Andrew Breitbart: R.I.P. Happy Warrior

March 1, 2012 / 11:27 am • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

Andrew Breitbart is dead. I still cannot believe it. [Details here.] [Updated: Father In Law says it was probably a heart attack.]

Andrew Breitbart lit up a room. Out at Western CPAC in Southern California a couple years ago, his star was rising, and he gave an interview. I asked him what he was doing; as in, how do you see your role?

He told us that he saw himself as a “merry mischief maker”. He wanted to turn the media upside down. He wanted to destroy them.

Andrew succeeded. He created the most surreal media moment ever: He ended up speaking at Anthony Weiner’s late and ill-fated press conference. He was at once the press and the news. It was a seminal moment. It was the moment I felt that Andrew had achieved his ends.

Everything had changed. The New Media was rising.

The grief-making part of it? He’d just really started. So much work to do. So much vitality.

In the spring of last year, Andrew called me and asked if I’d help him promote his book Righteous Indignation. He overnighted a review copy. In a day, I read it cover to cover.

If you haven’t read Andrew’s book, you really must. Not only is he a great story teller and beautiful writer, and he is, he also gives great hope through his own story. His biography shows a man, who like most Americans, didn’t pay attention and how he “woke up”.

And boy, did he wake up. He was the righteous, pointed finger in the chest of the empty and sanctimonious left. He had their number and they knew it.

As I sit here crying, I fear looking at Twitter for seeing all the nastiness and venom that will spill forth about Andrew from the left. He was hated because he was effective. They hated his persona. They hated his gumption. They hated him. [Updated: Do they ever.]

Knowing Andrew–knowing his sweet nature, knowing his kindness, knowing his generosity–I would just marvel at the contrast between what the left caricatured him as being with who he really was.

You know that carousing guy? That guy who skates on the edge or goes over it? The guy who cheats on his wife while out of town or likes to give the impression of being a player?

That wasn’t Andrew. Ever.

Andrew was devoted. He was a true family man. He chortled about people implying that he was gay as his domestic life with his wife and four kids was so tranquil and happy. He liked that someone viewed him as edgy.

At one small gathering, I found Andrew walking aimlessly around the hotel lobby with his iPad. I asked him what he was doing. Well, he couldn’t find anyone and was waiting for people to show up–for three hours. When it was suggested that he could have called one of us, he responded, “I’m not very good without my wife or Larry.”

Scattered, brimming with ideas, mulish, and hell-bent, Andrew could be a handful. His best friend Larry Solov is as sweet, calm, and circumspect as Andrew is bombastic, frenetic and bold. Larry helped Andrew succeed in so many ways. When it came to the business of Andrew Breitbart, Andrew and Larry were two parts of a whole.

Andrew was so full of life, it is almost impossible to fathom the emptiness that will be felt by those close to him. I feel it and I didn’t interact with Andrew every day.

I worried for Andrew. Before CPAC this year, there had been threats made on his life. Andrew was symbolic for the left and his death would be a triumph. And yet Andrew didn’t seem concerned at all. He just plowed on and engaged.

He gave his phone number to anyone. He would talk to anyone. He was not a respecter of persons.

I wish he was still here. There’s too much work to do. Who will do it? Who will do it like Andrew?

Someone will have to do the work, but no one will do it like Andrew.

Andrew Breitbart. Happy Warrior. Devoted husband and father. Generous friend and co-worker. Merry mischief maker.

I miss him already.

More:

Andrew’s best friend Larry Solov.

Matt LaBash: By way of greeting, I used to ask Breitbart what kind of evil he was up to. “Most kinds,” he’d say, gamely.

Jim Hoft

Ben Domenech

Andrew’s speech at CPAC:

Andrew’s last tweet:

Michelle Malkin.

Andrew in pictures

Sarah Palin

Rush Limbaugh

Jonah Goldberg and Jonah says this here:

I’ve never known someone, perhaps with the exception of Drudge himself, who had more of a savant’s sense of media, old and new — but especially new. In the early days of the Drudge Report there was a lot of talk about how Drudge made the news, and that was often true. But he could only do that by understanding the news and how it worked at a visceral instinctive level. Matt saw this same gift in Andrew, which is why he hired him. The two of them changed the course of the massive river of news for literally billions of people. That’s no exaggeration, even venerable enterprises and institutions that despised the Drudge Report and pretended it didn’t exist had to change course because of it.I’ve never known someone, perhaps with the exception of Drudge himself, who had more of a savant’s sense of media, old and new — but especially new. In the early days of the Drudge Report there was a lot of talk about how Drudge made the news, and that was often true. But he could only do that by understanding the news and how it worked at a visceral instinctive level. Matt saw this same gift in Andrew, which is why he hired him. The two of them changed the course of the massive river of news for literally billions of people. That’s no exaggeration, even venerable enterprises and institutions that despised the Drudge Report and pretended it didn’t exist had to change course because of it.

Matt Drudge says this:

“DEAR READER: In the first decade of the DRUDGEREPORT Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion and commitment. We shared a love of headlines, a love of the news, an excitement about what’s happening. I don’t think there was a single day during that time when we did not flash each other or laugh with each other, or challenge each other. I still see him in my mind’s eye in Venice Beach, the sunny day I met him. He was in his mid 20’s. It was all there. He had a wonderful, loving family and we all feel great sadness for them today… MDRUDGE”

Greg Gutfeld

Roger Simon: “When a whirlwind dies, there is a sudden quiet.”

William Jacobson: “Andrew is irreplaceable, but we would serve his memory well to aspire to more freedom of thought and more freedom of action.”

Tucker Carlson

Jonathan Last

Uncut podcast at Liberty Pundits with Clyde Middleton and Andrew Breitbart.

Steven Crowder

Josh Trevino

Ed Driscoll

Michael Walsh

Scott Johnson

Andrew gives birth with his mouth

Ace who drubs David Frum aka The Rat.

Iowahawk

Man against the mob

Matt LaBash

Mark Levin

Guy Benson

James O’Keefe

Dan Riehl

Erick Erickson

Megan Barth

Dana Loesch

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

The Anchoress

Ed Morrissey

Pamela Gellar

Felicia Craven: Andrew Breitbart was our William Wallace.

Andrew Malcolm: So?

Micky Kaus

Betsy Rothstein

  • @ FlyingLeLe Leah M Christie

    I followed many a tweet battle of his during the middle of the night. I admired his “go to the source” for all issues. 

    My light is held up with yours and Andrew’s light, always for the Right, for our Republic. 

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  • Robbie Cooper

    My heart is broken, Melissa. I admired and respected and LIKED Andrew so much from the moment I first met him (while shooting guns at Red’s Indoor Range here in Austin).

    What I liked so much about Andrew was that I saw not so much of him in me —- but vice versa, so much of me in him. 

    I was so excited to find another happy warrior on our side who was not just willing to take the fight to the Liberal Media, but do so with such glee and passion.

    I’m also just 43 years old, and hope to someday have the same impact that Andrew  did.
    Rest in peace my friend, and worry not — you have ignited a flame that will not soon be extinguished, and we now take up your sword and fight on.

  • Anonymous

    AB said he will be in the bunker with us, he will be standing behind whomever the candidate is.  So, just like Braveheart’s deceased wife who moves through the crowd at his beheading, AB will be there in the crowd at every campaign stop and on election night.  And, on Inauguration Day I bet we see him sitting in the stands as well.

  • http://twitter.com/Mommentator Mommentator

    Beautiful.  Thank you.

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  • Anonymous

    Thank You Andrew and God bless you … as St. Peter pats you on the back please pray for us from Heaven

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Peggy-Venable/593912455 Peggy Venable

    Great tribute, Melissa!  Thanks for all the insight and providing your perspective. 

  • kozanne

    My husband and I did not ever meet him, but we knew him through his work.  While those of you who are his friends and family are weeping for him, rest assured a lot of Americans Andrew never knew are doing the same.

    Our shock, our sense of great loss, our prayers for his family are right alongside yours.

    May those of you on the front lines lead us onward to the victory Andrew envisioned for us all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3JLG6UEPCOAJUUKW7IEZP6GID4 roman v

    Strange death,right before new damaging evidence on Obama was shown

  • Marcia

    Tomorrow morning will be a week since I saw that first awful FB post about his death and it’s still hard for me to belief that his light has been extinguished. I only met him once but I’ll never forget how patient he was with all of us at the SGP Summit who wanted our photo op with him. We will carry on and never forget that “We are Breitbart.” 

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