Yes. He became a good sized fish in the pond, and died early. He will be missed.
He is a bit of a stuffed shirt and self righteous. A bit more arrogant then he deserves.
I confess to only having a passing knowledge of Andrew Breitbart (odd as I consider myself conservative) prior to his death only weeks ago. After watching Breitbart's 2012 CPAC speech and seeing him as a political analyst on MSNBC, both days before his passing, I was hooked by his very unusual persona. So I delved into some research on who and what the self-proclaimed cultural warrior was all about. Glad I did!
In learning about Breitbart, albeit postumously, I became an instant and ardent Breitbart fan. I felt that I owed it to myself to do a few things as myway of benefitting from what would otherwise be nothing but tragedy in in his untimely passing at only 43 yrs. of age: support his family, understand his philosophy and finally try to carry on his
I was intrigued by Breitbart when I heard that he had died and that he had been considered a huge influence on contemporary conservative thought. I'd never heard of him.
Breitbart spends about half of the book ranting about his somewhat easy, but not overly privileged lifestyle growing up in California and what little appreciation he had for what his parents had done for him. He described college not as the transformative intellectual experience his parents might have thought it would be, but rather as a place where he built poor habits and wallowed in self destruction. He was aimless. He also was seduced by the nihilist propaganda spewed by popular culture. The "Kurt Cobain mindset", he calls it.
I am a bit older than he, but experienced a very similar sense of disorientation with my own political identity. Having also grown up in a conservative household, I had a feeling most of my life that my parents were living in some sort of time warp, or alternate universe since my liberal college education villainized most of their proudly held opinions and none of my friends spoke up if their politics were not of the mainstream 80's neo-liberal know-it-all variety. The dichotomy eventually lead him to choose his politics, and (having finally grown up a bit) his intellect and emotions led him toward the right.
Listening to the second part of the book is much more rewarding. Breitbart outlines the intellectual heritage of the liberal media in Hollywood. He also does a decent job of pointing out inconsistencies in liberal thinkers and pokes holes in their false veneer of compassion for their fellow man. He sites many examples of the liberals publicly behaving badly in total collusion with the media.
Finally we find out that Breitbart worked with a young conservative activist who brought down the government sponsored community action group ACORN. His co-worker was the guy who actually made the videos of himself, dressed as a pimp, and his friend, dressed as a prostitute, getting organizational and tax help for setting up a fictional brothel employing underage illegals. It was a brilliant coup against the Obama-loving media.
The experience seemed to have galvanized Breitbart's resolve in the fight between conservative media and the overwhelming liberal media. He ends by expressing his opinion that the tea party movement holds the most hope for the preservation of individual rights and liberties. He also dismisses the far right wing of the GOP that is so hell bent on legislating away personal behaviors they find repugnant, a la Santorum.
I personally agree with Breitbart's sentiments and most of his politics, and enjoyed hearing his take on the origins of liberal media in the US. Just knowing that he was not obsessed with conservative social dictums makes me sorry he will not be around during this election to point the republican party toward a centrist position that concentrates on individuals' constitutional liberties.
Downside: A right wing rant that rehashes the Clinton-Lewinsky affair and goes behind the scenes with the Acorn affair.
Upside: Chapter 6 provides some interesting beginning points for more reading into the origins of the left in the US. I listened to that Chapter again after reading more about the Frankfurt School, Markuse, and Saul Alinsky. He doesn't say that everyone on the Left is a Marxist --- not quite.
Maybe it was the punctuated drama of the reader, maybe it was Breitbart's words, but this just comes across as a right-wing rant against anything left. Left is evil, therefore we on the Right must oppose that evil with all our might, using the media, the arts, all social outlets - just like they do - or they will win.
I prefer a little less hyperventilating against the Left, but I'm likely the kind of conservative that Breitbart would think is losing the war he is waging. He might be right.