With barely time to process the horror, those same lawmakers, staffers and Capitol Hill police officers are on yet another baseball field Thursday night for the annual charity congressional baseball game. They're still playing as Republicans vs. Democrats, but at least for one evening, that's not the point.
President Trump delivered a video announcement to the fuller-than-usual stadium at Nationals Park offering words of unity and prayers. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gave their first-ever joint interview during the game to CNN. Both were wearing LSU gear as a nod to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), who underwent his second major surgery and is still in critical condition after being shot in the hip, then dragging himself, bloodied, across the field to get away from the shooter.
The Senate's top Republican and Democrat, Mitch McConnell and Charles E. Schumer, also stood side by side to talk to CNN.
Perhaps the most touching moment came before the game, when lawmakers from the Republican and Democratic teams put their arms around each other, knelt down near second base, which is the base Scalise was playing when he was shot, and prayed together. Keep an eye out in the video above for some of the lawmakers who are on crutches, like Rep. Roger Williams (R-Tex.) in the TCU jersey (Go Frogs!). He hurt his ankle Wednesday when he dived head first into the concrete of the dugout. His staffer, Zach Barth, was shot in the leg and was back at work Thursday and also at the game.
Anyway. The moment is worth the 60+ seconds to watch, if only for a brief respite from the everyday enmity in Washington and Wednesday's horror at a baseball park just outside of it.
For one minute, Congress stopped being Congress and was just a group of people sharing emotions after a very tough week.