After five rounds of intense trivia, jokes and a few beer breaks, the Press Pass team claimed victory at our Fifth Annual Political Pursuit event.
Roll Call's Shira Toeplitz, Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, New York Times' Carl Hulse, Washington Post's Paul Kane and Cook Political Report's Amy Walter all walked home with Genius Trophies, after garnering an astounding 285 points. The Hotline Insiders team wasn't far behind with 260, and the Members Only team came in a solid third place with 173 points.
"We crushed," said Walter. "You know what it really came down to? ... It's a victory for ... ink-stained wretches. It was for them. Old media. It was [an] old media victory."
Toeplitz pointed out that the team likely has a combined 80 years worth of experiencing covering Capitol Hill and that many of the questions were about Congress. Cillizza noted that the Press Pass team won the last time he played as well, two years ago. "I'm pulling a Costanza and retiring from the competition," he said.
The audience awarded Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., the coveted Tom Davis award, for the MVP of the evening, through a Twitter vote. Former Rep. Tom Davis, R-Va., noted that his namesake award had been given to the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, while he himself is a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. "This signals a new era of bipartisanship in DC -- at least for a night," he said afterwards.
Israel didn't seem to feel the same way during the competition, however. Told that Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., holds the easternmost district of any House Republican (Democratic Rep. Mike Michaud's Maine district stretches farthest east overall), Israel quipped: "Not for long."
Davis, who has attended all five Political Pursuit events, was a ringer for the Hotline Insiders team, naming all seven Democrats who have represented Alaska and Republicans who have represented Hawaii with hardly a pause. He was, however, precluded from winning his own award. "When Tom Davis couldn't name all 59 members who won a special election, I felt like he really let his team down," Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., joked.
Hudson got the biggest laughs of the night, however, during gameplay. Asked which member of Congress has a unit of measure named after him, Hudson interrupted, without missing a beat, "Anthony Weiner?"
Overall, it was another successful Political Pursuit. Thanks to all of our competitors:
Members Only: Reps. Rush Holt, D-N.J., John Yarmuth, D-Ky., Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif, Israel and Hudson.
Hotline Insiders: The Polling Company's Kellyanne Conway, Purple Strategies' Margie Omero, SKDKnickerbocker's Doug Thornell, the Winston Group's David Winston and Davis.
Press Pass: Hulse, Kane, Walter, Toeplitz and Cillizza.