Sen. Flake and Ann Compton big winners of 70th Congressional Dinner

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeObama defeat is Schumer victory Top GOP chairmen investigating foreign visa program Pence rallies GOP before final stretch MORE (R-Ariz.) and Ann Compton were the big winners at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner.

Flake easily outperformed Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) in the yearly faceoff of speakers. The freshman senator cracked some good jokes on Mormonism, his No. 1 ranking on The Hill's 2013 "Most Beautiful" list and Carlos Danger — a.k.a. Anthony Weiner.

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 SebeliusRomney: Trump victory 'very possible' Fighting for assisted living facilities The chaotic fight for ObamaCare 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 ThuneFour states sue to stop internet transition GOP senators press Treasury to withdraw estate tax proposal Yahoo failed to prioritize security: report MORE (R-S.D.) noted he has been in Congress since the 1990s, or "John BoehnerJohn Boehner3 ways the next president can succeed on immigration reform Republican Study Committee elders back Harris for chairman Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare 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.