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.”

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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.