Online politics is a young field — at 45, I’m often the oldest guy in the room, particularly when the grassroots organizers are running amok. So it’s a shock when we lose one of our own…we simply haven’t had to deal with the death of a colleague often. Today though, I learned that we’ve lost Xavier Lopez-Ayala, a true sweetheart of a man and a damn good digital organizer. I don’t have any details, but ultimately they don’t matter: Xavi’s gone, along with his dreams, and the world is darker for it. Rest In Peace, my friend…I’ll miss you, along with many, many others.