This is not meant as an attack on the bow-tie brigade. We need those types. We need the WASP ethos and the civilized behavior that it promotes. But we also need the hard boys in their black t-shirts and shades who can jump into the trenches and give as good as they get — the kind of cadre that conservatism has for many years lacked.
Make no mistake – the leftist assault on Andrew Breitbart’s reputation since his untimely death has but one explanation: he was effective.
Yglesis and Taibbi… but we don’t need to name them further. To my personal knowledge not a single representative of the left made any effort to rise above the vindictiveness of the herd, to find some sense of nobility in the struggle they claim to wage, and express it in the form of respect, as one warrior to another. There are no Alexanders on the left, no Saladins, no Robert E. Lees. They are a bandit movement, vulgar and coarse, and that is all they will ever be.
The two items that most irked the left were Briebart’s dismissal of Edward Kennedy and the Shirley Sherrod video. Briebart notoriously referred to Kennedy as “a pile of excrement” on the occasion of his death. This is harsh, and something many of us would not choose to say. (I myself prefer Pope Benedict’s handling of the matter. Shortly before his death, Kennedy, facing eternity and aware that he was in no way prepared, sent what amounted to a spiritual begging letter to the Pope, outlining his achievements and good works. The Pope, of course, knew exactly what he was dealing with. The reply, from a minor Vatican functionary, amounted to, “The Holy Father is sorry to hear that and will remember you in his prayers.” Punctilious, proper, and damning in its coldness. The rapier as opposed to Breitbart’s bludgeon. I’d rather be called a pile of excrement.) This supposedly allows the left to appeal to turnabout in the case of Breitbart. But of course, it does no such thing. Kennedy was a murderer who left a young woman to die amid horrifying circumstances. The fact that he remained in politics for another forty years was a disgrace to the Senate and the nation as a whole. Breitbart never killed anybody. End of story.