Breitbart Lives!

The question naturally occurs: what are you going to do, now that Andrew’s incandescence has burned out prematurely? I can’t answer for the others, but I do know that one of Andrew’s legacies for me is an injection of fortitude.

The bitterness of Andrew Breitbart’s premature departure may be tempered if his courage inspires conservatives to press the case that President Obama’s life story, as accepted by the media and McCain campaign in 2008, contains a series of discrepancies, frauds, and lies-by-omission. Americans have been had by a manufactured biography that does not bear close examination. Breitbart knew it, talked about it, and was the foremost public advocate of re-vetting the candidate who escaped serious scrutiny in 2008.

The overwhelming consensus of the GOP establishment is that Americans like Barack Obama. There is no profit in attacking him personally. Shut up about all the disturbing signs that he was groomed by a series of troubling mentors, centered his adult life on the Alinsky Left in Chicago, and had his career managed by ruthless pros who saw the electoral potential of an “clean, articulate black guy” with Ivy credentials, a slim build, and a terrific smile.

A substantial portion of the GOP base is with Breitbart faction of Obama skeptics. They are tarred with the label “birthers” even if their skepticism is limited to Bill Ayers’ role in authoring Dreams from My Father or the troubling anomaly of Obama’s Social Security number. The vehemence of the media left in slurring anyone who questions any aspect of Obama’s legend is evidence of the underlying fear of exposure. After all, their current strategy is to distract the electorate from Obama’s failures by manufacturing from whole cloth a phony notion that the GOP wants to deny women access to contraception and health care. Skeptical inquiry of any sort is anathema to this crowd. After all, skepticism is contagious in a time of disillusionment.

One less visible aspect of Andrew Breitbart’s work was his important role as a networker on the right. I am one of many people Andrew reached out to over the years, emailing, having serious, long conversations on the phone, analyzing, strategizing, collaborating, advising, and networking. Andrew loved putting like-minded people together. He loved the Big Picture — what he called the institutional left, and its takeover of American culture. He knew that unless we take back the culture, politically we are doomed.


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