Kathryn Lopez

But it's no game for this relatively young father of four, the youngest child named for National Review's -- and conservatism's -- founding father, William F. Buckley Jr. In the acknowledgements to Breitbart's book, you see the author's true motivation: "Too many people fought to create this country" for us "to squander it in a generation. I cannot stand on the sidelines as you and your generations are being handed the tab."

And though Breitbart never consciously expected to be a member, like many Americans who became more fully engaged in politics last year, he has joined the ranks of the tea party. Perhaps you'd describe him as angry, but he's more accurately captured as determined and invested, with a flair for motivational speaking and the thick skin of a public figure who has taken more than his share of nasty attacks.

"I am optimistic that the Tea Party movement is reflective of a greater American sentiment that needs to try at least to save what is good and decent about the American experience," he says, in a characteristic statement.

Breitbart's not running for anything, he's just working to win, stakes bigger than any one campaign. But what he brings to the table is a substantive version of what people are responding to in Trump. He's not shy and he doesn't surrender. And, as he lends his generous support to a number of players and soldiers in the effort to recapture America, he doesn't crave credit, only victory.

And that, my friends, is a key ingredient to defeating the Obama reelection effort in 2012.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.