Conservative firebrand Andrew Breitbart is dead at age 43, apparently from natural causes:
The websites he founded ran a statement Thursday morning announcing that Breitbart, 43, died “unexpectedly from natural causes” in Los Angeles shortly after midnight. His attorney and editor-in-chief of those sites confirmed his death to Fox News.
“We have lost a husband, a father, a son, a brother, a dear friend, a patriot and a happy warrior,” the statement said. ”Andrew lived boldly, so that we more timid souls would dare to live freely and fully, and fight for the fragile liberty he showed us how to love.”
Breitbart was a happy warrior who engendered pure hatred in those with whom he disagreed. It was possible to find some of his methods regrettable while respecting the unapologetic passion he brought to his politics. One of his cleverer tactics on Twitter was to re-tweet the bile he received to ensure that his haters received a wider audience.
Many of whom it appears, do not have the grace or tact to remember that, de mortuis nil nisi bonum. These haters may think that they have gotten the last laugh simply by outliving a man they could not outwit, but by their spleen we know them
Not all of his ideological opponents took the fast train to the gutter. Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo takes the high ground, remembering that behind our differences we share a common humanity, and a common destiny.