The John Boehner I Knew
He Wouldn't Have Gone With Tactics Of Tea Party
The Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and I are friends.
We have seldom visited since I left the Congress in 1997, but during John’s first years in the House I was the chairman of an education committee of which he was a member. John, despite our political differences, was attentive, engaged, and always considering fresh ways, as he saw it, to improve the nation’s schools.
I liked him and still do – although now I am troubled by the policy and political muddle in which he has been cast. It is also disappointing to note that he prefers to follow...