06/06/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

A Hole in the Hole

Wondering what happened to Douthat Watch (the Times published the second installment of Ross Douthat's efforts in the distinctly provisional online forum)?

You have to have very good eyes to see nothing.

The column, an embarrassingly vapid description of how the Republican Party needs a "center" but not one that involves any existing Republican centrists, is almost infinite regress. Douthat says nothing interesting about how nothing will solve the Republicans' problem of nothing to offer. I feel like I'm watching the old Seinfeld show.

So instead of an analysis of nothing, I offer the following question for us to discuss: What in the world did the New York Times think it was doing? Is this the frog that keeps jumping long after its brain function has stopped?