Jim Capozzola, an early political blogger and one of the originators of the progressive blogosphere, died yesterday. His essay, "Al Gore and the Alpha Girls" is not just an excellent piece of writing on its own terms, but probably counts as one of the key foundational texts of the whole enterprise. I imagine most people reading political blogs today weren't following them back in November 2002 when he wrote this and may not be familiar with his work at all. Go check it out.