Thank you and R.I.P Andrew Bretbart!

It is with great sadness that we learned this morning of Andrew Breitbart’s death.  He brought so much to the table from inspiring people to keep up this critical fight for our nation’s future prosperity to promoting the important role that free speech/free press play in an open society.  He was masterful in communication – everything from crafting and delivering a message to fully utilizing the newest of media tools.

And his passion.  We heard him speak numerous times – in small and large groups.  The passion was always there, so was the humor.  What, however, gave Breitbart credibility was well-reasoned, simple logic sitting at the base of any position he took.

He always seemed ready to take anyone on – actually appeared to kind of relish it.  But his style wasn’t so about diminishing people – it seemed more about challenging others to take a hard, non-selective look at their own views, their own allies, their own actions.

Last summer in Minneapolis at Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s fourth annual Right Online Conference, he had a great time engaging attendees of the NetRoots Nation 2011 event which was occurring in the same general locale.  Funny that as this is being written, Fox commentator Sally Kohn is now on-air describing her interaction with Breitbart at the same event.

In its post announcing Breitbart’s death, includes a concluding passage from his book Righteous Indignation:

I love my job. I love fighting for what I believe in. I love having fun while doing it. I love reporting stories that the Complex refuses to report. I love fighting back, I love finding allies, and—famously—I enjoy making enemies.

Three years ago, I was mostly a behind-the-scenes guy who linked to stuff on a very popular website. I always wondered what it would be like to enter the public realm to fight for what I believe in. I’ve lost friends, perhaps dozens. But I’ve gained hundreds, thousands—who knows?—of allies. At the end of the day, I can look at myself in the mirror, and I sleep very well at night.

He was a force that will be missed.