The news of Andrew Breitbart's passing this morning was shocking; It's still hard to believe. I had the pleasure of meeting Andrew a few times over the last couple of years. The first was in April of 2010 when I hosted him at the California College Republican convention here in Los Angeles. Nobody could rev-up a crowd of conservative college students more than Andrew could; and all the while double-fisting margaritas--one of which ended up all over his shirt during a heated part of his speech.
His loss is a terrible blow to America and to freedom. His inspiration reminds me of a line from Ronald Reagan's first inaugural address:
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have.
In the arsenal of freedom, our most powerful weapon is the truth. Our enemies in politics and in the world do not have it, and as Andrew forcefully, and always cheerfully, showed us: They can't handle it.
Pray for his wife and four children who will feel his loss more than we could imagine.
Rest in Peace, and Freedom Andrew Breitbart z"l.