The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart: A Warrior and a Friend

Elizabeth Meinecke
Townhall Magazine

Brandon Darby, a leftist-turned-conservative, gives a personal look at Andrew Breitbart and the legacy he left behind.

Excerpted from Townhall Magazine’s March feature, “The Legacy of Andrew Breitbart: A Warrior and a Friend” by Brandon Darby:

“Stand up and fight. I’ll be your rodeo clown and draw their fire. I’ll protect you.” –Andrew Breitbart to Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote

Approximately one year ago, Andrew Breitbart passed away from heart failure while walking late at night. Those of us who knew him personally or who were protected by him were devastated, and those who disagreed with him were surprised by the expression of grief from the conservative movement. Even CNN’s Piers Morgan admitted his surprise at how upset people were to lose Andrew and devoted a show to honoring his life. Andrew was days away from launching the fruit of months of hard work—a website that bears his name, the revamped

He had spent months with designers, his hand-picked editors, friends and business partners preparing to launch the Internet portal that joined all of his “Big” sites; Big Hollywood, Big Government, Big Journalism, Big Peace and Breitbart TV. Ultimately, the staff and partners decided to continue with the launch in his honor, both as planned and on schedule. The site went on to great success despite the heartbreak of his editors and writers.

Right media began mourning Andrew and discussing his legacy and accomplishments. The role he played in U.S. politics and culture was immeasurable: helping create the Huffington Post, helping build up the Drudge Report, and ultimately establishing his own media empire. …

Andrew built others up. He expended more of his energy promoting others than he did promoting himself. He was willing to deal with the drama of other people so he could help them better themselves (myself included). He made himself available to nearly anyone who reached out to him, individuals from both the Left and Right sides of the political spectrum—whoever was willing to have true dialogue. He hated bullies and cherished his role as the defender of the weak and weary. He was all of these things to me and to thousands of others. He took on a Left establishment at the pentacle of its power. Many of us saw him as our representative in the public dialogue—a role he realized he played, and which he held sacred…

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