Rush Limbaugh paid tribute to the “indefatigable bulldog for the conservative cause,” Andrew Breitbart, during his radio show on Thursday.
Taking a walk down memory lane, Limbaugh shared that he had known Breitbart since the 1990s. At the time, Breitbart was working with Matt Drudge on The Drudge Report.
Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, died early today in Los Angeles at the age of 43.
“He grew up in West Los Angeles, surrounded by liberals,” Limbaugh said. “Sometime during the 1990s, the early '90s, Breitbart had an awakening. Constantly questioning what was all around him, which was really extreme liberalism.”
During that awakening, Breitbart became “a bulldog," Limbaugh said.
“He literally was an indefatigable bulldog for the conservative cause — did things that nobody else has done on the Internet where there are a lot of players,” he said. “He accomplished quite a lot, much more than a lot of people.
“A lot of people get into the business for a lot of reasons," Limbaugh continued. “His was to effect change. He really sought to effect change above everything else.”
Taking a reflective tone, Limbaugh mentioned how Breitbart was never caught up with himself, crediting his selflessness as the reason why he lived such a full life.
“You only get one life, and most people don’t get as much out of it as they could,” Limbaugh said. “One of the reasons that most people don’t get the most out of their lives as they can is they can’t stop thinking about themselves.
“The more you think about yourself, the less you are aware of things going on outside your sphere. It’s hard not to do that and Breitbart did that. Breitbart was outside himself in all of his quests,” he said. “It’s true to say that there will never be another Andrew Breitbart.”
A variety of other personalities in conservative circles lauded Breitbart similarly, including the following:
- Newt Gingrich: "Andrew Breitbart was the most innovative pioneer in conservative activist social media in America. He had great courage and creativity."
- Rick Santorum: “What a powerful force. What a huge loss, in my opinion, for our country and certainly for the conservative movement."
- In a Twitter message, Mitt Romney called him, “Brilliant entrepreneur, fearless conservative, loving husband and father.”
- Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report: “Andrew Breitbart was a constant source of energy, passion, and commitment.”
- Rush Limbaugh: “He literally was an indefatigable bulldog for the conservative cause.”
- Glenn Beck: "We pray for his family, we pray for his children, and we pray that his mission to expose those who need to be exposed continues.”
- Conservative commentator Jonah Goldberg: "He was the modern conservative iteration of a 1960's radical. When I say he was the most fearless guy I ever knew, it really is true. He truly loved the fight.”
- Erick Erickson of the conservative blog RedState.com: Breitbart's death was “like a supernova has gone dark.”
- Political pundit Tucker Carlson said he had spoken to Breitbart last night: "He was so completely and utterly entertaining and truly, I would say, one of the more generous people I've ever known.”
- CNN contributor Dana Loesch: “It’s a very sad loss today. He stood for truth.”
- New York Post columnist Michelle Malkin called him “a mentor to the next generation of right-wing activists and citizen journalists.”
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