This past weekend, as a favor to my sister and brother-in-law, I drove up to the Bay Area so they could have an adult in the house with their three-year-old son while they shared a romantic evening at a nearby hotel. Of course, this favor was a duty most pleasant as I had the chance to hike with my sister and spend countless hours playing trucks, running races, imitating pirates and dancing the dragatusi (sometimes known as the dragon-tusi) with my nephew.
When his parents were away, that precocious young man had a nightmare, waking in tears. I rushed to comfort him, but he wanted his Daddy, asking me repeatedly where his father was. I assured him that Daddy was coming back the following day.
None of Andrew Breitbart’s relatives will be able to provide a similar assurance to his children. Today, we in the conservative movement mourn a man John Hinderaker called “irreplaceable“. But, our loss pales in comparison to his children’s. And his wife’s. One hopes, one prays, that she has the strength to comfort them in this trying time. And that she has relatives who can support her in the difficult task of raising children who have lost their father.
“He was kinetic,” wrote Michelle Malkin, “brash, relentless, full of fight, the bane of the Left, and a mentor to the next generation of right-wing activists and citizen journalists.” And a father to four children.
Other bloggers have talked about his contributions to the conservative movement, how in the words of one, he “lived large“, following “his own path” and doing what he thought to be right — “no matter whom it offended or how it affected his own personal bottom line.” Another called him “a friend and mentor“, with his family losing “a caring husband, a wonderful father and their center of gravity.”
Indeed, as yet another put it, he was not just “a brave warrior” and a “great guy”, but also a “committed family man.” And his family will feel his loss even more deeply than we do.
May he rest in peace and may the Holy One provide comfort to his family.