Displaying a solid lack of fundamentals โ€” on the field โ€” the Democrats somehow managed to beat the Republicans โ€” again, field. The annual charity game was filled with terrible smack talk and muffed grounder after muffed grounder.

When all was said โ€” like, "It's one of the best things we do in Congress"*โ€” the Dems had prevailed 13-5. They'd knocked around Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) โ€” still, on the field โ€” during the fifth inning, which is a fitting fate for the man that kinda-sorta tried to hide the whole Mark Foley-emailing-pages thing, and by the end they'd reduced the Republicans to running futilely to their base. On the field, I mean.

* Said by Brian Baird (D-Wash.). Filed under: "You Don't Know How Right You Are"

Congressional baseball game video [Washington Post]