(National Sentinel) Mindless Partisanship: Last summer, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., lie bleeding and clinging to life on a dusty softball field in northern Virginia, having been shot by a far-Left madman and supporter of Marxist Bernie Sanders, having been driven to lunacy by bitter political partisanship.

The shooter, James T. Hodgkinson, of Belleville, Ill., 66, first asked, “Are those Democrats or Republicans?” before opening fire.

The game went on a few days later, with Democrats and Republicans putting aside divisive politics as they always have to play their traditional annual softball game.

Not this year though. Whatever goodwill existed after Scalise was shot and nearly killed has long since evaporated.

So much so that petulant Democrats are refusing to play this year because hatred has so consumed them they can’t even find it in themselves to carry on a tradition.

As the Western Journal reports:

Ahead of what historically has been a rare exhibition of bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, some Republicans are saying their Democratic rivals have refused to participate in an annual softball game.

According to the Daily Caller, sources within the Republican National Committee say they heard from members of the other party that they would not be able to field a team this year.

“We won’t be able to play,” the DNC said, according to one source.

Democrats reportedly cited the fact that “all our players are out in the field this year” as the reason for their cancellation.

Sources within the RNC said they were “stunned” by the news.

As of the latest reports available, the DNC had not officially addressed the Daily Caller’s report.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded to the news in a tweet:

“The RNC-DNC softball game was an annual tradition and a time to put aside politics,” she wrote. “It’s a shame @TheDemocrats are refusing to participate this year.”

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Of noteworthiness, President Obama was, up to that point, the most divisive president in the modern era. And Republicans never allowed partisanship to destroy this tradition.

If anyone still thinks that Republicans are the problem in American politics today, they need to soak in this abject lesson in childish petulance compliments of the Party of the Donkey.

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