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Finding Sanctuary in the Stadium

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With plenty of weekend and evening home games, Hill staffers and Members have many chances to cheer on the Washington Nationals from the bleachers.

After a few innings of fly balls and salty peanuts, Members and staffers will remember normal life and forget politics. 

They may even feel confident enough to sit with their colleagues from across the aisle, as if they were listening to the State of the Union address. 

In October 2010, for example, in the middle of heated campaigns just before the elections, Nathan Daschle, then-executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, and Nick Ayers, then-executive director of the Republican Governors Association, attended a Nationals game together, according to Joanna Comfort, the Nationalsí senior communications manager.

Comfort hopes the stadium can be a sanctuary for bickering Republicans and Democrats, a place they can go and sit together as friends.

That might be wishful thinking, but even if itís possible, staffers should leave the political talk at the entrance, at least for a few innings.

For more information about Nationals games and for a full season schedule, visit nationals.mlb.com

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