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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Some Thoughts On Death And Conservative Posturing

Ever since hearing of Teddy Kennedy's death, I have read hundreds of statements from conservatives claiming they have compasion and offer condolances en masse. I take great issue with this.

It's understandable that people will say "never speak ill of the dead". It shows a sign of compasion from people, but only if they practice it honestly. However, not everyone is compasionate as they claim to be. So when conservatives clamoured to be the first and loudest to claim they felt sorry for the loss within the Kennedy family, the stench of pretentious fakery abounded.

But then there's Andrew Breitbart.

The eternally disheveled and twitching mass of idiocy just couldn't play the game his other equally contemptable conservative compatriots were all to eager to perform in.

Early this morning, news broke that Sen. Ted Kennedy had passed away after serving in the U.S. Senate for nearly 50 years. Soon after, conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart began a sustained assault on Kennedy’s memory, tweeting “Rest in Chappaquiddick.”

Over the course of the next three hours, Breitbart unapologetically attacked Kennedy, calling him a “villain,” “a big ass motherf@#$er,” a “duplicitous bastard” and a “prick.” “I’ll shut my mouth for Carter. That’s just politics. Kennedy was a special pile of human excrement,” wrote Breitbart in one tweet.

More from Think Progress.

It's one thing to be a complete asshat like Breitbart, but it takes a special kind of filth to pretend to show compassion during a person's death, only to turn around some days or weeks later and trash the person.

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