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THE CLOSER - GOP crypt-keeper Reince Priebus


"Where will you run; if there is no world of your own? And you know that no one will ever miss you; when you're finally gone"" --"A Sign of the Ages," by Gil Scot-Heron


The buzzards had been circling long before GOP crypt-keeper Reince Priebus and the Republicans finally reached the startling conclusion that their Party was doing a bit of circling of its own -- down the drain -- and that an autopsy of its brain-dead anatomy was in order. Perhaps they were too focused on reclaiming the White House at any cost. Thus, they failed to notice the little things -- like Frank Luntz's specialized, focus-group-tested code jargon being just so much furrow-browed psycho-linguistics to contemporary political cognition. Or even worse, the big things -- like the fact that Dean Chambers ' screwy "unskewed" polling were as chaotic to the senses as a visit to Sierra Leone in the '90's.

Indeed, there had been many non-political science/history types -- I among them -- who for quite some time have seen in the Republican Party what the Doomsday Preppers see in society at large. Others warned that the GOP was a steadily decomposing, multi-headed Cyclops rotting on a downward angle. They spoke of its drift away from the astute political wisdom of the David Frums and George Wills toward the philosophical waywardness of the Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks. There was talk of a politically narrow future at best for the GOP; 0f a regional Party of state governors and legislators, city councilors and town clerks sustained by gerrymandering districts into formations that resemble the works of Picasso during his cubism stage.



And that's a best case scenario.


In fact, shortly after John McCain lost to Barack Obama in 2008, yours truly made assertions about the bubble-headed idolatry bestowed upon the relatively unknown Sarah Palin that lofted the GOP, its base and Palin herself into the political stratosphere beginning the moment she was announced as McCain's running mate .

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Anthony Barnes, of Boston, Massachusetts, is a left-handed leftist. "When I was a young man, I wanted to change the world. I found it was difficult to change the world, so I tried to change my nation. When I found I couldn't change the (more...)

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