Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeSenators move to protect 'Dreamers' Reid bids farewell to the Senate Reid defends relationship with McConnell in farewell speech MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ann Compton were the big winners at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner.
Edwards, meanwhile, started strong with a video spoof of the ABC show "Scandal." After that, it got a bit awkward as punchlines on spelling bees and Benghazi fell way short. We'd elaborate, but as they say, if you don't have anything nice to say, Tweet it.
Compton received a well-deserved standing ovation as she received the Washington Press Club Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her award-winner career, spent almost exclusively at ABC News, spanned seven presidents.
CNN's Brianna Keilar, the evening's master of ceremonies, shined. She poked fun at HHS Secretary Kathleen SebeliusKathleen SebeliusLeaked email: Podesta pushed Tom Steyer for Obama’s Cabinet Romney: Trump victory 'very possible' Fighting for assisted living facilities MORE, but her best material focused on Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who recently threatened to throw a reporter over a balcony.
She noted that Grimm, a former FBI official, offered to work security for Wednesday night's festivities. Keilar warned, however, against asking Grimm "follow-up questions."
Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneOvernight Tech: Last-ditch effort to get Dem FCC commish confirmed | Facebook's Sandberg on fake news | Microsoft completes LinkedIn deal FCC chairman willing to resign to get colleague confirmed Overnight Tech: AT&T, Time Warner CEOs defend merger before Congress | More tech execs join Trump team | Republican details path to undoing net neutrality MORE (R-S.D.) noted he has been in Congress since the 1990s, or "John BoehnerJohn BoehnerNetanyahu: 'No question' about Trump's support for Israel The Hill's 12:30 Report Boehner compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt MORE's light orange years." He also gave Flake grief over being on The Hill's "Most Beautiful" List.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also attracted laughs in a brief speech. She chided CNN, MSNBC, USA Today and even ObamaCare (!). But her best line was directed at Vice President Biden.
She said one of the things she misses most about being Speaker is sitting next to Biden at the State of the Union address, where for an entire hour, he doesn't say one word.