Paul Weyrich, RIP

posted at 9:15 am on December 18, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Conservative leader Paul Weyrich passed away today at 66.  My friend Rob Bluey has the tribute at Heritage Foundation:

Paul M. Weyrich, chairman and CEO of the Free Congress Foundation and first president of The Heritage Foundation, died this morning around 1 a.m. He was 66 years old. Weyrich was a good friend to many of us at Heritage, a true leader and a man of unbending principle. He won Heritage’s prestigious Clare Boothe Luce Award in 2005.

Weyrich will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, including son Steve, who currently works at Heritage.

Weyrich began his career in Wisconsin, where he led the Young Republican chapter in Racine while attending the University of Wisconsin.  He became a political reporter after graduation, but quickly became involved in political action instead.  Weyrich worked as press secretary for Republican Senator Gordon Allott of Colorado, but wanted to work on public policy. He joined with Ed Fuelner to create Heritage Foundation, and a year later launched the Committee for the Survival of a Free Congress.

He spent four decades as an uncompromising and often controversial figure in American politics, fighting for conservatism and helping to expand its intellectual base.  He will indeed be missed, but his work in establishing Heritage has helped launch thousands of conservative activists who will carry on his work.


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I love the Heritage Foundation.

Great legacy.

R.I.P.

ex-Democrat on December 18, 2008 at 9:19 AM

RIP

Mr. Bingley on December 18, 2008 at 9:20 AM

His work was important and he will be missed.
Godspeed.

AZCoyote on December 18, 2008 at 9:21 AM

What the heck? Was he sick?

Jaibones on December 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

E gads! From what? So sorry.

Akzed on December 18, 2008 at 9:25 AM

RIP. Great loss and great legacy.

petefrt on December 18, 2008 at 9:27 AM

He spent four decades as an uncompromising and often controversial figure in American politics, fighting for conservatism and helping to expand its intellectual base.

This is the mistake everyone makes: Conservatism is not controversial liberalism is. Wish we had a dozen more just like him, but he leaves a great legacy.

Tommy_G on December 18, 2008 at 9:29 AM

Mr. Weyrich, R.I.P.

Branch Rickey on December 18, 2008 at 9:29 AM

What the heck? Was he sick?

Jaibones on December 18, 2008 at 9:22 AM

+1

Bummer.

toliver on December 18, 2008 at 9:36 AM

RIP, Paul.

JammieWearingFool on December 18, 2008 at 9:39 AM

Perhaps his last column, as usual, spot on:http://tinyurl.com/52chsv
I had an email conversation with him about 8 years ago when he said that Jesse Ventura was a libertarian. I emailed him to say that talk show guest Jesse was quite different than Gov Jesse. That because he didn’t call himself Democrat or a Republican didn’t make him a libertarian.
It was an interesting email exchange.
Another one of those to whom we owe much.
My sympathies and condolences to his family.

Amendment X on December 18, 2008 at 9:42 AM

RIP. We will miss him.

Mr. Joe on December 18, 2008 at 9:49 AM

Wow, only 66. I remember when he had a tv show.

I predict some serious grave dancing on the left. Just as the sun will rise in the east.

Tony737 on December 18, 2008 at 9:51 AM

So young.

Alas!

Bob's Kid on December 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM

So young.

Bob’s Kid on December 18, 2008 at 9:57 AM

“Only the good….”

RegularJoe on December 18, 2008 at 10:02 AM

RIP. My condolences to his family.

rbj on December 18, 2008 at 10:15 AM

I got a feeling Mr.Weyrich heard the phrase “welcome, good and faithful servant” sometime in the past few hours.

Dark-Star on December 18, 2008 at 10:24 AM

Sammy Baugh and now Weyrich…

RIP.

benrand on December 18, 2008 at 10:26 AM

God bless this great Conservative and accept him “home”…

Mark Garnett on December 18, 2008 at 10:33 AM

All Consev. owe this man alot.He was here fighting for us even before Rush. (RIP)

thmcbb on December 18, 2008 at 10:35 AM

We’re losing all the good ones … RIP.

Condolences to his family.

tarpon on December 18, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Our prayers are with his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace

Guest1.1 on December 18, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Eternal memory.

manwithblackhat on December 18, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Met him at a few Heritage dinners in the ’80s. A good man.

Charles Martel on December 18, 2008 at 11:25 AM

My dad is still POed about the people like Weyrich who torpedoed John Tower’s nomination for SecDef. Dad was a conservative Texas Dem at the time (now he’s a Repub). He really liked Tower and thought he was treated horribly.

Anyway, I’m sure Weyrich was doing what he thought was right, and he was an effective leader in many ways. May he rest in peace.

juliesa on December 18, 2008 at 11:33 AM

Yes, he was ill. He’d been in a wheelchair for a number of years, and I believe had his legs amputated recently as well. Not sure about the nature of the illness or injury, however.

As a Wisconsin grad myself, and one who had been involved in our small, but vocal campus conservative groups, he will be sorely missed.

alflauren on December 18, 2008 at 1:14 PM

What did he die of? I hope I pass away before having to deal with amputations due to disease at an old age.

bayam on December 18, 2008 at 1:47 PM

I love the Heritage Foundation.

Great legacy.

R.I.P.

ex-Democrat on December 18, 2008 at 9:19 AM

I agree. Weyrich was admirable in so many ways. His pioneering work at The Heritage Foundation is a long-lasting gift to conservatism.

onlineanalyst on December 18, 2008 at 4:22 PM

A truly great conservative is lost. It must have been hard for him to watch the destruction of the GOP and the conservative movement in the last ten plus years after all the effort he made to spread the conservative ideology.

lowandslow on December 18, 2008 at 9:11 PM