I’ve had the Strawberry Alarm Clock in the back of my mind ever since watching the so-so pilot of the new TV drama Aquarius, starring David Duchovny as an old-school cop investigating a girl’s abduction (or seduction) into the Charlie Manson cult. There were several druggie party scenes that looked a lot like the video at the bottom of this page. Far out!

By sheer coincidence, Vincent Bugliosi, who actually prosecuted Manson and his minions in the Sharon Tate murder case and then wrote it all up in Helter Skelter, just died at the age of 80.

Here are some totally non-dosed midday news/views treats:

* New York Times peers into Marco Rubio’s history of shaky personal finances; hard to know if it would be a handicap in a general election battle with HRC.

* Fox News contributor Sarah Palin attacks “the media” for Duggar daughter interviews; Fox the only part of “media” that did so. Oops.

* National Journal‘s Tim Alberta thinks Ted Cruz is winning the primary inside the primary for (maybe) united “movement conservative” support.

* The Iowa Republican adjudges Rick Perry and Scott Walker the big winners in the weekend’s Joni Ernst Roast-n-Ride.

* Obama on brink of issuing new overtime rules that would raise pay for millions of Americans.

And in non-political news:

* If you always wondered why Disney closed its Treasure Island park in Orlando, you can scratch that itch a bit.

As we break for lunch, freak out with the Strawberry Alarm Clock performing “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” from the 1968 movie Psych-Out, starring Peter Fonda.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.