It was to be expected, this avalanche of vitriol directed toward Andrew Breitbart by the left. Even in death, Andrew is driving them bat guano insane.
Several sites are trying to track the bile-filled thoughts of liberals. I say trying because it is impossible to keep up with it. I've never seen anything like it.
The most influential tweet came from Slate's Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias), who tweeted: "Conventions around dead people are ridiculous. The world outlook is slightly improved with @AndrewBrietbart dead."
AlmightyBob @AlmightyBoob : @AndrewBreitbart haha youre dead and in hell being a gay with hitler
Jeff Glasse @jeffglasse : Andrew Breitbart now enjoying afternoon tea with Hitler #goodriddanceyouhack
@darrenfiorello: Andrew Breitbart died? Is it wrong that I'm happier about that than when they got bin Laden and Saddam?
PJ Media has been constantly updating the insanity:
- Cenk Uygur @cenkuygur It's confirmed. Breitbart has passed away. tinyurl.com/7hbactc Ironic legacy is that no one was sure because it was reported by his website.
- @brodeep Andrew Breitbart was a cancer of society, a separatist, and above all, a fucking CANCER. Enjoy Hell, you bastard.
- @silasgalactic Andrew Breitbart is the Paris Hilton of political journalism except he has no money, no talent, and no original ideas.
- @Dakoda_1022 Andrew Breitbart died, age 43. Laying doubt to the saying 'the good die young' huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/01/and...
- @twolf10 Who will ask romney if his church will now baptize Andrew Breitbart?
- @BenFinfer What kind of god takes Andrew Breitbart but leaves Ann Coulter?
- @darrenfiorello: Andrew Breitbart died? Is it wrong that I'm happier about that than when they got bin Laden and Saddam?
- @shivabeach Andrew Breitbart poisoned himself to death with lies and deception. He did this just to get away from Shirley Sherrod.
- @janxjue7 LOLing at the image of Andrew Breitbart arguing on Twitter then clutching his chest like Fred Sanfor9um5OM
Somehow, I found this from Booman hilarious -- something Breitbart would have enjoyed immensely:
My general attitude is that it's polite to set out a little time after someone loathsome dies before you say bad things about them. This is a matter of personal taste. I may think "good riddance" to myself, but I'm just going to refrain from saying it for a day or two, or maybe until they've been laid to rest. I make exceptions for notorious dictators and criminals. It's not usually the case that I'm glad that someone is dead, either. Even when I'm sorry or generally indifferent about someone's death, I try to refrain from badmouthing them for a period of time.
Obviously, a lot of progressives have less tact. I think, though, that one must consider what it means to live a life that causes such hatred. But enough of that, lest I violate my own rule.
I hope Andrew Breitbart's loved ones will be spared too much vitriol over the next few days. After that? We will discuss vitriol quite a lot.
I really want to believe Booman is pulling our legs. But that last sentence suggests he is absolutely, wonderfully, bizarrely insensate to his own hypocrisy.
I guess referring to a human being as "loathesome" doesn't qualify as "a bad thing" to say about them. No matter. Anyone this oblivious to their own stupidity deserves some recognition.
There are thousands more like the above. The bad spelling, mangled syntax, and errors in grammar from most of them reveal the tweeters to be ignorant twits. But the mindless hate directed at Breitbart is also a tribute to his impact on the political conversation.
The left just might miss Andrew almost as much as we will.