The Nossiter Net
The net that shall enmesh them all
Edited, Written, and Published by Josh Nossiter
The GOP: What To Do?
Saturday, July 18th, 2009
I weary of reading about Republican soul searching.
Who are we, and where are we going, and how do we
get there, and so on. The party of Palin and Vitter,
Sanford and Craig, Duke and Lieberman has lost its
way. Pundits everywhere are trying to help find it again.
Here's news for the pundits: don't bother. If the
Republicans really want to claw their way back to
power, all they have to do is – nothing. Oh sure,
maintain the full schedule of fundraising. The black tie
dinners and speeches by Cheney to audiences of the
full-walleted must continue unabated. But otherwise,
Republicans can gain ground by sitting on their hands
and shutting up.
Because every time a Republican opens its mouth, the
party loses more ground. The spectacle of wrinkled
blow-dried Pillsbury doughboys trying to get a rise out
of Sotomayor last week was unseemly. The fiesta of
facial flatulence, led by the deeply unappetizing Lindsey
Graham and Jeff Sessions, signified nothing and lacked
even sound and fury. Palin and Sanford vied for the
title of dimmest-witted of 2009 with competing press
conferences at which incoherence vied with solipsism.
And though joined by the usual misguided Democrats
and of course the hermaphroditic Lieberman, the GOP-
led gang of six, announcing a health care program
consisting entirely of obstructionism, made for a
depressing show. The Republicans made no new
friends on any of these occasions and probably turned
off some of their own faithful.
But it doesn't matter. Unemployment ratchets up.
Goldman and Morgan announce huge profits on the
backs of the taxpayers who bailed them out. More
casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan, the wars without
end. More foreclosures, homelessness, cuts in state
services. The long hot summer rolls on towards a very
likely winter of severe discontent. With the Democrats
temporizing and conciliating their way to electoral
disaster, all the Republicans have to do is be seen as
little as possible and heard from not at all. They can
take their cue from the time-dishonored strategy of the
French army: the GOP needs but retreat in order to
©Joshua C. Nossiter, 2009
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A NOTE TO READERS ***Update***
Another three week plus hiatus, from April 30th until May 23rd, again
due to Yahoo Geocities dismal service.
There was nothing new at The Nossiter Net between March 3rd and
April 26th, 2007, nearly eight weeks. The reason: tech sabotage.
Yahoo Geocities, the host for this site, denied access for the entire
period. At one point, they even managed to lose all the files. In many
discussions with Yahoo staff, no clear explanation was forthcoming.
No one seemed able to fix the problem. Ruling out the possibility of
Dubbya’s revenge, I finally wrote to Mr. Terry Semel, Chairman and
CEO of Yahoo! Inc and described the ordeal the page had undergone
since the beginning of March. A week later, a helpful Yahooo engineer
named Jason called. He had my letter before him. Though he couldn’t
do the repairs on on the spot, he promised a fix by the next day. That
was April 26th, nearly two months after shutting me down in the first
The Nossiter Net apologizes, which is more than I can say for Yahoo
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