By Bob Cusack
Sen. Jeff Flake (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 Sebelius, 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 Thune (R-S.D.) noted he has been in Congress since the 1990s, or "John Boehner'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.