Andrew Breitbart was laid to rest yesterday. My good friend, Jim Hoft (the tenacious mind behind Gateway Pundit), attended his funeral. As Jonah Goldberg pointed out in the recent podcast, this past year seems to have brought more significant losses than seems natural. Giants, such as Christopher Hitchens, Tony Blankley, James Q. Wilson, and Vaclav Havel, will be sadly missed, but can be honored and remembered for a life lived sufficiently fulfilled and complete. But, the same cannot be said of Andrew Breitbart. Instead, we honor and grieve for a fearless, Conservative champion who still had a fresh and powerful energy of more great things to yet achieve. He was a unique and irreplaceable force who, as a fellow Conservative astutely observed, was not just a soldier…he was a General. Using Jonah's words, his loss is a tragedy.
I was not fortunate, like Rob Long, Jonah Goldberg, and Jim Hoft, to have ever known Andrew. But, reading and listening to the tributes, such as the Ricochet podcast and the one Jim Hoft posted this morning on Gateway Pundit, gives us all a glimpse into the man whose life was larger than the physical space he filled. Jim Hoft's Ode to Andrew Breitbart, delivered at Andrew's funeral reception is beautiful, moving, and worth reading. The link to it is below.
ODE TO ANDREW BREITBART
Dedicated to the Shameless Bastards – You Know Who You Are
Here's an excerpt...
I don’t know Saul Alinsky
But I knew Andrew Breitbart. He put shame in its place. He led by example. He was a friend.
I don’t know John Podesta or Contessa Brewer or David Brock or Saul Alinsky. But I know Andrew Breitbart. And I know Andrew started a movement. A freedom movement. An American movement. And I know in honor of Andrew we will continue this battle. In honor of Andrew Breitbart.
.. FU War
Sometimes, a martyr is more powerful than the physical person. Now, Andrew Breitbart is everywhere.
By the way, I Own The World came up with a way to honor the memory of Andrew Breitbart. You can purchase your “Breitbart Is Here” T-shirt at Anthem Studios and all of the proceeds will be donated to the Breitbart family.