Political Animal


March 16, 2012 8:38 AM Their Own Alinsky

By Ed Kilgore

When at the top of an aggregation site I saw the headline (“Breitbart Is Here”) and byline (Sarah Palin), I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April Fool’s Day. No, that’s still two weeks away. But it’s almost too rich for description:

There is a new street art poster that’s being emailed around and will no doubt eventually be spotted on a street corner near you. It’s a gritty black and white image of Andrew Breitbart looking both battle-worn and ever vigilant with the caption: “BREITBART IS HERE.”
Those three words express the instant connection many of us feel for our fallen friend. They express our identification with him, and our need to continue his fight for the good of our republic.
With the death of Breitbart, the conservative movement didn’t just lose a General - we lost an entire Special Forces Division. But he didn’t leave us without the tools and the knowledge we need to fight. This website - Breitbart 2.0 - is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media.

OMG. Andrew Breitbart is the Right’s very own Alinksky.

Palin’s tribute to her fallen friend goes on and on, graph after ludicrous graph, predictably veering into her own victimization by the lamestream media in 2008, and the obvious superiority of her own record to Obama’s then and presumably now.

The Breitbart crowd has obviously found the perfect consumer for its idiotic forays into Obama’s sinister background of association with black people and support for improvement of this perfect nation (perfect except for its baffling, suicidal tolerance of liberals). A few days after suffering the terrible indignity of Game Change, Queen Esther of the Permafrost is clearly in a mood to share the pain.

The task may seem daunting, but a whole new generation of conservatives has been inspired. I’ve seen it first hand. When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!”
Yes, he is cool. And “Breitbart Is Here.”
Now let the vetting begin.

Not even Andrew Breitbart could have thought of anything as twisted as Sarah Palin becoming his hagiographer. It’s his final nasty little gift to us all.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • martin on March 16, 2012 8:49 AM:

    Hardly their own Alinsky. That would take, you know, thought.

    Maybe Going Breitbart can be the right wing of the 99% correllary to going Galt.

    Or they can all get Breitbart masks (marked by Palin, Inc. perhaps) to counter the Guy Falks masks at the Occupy demonstrations.

  • Danp on March 16, 2012 8:51 AM:

    I'm ready to start posting "Who is John Galt?" posters in hopes that Palin and friends will go off and start some kind of hippy commune near South Park.

  • pughdv on March 16, 2012 8:58 AM:

    Ed: Queen Esther of the Permafrost is good, but St Joan of the Tundra was better. Stronger rhythm.

  • nitpicker on March 16, 2012 9:09 AM:

    From Palin's article:

    Barack Obama and I both served in political office in states with a serious corruption problem. Though there is a big difference between serving as the CEO of a city, then a state, and regulating domestic energy resources, and being a liberal Community Organizer, bear with me on the comparison. The difference between my record and Barack Obama's is that I fought the corrupt political machine my entire career (and I have twenty years of scars to prove it) on the local, state, and national level.
    Obama's actual career:
    • 1992-2004: Civil rights attorney and constitutional law adjunct professor
    • 1997-2004: Illinois state senator
    • 2004-2008: US Senator
    • 2008-present: The f-ing president
    Palin's career: Mayor of town of 7,000, half-term governor, failed vice-presidential candidate. Period.

  • Hedda Peraz on March 16, 2012 9:14 AM:

    " I have twenty years of scars to prove it."
    -those scars were paid for by taxpayer dollars, and Rush Limbaugh want to SEE them. On teh internets. . .

  • Danp on March 16, 2012 9:21 AM:

    The difference between my record and Barack Obama's is that I fought the corrupt political machine my entire career

    ...and then quit midway through my first term under a cloud of ethical allegations.

  • Ron Byers on March 16, 2012 9:31 AM:

    Queen Esther of the Permafrost is on the wrong station. Her show needs to air on Comedy Central not Fox News. She is easily the best conservative comedy queen. No wonder Ann Coulter is dissing her. Ann is really feeling the competative pressure. There can't be two women filling the same conservative comedy gig.

    I would call what Queen Esther does parody, or maybe even self parody, but that would require awareness.

  • Anonymous on March 16, 2012 9:33 AM:

    This website - Breitbart 2.0 - is the culmination of his study of the technology and aesthetics of new media.

    Breitbart as the 21st Century's Marshall McLuhan? Please.

    He deserves Palin as his hagiographer.

  • Matt on March 16, 2012 9:41 AM:

    Would that unnamed aggregation site happen to be RealClearPolitics?

  • Shelly on March 16, 2012 9:44 AM:

    Ed, please stop calling Sarah Palin names. It is beneath you. It is beneath us. It is unnecessary. What Sarah Palin says and does should be firmly associated with Sarah Palin and not with some imaginary figure created to steer our opinions. Do you think I can't evaluate Sarah Palin without your snarky help? How insulting!

  • Trollop on March 16, 2012 9:49 AM:

    A Breitbart - Palin circle jerk! How awesome!

  • Jackson Braider on March 16, 2012 9:57 AM:

    I believe the Queen of the semi-Permafrost has been catching up on her Ayn Rand reading list. Fortunately for La Palin, the list is in alphabetical order, and so the first book is Atlas Shrugged. Now, I confess for the first time before the general public, I have read Atlas Shrugged. I did so many years ago and weed may have been involved. Just saying. I suspect that our crazy little Sarah is trying to paint Andrew Breitbart in John Galt colors. Who is John Galt? For the unwashed illiterati, Rand devotes some 50 pages to a pirated radio broadcast in which the man (and what a man is John Galt!) goes on and on and on about that elusive thing we tartly call "quality." Oh, and he smokes really terrific cigarettes. On the faux 50th anniversary of the broadcast event, I wanted to re-enact the broadcast. Sadly, there were no takers.

  • dbcooper on March 16, 2012 9:57 AM:

    Breitbart is here still dead.

    There, Sarah, fixed it for you.

  • Char on March 16, 2012 9:58 AM:

    Oh, man. The comments on that Brietbart site! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL for days...

    To Shelly - I completely agree that we shouldn't call Palin (or anyone) names, but I think Ed's treatment of her in this post is very tongue in cheek.

  • Al on March 16, 2012 10:01 AM:

    As usual the liberal chattering class never misses an opportunity to slander Governess Palin.

  • Bo on March 16, 2012 10:03 AM:

    Ed, please keep heaping scorn upon Failin' Palin with pet names. It is not beneath us. It is not unnecessary. It is just good clean fun and pay-back for a richly deserving dolt whose word salad has introduced so many "pet names" into the political arena . . . such as "death panels", "freedom-loving 'Mericans", "lamestream media", etc.

    The Pentacostal Pork-Barrel Princess of Wasilla IS an imaginary figure who was created to steer our opinions. Why else would Ailes have hired her at FoxSnooze? It is entirely appropriate to give the former half-term governor of Alaska as many "honorary titles" as you may wish.

  • NHCt on March 16, 2012 10:06 AM:

    Talk about fighting the last war. When you've been president the last three years, no one gives a rip who you hugged twenty years ago.

  • robert mcclellan on March 16, 2012 10:09 AM:

    I am not surprised that the queen of the grifters is plundering Breitbart’s body I am just surprised that she didn’t go to the funeral home and pose with the body.

  • Grumpy on March 16, 2012 10:11 AM:

    "Now let the vetting begin."

    Palin seems to be using the word "vetting" to mean mudslinging, most likely because the public vetting after her VP nomination uncovered so many unflattering facts (and a few lies) about her. This is sad for three reasons: first, vetting is necessary for any public official, and the problem with Palin's vetting is that it was botched by the McCain campaign, not that it happened at all; second, Palin rose to prominence by uncovering dirt about public officials ("fought the corrupt political machine"), so her only complaint about "vetting" is when it is aimed at her; and third, few media figures wer a more forceful advocates for destructive vetting than Andrew F'ing Breitbart.

  • Mustang Bobby on March 16, 2012 10:42 AM:

    I've seen that BREITBART IS HERE poster. It bears a striking resemblance to the CHE poster and t-shirt that was so popular with us counter-culture kidz in the 1970's. Coincidence?

  • 2Manchu on March 16, 2012 10:46 AM:

    "we lost an entire Special Forces Division."

    Army Special Forces are organized in Groups, not Divisions.

    Do conservatives always have to treat everything like it's a war?

  • Varecia on March 16, 2012 10:51 AM:

    "...When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!”..."

    And then when she heard Rick Santorum call single moms animalistic criminals, she turned to me and said, "Santorum is NOT COOL! At least not as cool as Breitbart!"

  • Steven on March 16, 2012 10:53 AM:

    I may not be the first, but Queen Esther of the Permafrost is very nice conceived nickname for Palin

    But this is the same situation as "Ricky" instead of Rick Santorum.

    Ricky was changed to Rick for the right reasons, I think Sarah Palin should bu used for the same reason.


  • exlibra on March 16, 2012 10:58 AM:

    So many perfect names, so little time. My own favourite is Hot Chick Quitter from Wasilla.

  • Russell Sadler on March 16, 2012 11:16 AM:

    We need to keep our metaphors straight.

    Breibart is not another Saul Alinsky.

    Breitbart is another Lee Atwater.

  • Anonymous on March 16, 2012 11:31 AM:

    All that horse-puck about honoring the dead..the "right" couldn't wait two weeks before using this mean-spirited bombast as a poster child for cynics.

    Truly nauseating.

    Perhaps the poster should have, in large futura font: "What me worry?" on it. I'd buy one.

  • stevio on March 16, 2012 11:32 AM:

    Poo. That's me maquerading as Anonymous. Mi dispiace...

  • Jim Treacher on March 16, 2012 11:35 AM:

    You poor dears. None of this is working out the way you'd hoped. It's wonderful.

  • kevo on March 16, 2012 11:42 AM:

    We ain't a hailing
    poor ol'Sarah Palin.

    Why no respect? you may ask
    Oh, it's her inglorious
    and toil-less, creepy task
    to excite and bore us
    while talking through her ass!

    So here she is
    talking up dead leaves
    and Breitbart.
    Oh, Sarah please,
    this victim thing - don't start!

    A patriotic Palin
    would immediately discern
    the good role she should play,
    cease her national yearn
    and simply go away! -Kevo

  • g on March 16, 2012 11:58 AM:

    "Vetting." She keeps saying that word. I do not think it means what she thinks it means.

  • g on March 16, 2012 12:03 PM:

    "When my daughter Bristol saw the video of Breitbart’s speech at a Tea Party rally in Madison, Wisconsin, she was fired up. She turned to me and said, “Breitbart is cool!”..."

    Explains a lot about Bristol and her taste in men.

  • Brian on March 16, 2012 12:11 PM:

    But, isn't Bristol Palin every bit the airhead that her mother is?

  • jim filyaw on March 16, 2012 12:24 PM:

    comparing breitbart to alinsky is the ultimate insult to alinsky. alinsky was brash, obnoxious, and driven, but he was also a man who loved his country. his efforts were intended to see that the least of its citizens got to enjoy its bounty. breitbart and his ilk love nothing more than themselves. the very thought of equity or fairness offends them. comparing breitbart to alinsky is like comparing pol pot to fdr.

  • Ron Byers on March 16, 2012 12:28 PM:


    Don't disrespect Bristol. She seems to have a good heart.

    I wonder how that happened given her family lineage.

  • hawiken on March 16, 2012 1:14 PM:

    The Al- Aska Martyr's Brigade.

  • smartalek on March 16, 2012 1:19 PM:

    "Do conservatives have to treat everything like it's war?"

    As your chosen example clearly demonstrates, they make an exception for actual wars.

  • meady on March 16, 2012 2:18 PM:

    I actually think the moniker of Queen Esther of the Permafrost is quite funny and had no issue with calling Santorum "Little Ricky". This is after all a blog not a news article. I do somewhat share Shelly's concern that the name-calling, however mild and harmless will eventually deterioate into something unacceptable within the comments.

  • Pat on March 16, 2012 3:33 PM:

    "Now let the vetting begin."

    She misspelled "vomiting."

  • zeitgeist on March 16, 2012 3:37 PM:

    The conspicuously unintelligent half-term governor (h/t Benen)is not Breitbart's hagiographer. At best, her ghostwriter is. Sarah coldn't use, much less spell, "aesthetics" even if it were part of the talent portion of the local beauty contest.

    And Jackson Braider, Sarah is fortunate her Rand collection is alphabetized as you say. Next she'll get to Anthem, essentially a childrens book, and a little more Sarah's speed.

  • Linkmeister on March 16, 2012 3:46 PM:

    I think the art is supposed to be an answer to all the Ché posters "the left" used to put up everywhere.

  • Anonymous on March 17, 2012 7:05 AM:

    Breitbart is here...

    Welcome to Forrest Lawn.