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Wanted: CSPAN “BTU” footage

By on 6.26.09 | 9:18AM

OK, here's a challenge: who among you are are better and/or more able at the moment to dig around, find and rip that great CSPAN moment from 16 years ago this month of freshman Rep. Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky ("'3M'...but 1 term"), skulking back down into the House chamber to change her vote after White House pressure, tearfully marching out to a chorus of the Republicans calling out "Bye, Marjie!"?

They were right. She and 40 or so of her colleagues soon, er, committed to spend more time with their families, and Al Gore told the Financial Times that this vote cost the Dems control of Congress.

The House Rs did manage to produce a different video which as of this check has gotten some legs, and at least has crept up into the low thousands of views. The 3M show on BTU, in my opinion, would garner many many more but needs only to be seen by about ten: if viewed in a handful of Blue Dog offices would spell a quick end to today's vote on the biggest tax increase in U.S. history, a "global warming tax" that is BTU's successor, if on a scale so grand that it makes BTU look like a tax cut.

There's a little time left. Let's refresh some memories.

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