A GOOD man gone and far too soon. Andrew Breitbart, the American New Media entrepreneur who exposed the New Establishment with wit, vigour and bravery, has died at the age of just 43.
This is genuinely distressing news, and it hits all the harder in Australia, where the smug, self-protecting circle of media commentators, academic careerists and nakedly manipulative "public interest" groups hijack and dominate so much of what professional wankers like Robert Manne like to call "the national conversation." Looking at the wounds Breitbart inflicted on Acorn, Planned Parenthood and the hustlers quick to smear the Tea Party as racists because they could not address its objections to state-sponsored waste and hypocrisy, the hope at the Billabong was that his puckish campaigns would inspire something similar on this side of the Pacific.
Hear Breitbart discuss his hatred for leftist witch-hunters with Adam Carolla:
And here is Rush Limbaugh's tribute: "He was a bulldog."
He was. In every respect.
UPDATE: Caring, compassionate leftoids (and a few admirers) discuss Breitbart's death and display some of their defining qualities.