I wasn't going to write about the death of Andrew Breitbart, because I really didn't want to waste any electrons on the lying hatemonger's arteriosclerotic corpse, but the goddamn tongue-bath he's been getting even from "liberal" mainstream media figures is pretty damn disgusting. To paraphrase the Bard, "I come to bury the douchebag, not to praise him." To ignore the awful negative effect he had on political discourse is to allow his troglodyte followers to write a counterfactual hagiography. Hell, the right wing is trying to make him into a martyr and manufacturing an iconography.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has a great piece up about the decedent, and this obituary is a must-read. Finn Finn also had a good post on the guy.
Andrew Breitbart's highest profile exploits were marked not only by their use of deception, but also by racial animus. He used deceptively edited videotape to target an organization which devoted time and effort to registering voters mainly in poor minority communities. His calumnious attack on Shirley Sherrod, a dedicated public servant was an attempt to portray the NAACP as a racist organization in order to deflect criticism from the Tea Party. Breitbart's last big project was an attempt to portray a discimination lawsuit on behalf of poor black farmers who were slighted by the USDA as a shakedown. The guy had a knack for kicking people who were down, and the majority of his targets were African-Americans.
It is often said that race is the "third rail" in American politics, and Breitbart was the rage-filled tweaker lurking on the platform, and hoping to push some poor innocent onto the tracks. He could have looked at the entire video of the Shirley Sherrod speech and said, "She seems like a really good person, maybe I shouldn't engage in character assassination to 'count coup' politically." But he didn't, he considered Shirley Sherrod to be "collateral damage" in the political war he was waging, which was pretty much a race war as well. This was a guy who thought that accusing someone of racism is worse than racism. The guy was hardly a pleasant enough goofball- he did his damnedest to make the country an uglier place.
The world is undiminished by his passing.
The real reason I'm writing this post is that the mothership was down yesterday, and now that it's up, nobody can post comments... is this takedown of Snark Central the big plan the Breitbartisans had cooked up for Sunday?