Hmmm ... it occurs to me that the real-life equivalent of The Office's Dwight Schrute might not be Christopher Hitchens.
Schrute's real-life twin might be Newt Gingrich:
"You still don't get it, do you?" he asks....
"I'm going to tell you something, and whether or not it's plausible given the world you come out of is your problem," [Gingrich] tells Fortune. "I am not 'running' for president. I am seeking to create a movement to win the future by offering a series of solutions so compelling that if the American people say I have to be president, it will happen."
Same delusions of grandeur, right? Same sense of himself borne aloft by the hand of history? Same sneering contempt for those who don't share his vision?
And is the process of "creat[ing] a movement to win the future" anything like the process of building the Dwight Army of Champions?
(Quote via the Carpetbagger Report.)
Oh, and if you want a Newt Gingrich Presidential Campaign Drinking Game, this'll get you started: Every time Gingrich uses the phrase "change agent" during the primaries, all players have to drain their glasses. You may need to pick a designated driver.