For Pickering, facts won’t alter incredible public slide

The facts of Pickering’s altercation with the coach of an opposing soccer team which had just defeated his son’s team remain facts in dispute. There are two sides to the story and I don’t presume to know either one of them with any clarity.

I suspect this is one post-soccer game parent/coach dispute story that will lurch toward litigation, but I could be wrong.

Pickering, who served six terms in Congress from 1997 to 2009, has now added a simple assault charge to the devolution of his public life that began in December 2007, when he announced that he would not seek re-election, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.