Lamar Alexander’s Past Discernment on Secretary of Education Nominees


John B. King will have his first hearing in the process toward being confirmed as the next U.S. Secretary of Education.  This hearing will be before the Senate Education Committee and U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TX) will chair those hearings.

He doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to President Obama’s picks for Secretary of Education.

Take for instance the following Politico article from January 2009:

With Republican friends like these, Arne Duncan should have no problem selling Barack Obama’s education agenda to Congress.

“I think you’re the best,” Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told Duncan Tuesday morning during the confirmation hearing for the next education secretary. And Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) engaged in the love fest too: “This is a guy who gets it.”

Aw shucks, I wonder what Alexander will say to King? “Hey you’re doing a great job as Acting Secretary”?

We don’t need a love fest today, we need Senators asking tough questions of the guy who practically was run out of New York on a rail, but landed a cushy job at the U.S. Department of Education instead.

Based on Alexander’s track record I’m sure we can suspect that he’ll say to King, “you’re the best,” and press for his confirmation so the rest of us can be afflicted by the former failed New York Education Commissioner.

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