Like many, when I heard the news of Andrew Breitbart's death, my immediate thought was that it was a stunt by him to see what the reaction would be to his death. Unfortunately, it was no stunt, it was all too real, with a 43 year old husband and father of 4 gone far too soon.
The amazing thing about Breitbart is that so many have stories about him. It is a deep loss to the conservative blogging community because he was a friend to us. In fact, it was practically impossible to have gone to an event he was at like CPAC or RightOnline and NOT have spoken to him at least once. He really cared about the others with him in the trenches fighting the Left, and he would talk to you like he knew you.
The day before CPAC 2012, he was at my office. We talked about the Occupyers' plans to disrupt CPAC and as we were talking he was composing a tweet and asking my advice about it. It was very interesting how he carefully thought about it, going through two or three revisions, changing words, etc. He wanted to toy with the Occupyers and get them to think a lot more was happening to counter them at CPAC. So he came up with this tweet:
Not sure how I feel about this dog feces catapult (40 plus foot reach) & horse urine balloon as #OccupyCPAC counterplot rumor. Kids.
— AndrewBreitbart (@AndrewBreitbart) February 8, 2012
The next day at CPAC he came into the Citizens United Blogger Briefing on "Occupy Unmasked" with a Guy Fawkes mask and cape, an image which some have told me is one of the last memories they have of Breitbart:
UPDATE: Get a twibbon here for your Twitter avatar that says #IAmAndrewBreitbart.