Opening Act: Barely A Fart

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Feb. 6 2013 8:19 AM

Opening Act: Barely A Fart

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Former Republican presidential candidate and current Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to the media at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on August 28, 2012 during the Republican National Convention.

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Jerry Brown gets the best of this inter-gubernatorial conflict.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

One day after Texas Gov. Rick Perry released a radio ad in California criticizing the Golden State's business climate and encouraging businesses to relocate to Texas, California Gov. Jerry Brown said today that Perry's campaign is "barely a fart."

Why does Perry think he's the best spokesman for a campaign like this? Two years ago, maybe, but that was before any word association game follows "Rick Perry" with "oops."

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Gay marriage marches on in Illinois, one of those states where Democrats run every branch of the government and can push this through in a hurry.

Sarah Kliff explains the health care portions of the CBO's new "we're doomed" report. On health care costs, we're less doomed!

Phil Klein argues that Republicans have the "upper hand" on sequestration replacement. (They passed their own replacement bill last year, and it died in the Senate—Democrats rejected the social services cuts. They never got credit for the foresight.)

Josh Rogin reports that Republicans want to delay the Hagel committee vote, seeking more of his post-Senate speeches and records—a standard tactic Democrats should have expected after Ted Cruz railed about it.

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David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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