In honor of this week's Scripps National Spelling Bee, the Reliable Source asked members of Congress try their hand at spelling some of the contest's winning words. (JulieAnn McKellogg/The Washington Post)

In honor of the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee coming to the D.C. area this week, some brave members of Congress took a shot at spelling some of the contest’s winning words. With Dan Quayle’s “potato” incident seared in their minds, six lawmakers made a valiant effort spelling some unusual words with some peculiar spellings. It’s hard to top the young spell masters, who often spend weeks, months or years studying for the bee, but they tried. Check out the video to see how these lawmakers stack up against the National Spelling Bee champs.

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