A Chance to Celebrate Capitol Collegiality

June 28, 2012
Roll Call

Democratic Rep. Mike Doyle dismissed the idea that partisan rancor from Thursday’s landmark agenda might bleed over into tonight’s baseball game.

Years of hyperpartisan warfare culminate Thursday in two of the most contentious events in Congressional history: the Supreme Court’s judgment on the Affordable Care Act and a House vote on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

But for institutionalists who remember a calmer, more familial atmosphere in Washington, Thursday also represents an increasingly rare moment to celebrate the fading atmosphere of bipartisan collegiality — the annual CQ Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

Hopefully, “it’s a way to work off some energy or frustration. Maybe our guys will swing at the ball a little harder,