The community organizer, of course, is Saul Alinsky. Breitbart's piece was devoted to revealing the insidious link between President Obama and the 1998
Chicago production of a play called "The Love Song of Saul Alinsky."
The connection was as follows: Obama agreed to participate in a panel discussion of the play after a performance. And wait until you hear about some
of the other people who also agreed to do that! One of them, Breitbart wrote, "worked with secret Communist and Soviet spy Lee Pressman to
support strikers at Republic Steel in Chicago in 1937." Another of them "worked closely with the Socialist Party in the 1950s, becoming president of
the local chapter of the Negro American Labor Council, an organization founded by Socialist Party leader A. Phillip Randolph."
And Barack Obama, only ten years before becoming president, was in the same theater as those people, on the same stage, having a discussion with them. Just to make sure you're
putting two and two together: Recall that one of these people, only 61 years earlier, had worked with someone who was a Communist and a spy!
With evidence this damning, no wonder the left-wing media had to engage in a coverup!
I'm not surprised that Bill Kristol is springing to the defense of someone who practiced McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics. The magazine Kristol
runs isn't exactly averse to them, as became clear during the "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy, when the Standard tried to smear Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.
But I am surprised by how fiercely some other conservatives, who have generally been above that sort of thing, defend Breitbart's legacy. I
mean, at a time when America's political discourse has been so venomous, was Andrew Breitbart really what the doctor ordered? A guy who, on the day Ted
Kennedy died, called Kennedy "a special pile of human excrement" and tweeted, "Rest in Chappaquiddick"?
I don't doubt that Breitbart's many conservative friends had reason to feel deep sorrow upon his death. People who knew him say he was genial and
endearing. Indeed, the Carr piece says Breitbart was happy to break bread with ideological adversaries; though he loved to berate lefty
protestors when the cameras were rolling, in one case he later "took some of them to dinner at Applebee's."
Commendable. But if Breitbart saw merit in cross-ideological communication, why did he work so hard to turn America's left and right into warring
tribes? And if he didn't like to give people ideological litmus tests before sitting down with them, why did he seem to want a world in which everyone in
public life has to be careful who they sit down with for fear that someone will later use that association to cheaply vilify them?