Political Animal


February 04, 2013 6:16 PM Day’s End and Night Watch

By Ed Kilgore

We’re into February now, and the political subjects we’re all talking about haven’t much changed at all, have they? As Edna St. Vincent Millay was reported to have said: “Life is not one thing after another; it’s the same damn thing over and over!”

Here are some remainders from today’s news and views:

* Peter Beinart suggests Chuck Hagel had the same kind of coaching Obama had prior to the first presidential debate of 2012.

* Sad: Fran Tarkenton (in truth a long-time Republican activist) joins the Phil Mickelson pity party even after Phil’s given it up himself.

* The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta provides the background about that Paul Harvey ode to the farmer that was featured in Ram Trucks Super Bowl ad.

* At Ten Miles Square, Matthew Kahn discusses Tom Edsall’s long essay on inequality.

* At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports on the operation of Godwin’s Law at an art show at Alabama’s Troy University.

And in non-political news:

* A semi-serious discussion about likelihood that Beyonce’s Super Bowl halftime show knocked out the power at the Superdome.

I originally thought of posting Bobby Bare performing “Dropkick Me Jesus” as one more tribute to the Super Bowl, but enough’s enough: Here’s Bobby singing his classic tribute to the many thousands of Tennessee and Kentucky migrants who trekked north to work in the auto industry: “Detroit City.”


Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • Joe Friday on February 04, 2013 7:04 PM:

    "A semi-serious discussion about likelihood that Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime show knocked out the power at the Superdome."

    NFL sez the entire half-time show was run off large on-site generators.

  • Russell aboard M/V Sunshine on February 04, 2013 7:54 PM:

    I have no sympathy with Mickelson. If the state and federal governments are really taking 60 percent of his gross income in taxes, the man needs a new accountant. Perhaps he could ask Mit Romney for a referral.

  • Bathrobespierre on February 04, 2013 7:56 PM:

    Edna St. Vincent Millay; Millary was Hillary's attic-kept sister over at the Rodham abode ;)

  • Shane Taylor on February 05, 2013 8:39 AM:

    Super Bowl or no, you don't need an excuse to post "Dropkick Me Jesus."