Opening Act: M-!-C-H-!-G-A-N!

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Dec. 7 2012 9:32 AM

Opening Act: M-!-C-H-!-G-A-N!

The biggest story of yesterday was Michigan's surprise rushed vote on right-to-work. Because an appropriation was attached to the bill, it can't be overturned by voters in a ballot measure. These dudes learn faster than Ultron.

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Beth Reinhard asks why Marco Rubio's PAC spent so little -- 4.6 percent of its haul -- on candidates. I actually find the Rubio spin pretty convincing.

Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said that the PAC helped the senator do more than 100 events for Republican candidates this year, including 60 events for presidential nominee Mitt Romney. “The majority of the events were fundraisers where Senator Rubio raised hundreds of thousands of dollars directly for the campaigns,” Conant wrote in an e-mail. “Every penny the PAC spends is to further its mission of electing more conservatives.” He said that Rubio was not available for an interview.
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Really, what's more valuable for some House or Senate candidate? Another chunk of change for a TV ad that'll get lost in the deluge? Or an A1 story about the Marco Rubio visit? I'd take the Rubio visit.

Brian Beutler aptly explains Thursday's Mitch McConnell #fail.

Billy House has some fun reporting on the "oust Boehner" cause, which seems to be an exercise in list-building.

And be nice, and vote on the best pundit prediction of 2012. The long lead time of the Tomasky prediction gives it the advantage, but that's just my opinion.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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