By Jeff Dufour - 06/13/06 12:00 AM EDT
Among those workers taking especially long lunches yesterday to catch the United States’ crushing defeat at the hands of the Czech Republic were about 150 Hill staffers.
Crammed into the Transportation Committee room in Rayburn with Rep. James Walsh (R-N.Y.) and D.C. United’s own Bobby Boswell and Troy Perkins, the throng cheered, but mostly gasped and groaned its way through the American side’s humiliating defeat.
“Politics are checked at the door,” said Bill Wicker, communications director for Democrats on the Senate Energy Committee. “Once inside, everyone shares an allegiance to the American team and a passion for f