congressional shenanigans

some positive things in light of today’s attack:

  • Rep. Barton’s 10-year-old son was at the practice; when gunshots were heard the other congressmen instinctively pulled him into the dugout and hid him beneath a bench to keep the boy safe
  • three Capitol Police officers prevented even more casualties
  • Rep. Wenstrup, an Army Reserve combat surgeon, gave Rep. Scalise medical attention and stayed with him until medics arrived
  • Sen. Flake took Rep. Scalise’s phone and called his wife so that she wouldn’t hear about it from the media
  • Rep. Mo Brooks ran to the first base dugout and used his belt as a tourniquet on a congressional staffer who was shot in the leg
  • the Democratic baseball team is hosting the GOP team for dinner tonight
  • the 108-year-old traditional bipartisan charity game is going forward tomorrow as scheduled