There’s little time for more questions, since the event is about to become a cocktail party. But first, a quick announcement: The best way to honor Breitbart isn’t to get wasted, although that’s one legitimate route; the best way to honor Breitbart is to attend a special event on Saturday called “The Uninvited,” featuring speakers who deliberately weren’t invited to CPAC.
Solov, who has an uncanny resemblance to Willem Dafoe, says this is truly Breitbartian — the event will feature Michael Mukasey on civilization and jihad, Peter Schweizer on crony capitalism, Daniel Goure of the Lexington Institute, Rosemary Jenks on alternatives to immigration amnesty, Nina Shea on the persecution of Christians, Frank Gaffney on America’s impending denuclearization, Rob Spencer of Jihadwatch.org, and Pam Geller.
“This is gonna be a cage match,” says Steve Bannon, one of the panelists, and a longtime Breitbart friend. The audience is pumped.
“Let’s honor Breitbart the right way!” crows a young guy sitting behind me as the reception starts. But booze doesn’t deter the seemingly unending line of people who want to talk to the panelists on stage. An artist hands Solov a plastic bag of what looks like prints, and Solov waves down Jon David Kahn, whose official title with the Breitbart network is Minister of Culture, to talk with her.
“You’re gonna get in trouble, aren’t you?” says a nearby woman to Bannon, grinning. It sounds like she’s referring to their surprise panel.
“Sure!” he retorts. “That’s Breitbart. You’re not getting in trouble? You’re not having fun.”
Two women approach the stage, and one asks Darby if he’ll sign her chest, pulling her shirt down a bit. He plays along, nodding and putting the end of a pen in his mouth. The women laugh, but they’re serious about getting their forearms signed. He obliges. “I’m never washing it again,” one of them says, admiring the signature.
One would imagine she’s not the only person with a body part signed by a Breitbart acolyte. Breitbart and his merry band may be wistful, but they carry their late friend’s sense of humor, as well as his entrepreneurial spirit.
“Each of us here kind of brings a part of him back,” says Matt Boyle, a reporter for Breitbart News Network. The same can be said for the hundreds of CPAC attendees who huddled in these rooms.
— Betsy Woodruff is an NRO reporter.