“Other than Andrew Breitbart,” Roger Simon writes, “the big winner in all this so far is the Republican Party.”
Now, I don’t know if I agree with my fellow Angeleno about this story being a victory for the GOP, save that it neutralizes a man who Moe Lane billed as “one of the Democrats’ attack dogs“, but I do agree that Breitbart is a big winner of this whole enterprise. Huge, indeed. It was a victory he did not even seek, vindication he may not even have looked for.
For more than a full week, in blogs, on cable news and even in our comments section, Democrats and their allies were hinting that the new media mogul had ginned up this story, with one of his minions responsible for hacking into the Congressman’s twitter account. They attempted to use this story to smear Andrew Breitbart.
And he just happened to be in New York at the very time Weiner had scheduled his press conference to admit his deception. Left-wing pundits put Breitbart into the story. So, we have Democrats calling his credibility into question, then yesterday the Democrat at the center of the scandal apologizing to Breitbart, thus acknowledging that the slurs directed against the new media pioneer had no basis in reality.
Many, heretofore unaware of his good works, will now see Breitbart as the man falsely maligned by his critics on the left. It’s going to be a lot harder now for the Democrats to attack this man. Those who smeared Breitbart increased his profile by bringing him into this story. And with his vindication, he becomes a far more credible figure than he might otherwise have been — and to a far, broader audience. In the future, those who try to blame him will have a problem similar to a young sheepherder who cried, “Wolf” when there was no immediate lupine threat.
And with “Breitbart,” being vindicated again, his “‘Big’ sites,” as Jeff Dunetz puts it, “not only shoot down the progressive media’s political idols, but they make the press seem incompetent for not reporting those stories themselves.” (Via Instpundit.)
UPDATE: Glenn has a few more links on Breitbart’s vindication.