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By on 2.25.10 | 9:07AM

I love this bit from Jonathan Chait's New Republic argument for why some Blue Dogs who voted "no" on the health care bill in November may want to consider flipping to "yes":

In 1994, Democrats had to wring some members to vote for the Clinton budget -- which reduced the deficit by reducing spending and raising taxes on upper-income households and was therefor unpopular. For the 218th vote, they got Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, a freshman Representative from a GOP-leaning district who had declared herself against the budget. Republicans -- who, naturally, were describing the Clinton budget as a radical left-wing big government power grab -- sang "Bye-bye Marjorie" on the House floor. (Mezvinsky did lose her seat, which she would have anyway, but she gained hero status and her son wound up marrying Chelsea Clinton. Vulnerable Dems with Sasha and Malia-aged sons who might like to be an Obama in-law might bear this in mind.)

When you care enough to give the very best (for a budget vote)...try Chelsea Clinton? Didn't David Schuster land in some hot water for saying this sort of thing a couple years back?

At any rate, this just shows how politically naive Scott Brown is--he offered his daughter up for nothing! Hey, Senator, keep those girls single! Who knows when you'll need a bikini-friendly bargaining chip! 

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