Andrew Breitbart is dead at only 43

Just saw the tweet and got the news that my Andrew Breitbart has died.

To say that he was a giant to conservatives is the ultimate understatement, the left hated him tremendously because he was a regular citizen who shined a light on the left and refused to back off.

Andrew was not pretentious, when I was a much smaller blogger Andrew gave me both time and his cell number, that was not uncommon, Andrew always had time for the people in the trenches.

My most vivid memory of him was an interview I did with him at CPAC 2011. He promptly leaped onto a table lay down across it and then conducted the interview lying on the table in the lobby until the hotel made him get off of it.

To think of a man with such energy and such a love of life and of what he did dying so young, six years younger than me, just doesn’t compute.

I did not know Andrew in the same way that Larry O’Connor or Dana or the others did, It might be pretentious of me to call him friend, but he always treated me as if I was a friend and his death hits me tremendously but he left a team of incredible writers and bloggers who will carry on the fight.

There will be those on the left who will celebrate, but his big sites prove, he has fallen but he has left behinds hundreds to continue the work.

And we will

here is that photo I told you about

and here is the last picture I took of him

Update 2: The left is going nuts with joy on twitter, Andrew always showed them for what they are in life and he continues to do so in death.

Two other breitbart interviews here and here.

Update 3: Breitbart’s last CPAC speech

Update 4: From my Examiner piece:

On the left there are plenty of people celebrating (literally on twitter right now) but the line from Spartacus was never more true than today: He’ll be back and he’ll be millions.

I know because I’m one of those millions, and if you are a blogger or radio host on the right who have gotten involved in the last few years, so are you.

Update 5:
Media Matters manages a classy post on the subject, will they dare open comments?

Update 6: Ben Dominich

Breitbart believed intensely in the value of hard work and the essential worth and sanity of the American people. He was confident that if only the people knew the truth, if only they had something other than the New York Times to give it to them, they would choose the right path. So he had many enemies, and many more friends.

A line from G.K. Chesterton, which I have for years considered a personal motto, always seemed to me an apt description of Breitbart’s life: “We are to regard existence as a raid or great adventure; it is to be judged, therefore, not by what calamities it encounters, but by what flag it follows and what high town it assaults.”

Update 7: A lot of people either don’t know or forget how involved Andrew was in the early days of Drudge:

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

Update 8: Tributes from Michelle Malkin:

He was kinetic, brash, relentless, full of fight, the bane of the Left, and a mentor to the next generation of right-wing activists and citizen journalists.

The Foundry:

But Andrew was eminently a doer, not an armchair intellectual. He will be perhaps best remembered for taking on liberals in the mainstream media, not just by exposing their corrupt biases while claiming impartiality, but by giving them competition through his Big Journalism, Big Government and Big Hollywood websites.

Life news posted his speech to pro-life students

Robert Stacy McCain

He may have been the greatest genius I’ve ever met, with a keen, intuitive mind. Although he had been diagnosed with attention deficit disorder — he had a freewheeling quality about him, and his schedule was quite improvisational – Breitbart was also capable of a laser-like focus on whatever subject captured his interest. There were times you’d be talking to him and, if that spark of passionate interest hit, his luminous blue eyes would glow with an intensity that was almost frightening.

Update 9:
More on Breitbart,Sarah Palin:

Many of us will have life-long memories of our work or encounters with Andrew. May we draw on those to help forward the cause of fighting for what is right. For me, just one of those memories was in Pella, Iowa, last year after the premier of “The Undefeated.” Andrew held court in the restaurant at the local hotel talking about his favorite topic: how “culture is upstream of politics” and how conservatives must be unafraid to fight the leftwing media, cultural, and political establishments. The loss of his voice in this fight will be deeply felt, but thankfully his work lives on at his “Bigs,” and thank God for his inspiration and leadership.

Gateway Pundit, and the Snark Tank and Melissa Clouthier:

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.

Update 10:
A lot more on the compassion of the left for the dead here, here and here But it is Donna Brazile’s tweet that explains why the left hated him so better than any other:

That is why the left hated Breitbart in life and why they celebrate his death, they understood both his genius and fearlessness and believe they will no longer have to face it.

They’re wrong.

Update 11: Lets finish up with The Anchoress, Ace, the daily gut, Stixblog, Jimmie Bise, the right sphere and Atlas.

Update 12: An update from Stacy:

Breitbart’s politics were a bit more libertarian than Santorum’s, but Andrew was strongly pro-life. It was kind of personal with him, because he was adopted — his birth parents were a couple of ’60s hippie types — and Andrew thus understood deeply the enormous potential of “unwanted” babies.

I didn’t know he was adopted, that explains much. And the lonely conservative:

There’s an outpouring of hate from the left in the comments over at the Washington Post. Why am I not surprised?