It seems to me that the last time that I "tried hard" but turned in a stinker was when I was twelve playing baseball. I went 2 for 13 that season with 9 walks and 11 strikeouts.
I was awarded a participation trophy, a can of Shasta and an invitation to not come back.
But leave it to the democrats to redefine "trying". After a 100 rounds of golf and almost no meetings with members of congress, I guess qualifies as "trying".