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Pick of the day: Dana Milbank's inside baseball

, a few deft strokes and in fewer than 25 inches, Dana Milbank draws behind-the-scenes portraits of Washington power with such dexterity and hilarity that his Washington Sketch column is a must-read for anyone who wants to know how politics in this city really works.

He punctures the inflated egos of the mighty and lays out the silliness and often the absurdity of Washington pomposity and its arcane rituals with ease. This morning's "Wild Pitches from Jim Bunning" is no exception. Read Milbank's take on the former baseball pitcher and current contrarian Kentucky senator's single-handed attempt to Just Say No to just about everything, written in a style that would make any Sports Illustrated fan proud.

In his 17 years pitching in the big leagues, Jim Bunning was known for his graceful curveball, his rising slider and his sidearm fastball. Now 78 years old and about to retire from the Senate, the Republican of Kentucky is apparently down to only one pitch: the screwball.

We don't have time to watchdog all the behind-the-scenes antics of our elected leaders. Milbank, from his perch in the front row of the peanut gallery, does it for us.

By Brigid Schulte  | March 2, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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