At the Raccoon Inn, we covered the death of PC David Rathband.
But there was another sudden death yesterday – Andrew Breitbart, a US Conservative blogger-campaigner, who had worked for Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington in the past, before starting his own operation.
Breitbart was 43.
I don’t usually follow American politics in great detail, but there was one incident I want to remember, and I’m a little surprised that no one has reposted the video.
This was when Senator Anthony Weiner had been tweeting pics of his gorgeous manhood to a young lady, as some do, using his personal twitter account (idiot, for that alone), and did it publicly by mistake. Breitbart caught the picture, and events lead to Weiner lying about what he’d done, then falling on his political sword.
How many British politicians have we seen embarrassed when they don’t put strong enough firewalls when they start using Twitter, to prevent them causing themselves unintended embarrassment?
Sion Simon, anyone?
Breitbart breezed into Weiner’s own press conference, and held court before the audience who were supposed to be listening to Weiner’s account.
Before that he had done more than his fare share of deception and political mugging., and I haven’t had a lot of time for Breitbart’s poke-’em-in-the eye political tactics, if necessary creating an artificial eye first, but this is brilliant opportunism.