My Interview with's Brandon Darby


From time to time I do a feature at Townhall called the De Pasquale’s Dozen.  I ask free-market minded writers, politicians and entertainers to talk about their non-political interests and pop culture obsessions.  My inspiration, Andrew Breitbart:

I’ve mentioned in several previous columns that Andrew Breitbart inspired these questions after a long conversation we had about the movie Grandma’s Boy. Coincidentally, the last time I saw Breitbart, I was able to meet Allen Covert, the star, co-writer and co-producer of Grandma’s Boy.

Today’s feature was with Breitbart favorite, Brandon Darby.  

1. What’s your favorite movie line and who would you like to say it to?

I like a line from Dirty Dancing a lot. Otis was playing in the background and baby tells Johnny: “Most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” I’d say that to Katie Pavlich.

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life.

My favorite teacher was a 6th grade history teacher named Ms. Reed. She didn’t like me at first and I gave her hell. She would turn history into these amazing personal stories and she was full of passion when she talked about them. She talked about the importance of speaking up in our nation. History was never boring to me because of the way she introduced me to it, how she taught me to look at it and relate to the characters. She ended up liking me. I still remember her.

3. If you could be paid to do anything besides your current job, what would it be?

I spent years working really hard at one thing just to be able to do after work what I now do for work. Now I make a living doing my passion. It’s difficult to imagine doing anything else. Maybe I would like to ranch and farm, but I’d still do what I do as well.

4. Tell me about a public or private moment when you thought to yourself, “This is what Elvis felt like every day.”

I thought that when I was testifying in a terrorism trial. I had to have people all around me to protect me and I couldn’t go anywhere without people freaking out. I didn’t care for it at all, I didn’t like being such a spectacle, and it was horrible but interesting.

Read the whole interview here.