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"He ruined a number of people’s lives for no real reason, and he was generally a toxic influence on the national debate."

Here is a remarkably fair—generous, even—assessment of the late Andrew Breitbart.

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melis (#1,854)

This article is really ruining The The for me.

City_Dater (#2,500)

@melis

Yes!

And until reading this, I thought the most irritating thing created by grunge was Upscale Designer Flannel Shirts.

@melis Matt Johnson doesn't seem like the type to use Twitter, but if he was I'm sure he'd be quick to disown his late fan.

jackjackjack (#222,577)

Even the darkest cloud can let light shine forth. Even… the… darkest… most nauseatingly gaseous, foul, filth-wafting, dank, dispiritingly-noxeous, odoriferously-awful … cloud…

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

"…generous, even…": It is indeed generous. As I trust Shirley Sherrod's settlement from the estate will be too.

The one that really struck me was from all places, talkingpointsmemo dot com because it was clearly written by a person who was as surprised as anyone in the business. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2012/03/breitbart_rip.php?ref=fpblg Now, don't get me wrong there is another very TPM article refrencing ACORN and the horrible, horrible editing of the speech of Shirley Sharrod but this one struck me as something that was written just as news of the death of a young(ish) colleague was received. It seems to be heartfelt, or as heartfelt as could be.

atipofthehat (#797)

And now he's dead.

BadUncle (#153)

The only thing I want to know about Andrew Breitbart is how many canoes could be made from his tanned hide.

Danzig! (#5,318)

I was kind of dismayed to see David Frum be so on-point with this – http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/03/01/andrew-breitbart-1969-2012.html

Really I'm dismayed by how clearly earnest David Frum is at trying to come to the right conclusions these days. Frum misses the mark on holding Breitbart accountable for his racism (he makes the classic mistake of wholly separating racist actions and racist beliefs) but otherwise is pretty frank. Not Pareene frank, but who is?

freetzy (#7,018)

@Danzig! Frum's takedown of the new Charles Murray book was good and thorough, too.

Ham Snadwich (#11,842)

@Danzig! – Frum's gotten a lot better since he got fired from Cato and generally became persona non grata in conservative circles. Coincidence? I think not.

It's jarring to see this obit followed by one for Anthony Shadid who, you know, actually died doing something worthwhile.

Second Alarm (#223,649)

Andrew Breitbart was a hero sorry all you Liberal are so uptight being told the truth.
Liberal and slinky. not good for much but when the fall down the stairs bring a smile to your face.

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