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Bless His Pointed Little Head

Y’know, one of the reasons I treasure my friend Josh Marshall is that he’s willing to trade a bit of his popularity now and then for the opportunity to indulge in a bit of pointy-headed esoterica. Sure, he spends most of his time down in the trenches raking the muck and correcting the record and agitpropping with the best of them. But today, in a post on James Baker’s selection by George W. Bush to lead a “fact-finding” tour of Iraq, Josh manages to work in references to both Karl Marx’s The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s theory of “eternal recurrence.”Kinda reminds me of the scene from Fearing and Loathing on the Campaign Trail when a McGovern staffer in Nebraska quoted Virgil to Hunter Thompson, leading Thompson to wonder for a moment if Virgil was the advance man for Scotts Bluff.Best I can muster in tribute to Josh’s virtuosity is a reference in the title of this post to a relatively obscure Jefferson Airplane album.

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