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Community should respond to Yost

To watch Mr. Yost’s columns go from cheerleading the GOP abasement to its Tea Party and Constitution Party factions (October 12, 2010), naively hoping that the party would follow through on some — or any — of the tough and often painful actions demanded by the new popular hardline ideology (take your pick, but let’s use November 19, 2010), then bemoaning the predicament in which the party finds itself (January 12, 2011) mere days after the new House has been sworn in warms the cockles of my heart. It has been a far more enjoyable read than the columnists in the Wall Street Journal.

In brief, Yost grumbles that of the party’s three rising stars, the Tea Party has declared two not socially conservative enough (as is Mitt Romney) and the other is so wrapped in reactionary rhetoric that he wouldn’t appeal to anyone but his own base (as would Mike Huckabee). Palin is begrudgingly mentioned in passing. Left unsaid is that the Tea Party has kept her star burning brightly at the forefront of national politics, and now both star and rabble are more interested in the sound of their own voices than electioneering, much less governing.

Universities usually serve for the most unbridled of ideologies to be heard and debated by peers. I applaud Mr. Yost and The Tech for providing the former, and regret that the MIT community can’t provide the latter. It may have made him think he’s right.

Therefore I suggest that Mr. Yost apply the other great lesson we get from college: The morning after a bender, tea-fueled or otherwise, grab your pants, offer it breakfast, and change your number.

Brian Loux ’04

Editor’s Note: Brian Loux is a former Editor in Chief of The Tech.