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Congress team, in wake of defeat, vows comeback

Congressional Women's softball players give a cheer before the game. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

The dust had barely settled after the annual Congressional Women’s Softball game (Okay, it was played on artificial turf, but still...), and the team made up of lawmakers was already plotting a comeback.

“We’ll be back next year, so we can take that trophy back,” predicted Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, one of the team’s captains and co-founder of the charity game benefitting young breast cancer victims. On the House floor Thursday, the Florida Democrat congratulated (though “not too enthusiastically,” she cautioned) the team of journalists that beat them.

More cheerfully, she announced the game had raised more than $50,000 for the Young Survival Coalition. And she vowed that the bipartisan team would “use the friendships we build on the field and take those into the chamber so we can work together on the problems facing our country.”

But despite her predictions, early scouting reports for next year show some grim news for the lawmakers: Some of their best players might not be there when the Lady Lawmakers seek their revenge. Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) — an avid marathon runner who’s speedy around the plates — lost her primary. And hot bats Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) and Rep. Kathy Hochul (D-N.Y.) are facing tough reelections.

Alas, with job security in the media industry being what it is, the Bad News Babes roster could always winnow, too...

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.


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