It only took a tweet with a pic of his package to bring down the inopportunely named Rep. Anthony Weiner (D.-Sleaze). But the right-wing blogger and provocateur who leaked the image in the first place saw his star rise in direct relation to Weiner’s fall. Andrew Breitbart, the founder of BigGovernment.com, is now on full-time Weiner patrol, and he’s spending a lot of time looking into Weiner’s crotch.
Breitbart says that he is publicizing Weiner’s shenanigans “to save his family.” He also says he has plenty more photos of Weiner, but “we will not be releasing all of the material because some of it is of an extreme, graphic nature.” Somehow, we imagine that, one way or another, those photos will somehow find themselves online soon enough. Whatever happens, Breitbart will be able to claim another liberal scalp, just as he did when he helped bring down ACORN in 2009.
Breitbart began his blogging career, in his own words, as “Matt Drudge’s bitch,” a title for which there is probably not much competition. After graduating from the Drudge Report, he launched his own website, which has spawned five other satellite sites covering everything from Hollywood to foreign affairs. The sites are a right-wing wet dream, with conspiracy theories, attacks on the mainstream media and rants on the perfidy of liberals.
Breitbart displays standard-order disdain for gay activitists, but he isn’t the reflexive gay basher that many of his readers likely are. He’s a member of the advisory council of GOProud, the gay conservative Republican group (kind of the platypus of organizations—unlikely in theory, but still, it exists). At the Conservative Politcal Action Conference, the big right-wing jamboree, this year, Breitbart announced that he was throwing “a big ‘ol gay party,” so that he could “indulge in my all ’80s Depeche Mode, Cure, New Order fetish.”
And yes, we know what you’re thinking. Breitbart says he has “a ton of wonderful gay friends – even ones ‘married’ and with children… I’m – as the MTV generation says – ‘gay-friendly.’” (The quotation marks around married are a nice touch, though.) But gay, he is not. He’s married with four children. Get that? He has even managed to make sport of speculation about his own orientation. On two of his websites, the suggestion has been addressed head on, to be denied. One contributor even posted an article that started with the premise that Breitbart sounds gay when he talks. Somehow that devolved into an attack on “leftwing gay politicos” (and you know who you are).
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore
UPDATE: Fixed typo in first sentence that made it unreadable.