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A glimmer of political opportunity often shines in chaotic situations. For many, last week’s on-again/off-again deputization of the D.C. National Guard to patrol the U.S. Capitol grounds was a typical District snafu, delightful fodder for TV news. The activists of D.C. Vote, however, see the ruckus in quite another light. “As an anti-terrorism force,” says a press release sent out last Friday by the pro-District-voting-rights group, “the D.C. National Guard is equal to their counterparts in the Capitol Police, except that our guardsmen and women have no voting representation in Congress.” D.C. Vote Executive Director Amy Whitcomb Slemmer also noted, “I hope that every member of Congress pauses when they see a D.C. National Guardsman working to keep him or her safe.” D.C. Vote spokesperson Heidi Kotzian says that the group “will be talking with members [of Congress] with whom we have relationships” in an effort to follow up. Richard Byrne