Look, it's not fashionable to take up for members of Congress. Everybody, it seems, hates Washington these days. And, if you go into politics, you are inviting a level of scrutiny into your life that most people couldn't - or wouldn't - take.
But, c'mon, people. Bashing a man for his skating skills in a charity hockey game? Rep. Patrick Meehan (R.,Pa.), a hockey star at Bowdoin College in the 1970s and a former NHL ref, played (left wing, heh heh) in the game that featured Lobbyists v. Lawmakers. At least one reporter wrote mockingly of his falling down after a fake by a woman lobbyist for the Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Meehan, 57, said beforehand that his game was rusty; he hadn't skated as a player since college.
Maybe there's hope for bipartisanship after all. A teammate, Rep. Mike Quigley (D.,Ill.) spoke up Monday in Meehan's defense, with a few expletives for the writers of snarky news coverage.