We come today in praise of Republicans.
Two members of the GOP in particular.
That would be our two local congressmen, U.S. Reps. Pat Meehan, R-7, of Chadds Ford, and Ryan Costello, R-6, of West Goshen.
What did they do to garner praise.
If you'll excuse the term, both decided to stand "Pat" on their stance on the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Last week both voted against the American Health Care Plan.
Both indicated they continued to have problems with the GOP legislation, especially when it comes to the effect it would have on those with pre-existing conditions.
Now they're being targeted by both sides.
I've actually been told that Meehan was called into a meeting with Republican leaders and given the full-court press, asked to get in line and support the party legislation.
Meehan didn't budget.
Of course, that is not stopping Democrats from attacking the two members of Congress, noting correctly that both voted to move the bill out of their respective committees - Meehan on the Ways and Means Committee; Costello on the Labor and Commerce.
Technically, that is correct.
But when the money was on the table, both voted against the American Health Care Act.
We believe they made the right call.
You can read our editorial here.