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Sen. Jeff Flake, left, walks with Rep. Ryan Costello, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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This is not a game

Sen. Jeff Flake, left, walks with Rep. Ryan Costello, before the Congressional baseball game, Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Last week we had that uplifting moment when both parties came together to condemn the attempted assassination of Republican members of Congress.

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There was an outbreak of sportsmanship — Democrats and Republicans shaking hands like ordinary human beings — and it felt good.

I heard people wonder, why can’t it always be like that, where you play hard, and then shake hands afterwards? The reason is because baseball’s a game and governing isn’t. The stakes are a little higher.

Also, The team roster is picked by voters who, tend to respond to fear.

So despite the appeals to tone things down, in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District race, which has become the latest referendum on Donald Trump, an Independent group released an attack ad that pretty much mocked the idea that the shooting would change anything.

“Now the unhinged left is endorsing and applauding shooting Republicans. When will it stop? It won’t …” the ad declares.

Both candidates condemned the ad, but it’s protected by the First Amendment.

The only antidote is raising up voters who don’t respond to stuff like this. I thought Matthew Skinner, who gave the senior address at the Hobart College Commencement, put it pretty well.

“Don’t silence those who have been silenced their whole lives. Often it’s the quiet person in the corner who has the best stuff to say. And lastly, for the love of God, shut up and listen,” he said.

Maybe someday we’ll get a chance to vote for him.

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