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A GOP Victory, At Last

It may have been a rough day politically for congressional Republicans, but they did pull out at least one victory. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis..) took to the House floor after the Farm Bill vote concluded Tuesday afternoon to crow about the GOP victory in a Congressional Shoot-Out sponsored by the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation.

Ryan, co-chair of the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus, began his floor remarks by noting that Democrats had won the 2007 Shoot-Out and thought that a realignment was in the making.

"The realignment was very short-lived," thundered Ryan, clutching the winning trophy. "I'd like to give particular note to the people who really shot straight yesterday.

The straight-shooters:

Top Gun: Rep. Robin Hayes (R-N.C.) "only dropped five clays all day," Ryan noted.

Top Republican: Rep. John Kline of Minnesota

Top Democrat: Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi

Top sporting clays: Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.)

Top traps: Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

Top skeet: Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.)

"All together, a good bipartisan effort," said Ryan. "But more to the point, the Republicans reclaimed the trophy and reversed the realignment."