I don't like the carpet-bomb-your-enemies style of politics that we're in these days. Thus, the story of Andrew Breitbart's passing leaves me a bit cold, as I don't have the warm spot in my heart that the conservative on-line big-shots have, for a lot of his shtick was to make liberals look bad.
That can be good in a lot of cases, but created collateral damage in others, like in the Shirley Sherrod case (where You-tubing her out of context cost her a job).
Here's an interesting first-reaction obit from Jonah Goldberg; it closes thus.
There will be lots of eulogies and obituaries for Andrew, including my own, talking about his politics and his beautiful wife and kids and his bottomless happy-warrior spirit. And that’s all true and right and appropriate. But people — particularly NRO readers — should know that Andrew’s accomplishments didn’t begin with his relatively recent fame and his gonzo antics. People will talk a lot about Shirley Sherrod and Anthony Weiner and that’s all fine and good. He’d like it, in fact. But he was a great, sweet, smart guy destined for great things long before he became a cultural touchstone. Indeed, his greatest accomplishment, I’m sure he would say, was marrying up and having four wonderful kids. And that too is something that you won’t see in his clips on YouTube.
By all accounts, he seemed to be a happy warrior and a hail fellow well met. Pat Buchanan seems much the same way in person; I still don't like Pat's ethnocentrism and nasty streak towards his enemies.
Breitbart was key in getting Drudge rolling and played a key role in getting the Huffington Post off the ground, although the later listed a bit more left than he hoped, shooting for a bipartisan online salon. That and other things will give him more than a bit part when the history of the blog era gets told.
I just don't like hating my enemies and prefer my pundits with a bit less bile.