A long day with plenty to blog about, for the first time in a while. Keep it up, O ye generators of political news.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Pew finds that Republicans are anticipating midterm elections more than Winter Olympics or Super Bowl.

* U.S. gun sales in 2013 set new record. Great.

* Newt Gingrich looks at the sunny side of global warming, and suggests earth did okay in warmer “age of the dinosaurs.”

* Brian Schweitzer tells Dave Weigel that visiting all 99 Iowa counties is on his bucket list. Wonder what that could mean?

* At Ten Miles Square, Keith Humphreys examines a pharmaceutical company poll in Tennessee as a good example of how to cook results with skewed survey design.

And in non-political news:

* News many of you can really use: frostbite prevention and detection.

That’s it for Tuesday. Let’s sign off with Wayne Toups performing “Louisiana Bound.”

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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.