Taking Them Out To the Ball Game

Working as they do in the high-pressure, highly politicized atmosphere of the U.S.?Capitol, it is easy for members of Congress to dislike those with whom they disagree. It becomes much harder to do that, we suspect, if you’ve spent an evening together at a baseball game.

Something about baseball, in comparison to other sports such as football and basketball, lends itself to the relaxed atmosphere absent on Capitol Hill. That may have been the thinking behind what seems to be becoming a tradition for lawmakers.

The second annual Congressional Night with the Nationals Bipartisan Baseball Game is scheduled for Tuesday. Lawmakers will spend an evening at Nationals Park in Washington, taking in a game between the home team and the Cincinnati Reds.

U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., will be hosting the event, along with Reps. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.; Jeff Denham, R-Calif.; and Grace Napolitano, D-Calif. McKinley helped set up the outing last year.

It is an excellent idea, for which McKinley and others responsible deserve great credit. Will it be a home run in terms of curbing bipartisan bickering?

Probably not. But whatever progress is made in building relationships will be better than the strikeouts so often seen in Congress.