October 23, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 42

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.

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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...

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