bravest person I ever met.”

When I was on Greg’s show Red Eye with Breitbart we were asked what we thought of Trump sponsoring a GOP debate. Greg and I had the knee-jerk reaction of scoffing at the whole thing. When Breitbart asked us what was so funny we said, “Well, it’s obviously just some rich guy showboating.” Then he taught me a word I never really paid attention to before: “So?”

This word defines Breitbart to me more than any other. At a bar one night I was whining about the allegation that all libertarians are funded by the Koch brothers. “So?” he replied. Andrew didn’t play the PC left’s game. Libertarians don’t get magical checks from the Koch brothers, but so what if they did? George Soros spends billions paying people he likes. There’s nothing wrong with that, either.

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3/4/12: Benjamin Weinthal in The Jerusalem Post


Comment: Andrew Breitbart, Israel and Judaism


Forty three- year-old conservative blogger and Internet pioneer dies; Breitbart carved out new mixture of investigative journalism.

Andrew Breitbart, the 43- year-old conservative blogger and Internet pioneer known to a generation of Americans for a new style of online media – a unique genre of combat journalism – died on Thursday in Los Angeles from natural causes due to complications from heart failure.

Breitbart not only carved out a new mixture of investigative journalism, combining the mediums of video and the microblogging website Twitter with huge scoops, he was slated to start a Big Jerusalem website to fight the seemingly endless mainstream media distortions of the Jewish state.

Adopted by a Jewish family in Los Angeles, Breitbart equated the preservation of liberty and freedom in the US with safeguarding liberties and security in the Jewish state. “Israel is in the right” and “If Israel goes, so will America,” he said during a lively speech last year at a meeting of Republican Jewish Coalition in Beverly Hills.

In this speech, Breitbart said of Israelis: “I just don’t understand how an inherently decent and free people could be the bad guy… This doesn’t make sense to me…
I’m glad I’ve become a journalist because I’d like to fight on behalf on the Israeli people…I’ve been there. And the Israeli people, I adore and I love.”

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17 year old conservative describes how Andrew affected her

As one who knew Andrew a bit, I can only imagine that wherever he is, of all the tributes that have been paid to him in the past 48 hours, this may be the one he’d be touched by the most:


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March 1, 2012: Andrew’s friends at PJTV reflect on his life and work

(Copy from PJTV channel):
PJTV’s Roger L. Simon, Bill Whittle, Lionel Chetwynd and Stephen Kruiser remember the energy and impact of the great Andrew Breitbart. From his internet savvy, to his willingness to battle ACORN and the left, Andrew Breitbart will be greatly missed by the PJ Media community.


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March 1, 2012: Rep. Louis Gomert (R-TX) tribute on House floor to Andrew

An extremely touching and fitting tribute to Andrew a few hours after he passed, by one of the few sane members of our House of Representatives.


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Caroline Glick’s tribute to Andrew


Those who knew Andrew more than likely know the inimitable Caroline Glick – journalist, commentator, satirist and stalwart defender of Israel, Jews and liberty.  Here is her touching tribute to Andrew, from the perspective of one who knows the dangers that Israel faces better than pretty much anyone else, and struggles to educate others:

I just read the horrible news that Andrew Breitbart has died. I send from Jerusalem my heartfelt condolences to his widow and children.

I watched Andrew’s speech at CPAC on YouTube and have to admit that I thought he didn’t look well. He had put on some extra weight and to my eye seemed a bit short of breath. After watching, I found myself concerned that he may have a heart problem.

And I was concerned. Because Andrew was the sort of person we can’t afford to lose. He was an unapologetic political warrior. He was a conservative, American patriot and friend of liberty everywhere. He was also a big friend of Israel.

I met Andrew two or three times over the years and each meeting was a pleasure. His no nonsense, “let’s get straight to business,” attitude was a breath of fresh air in a world where we are more judged by how polite we are than what we actually do. He knew who I am and I knew who he was and so each of our conversations went immediately to the point, whatever it was.

Andrew understood the truth that eludes so many conservatives in the US and Israel. That truth — that if you want to win in politics you have to be good to your friends and bad to your enemies — is what motivated his every move. He understood that right wingers never win any points for their side by trying to ingratiate themselves with the Left. The Left believes its job is to defeat and destroy the Right and will pocket any concessions the Right makes and use them as a means to divide and conquer their enemies.

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