I wrote about John Boehner’s opening of the 113th Congress in my syndicated column last week, but I didn’t note this: That he sounded a bit like Henry Hyde, who said when he first took the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee said:
If we don’t believe that what we are doing here can rise above the brokering of raw interests–if we do not believe that politics and the making of the law can contribute to the ennobling of American democracy–then we have no moral claim to a seat in the Congress of the United States.
John Boehner has said of Hyde “there is no one I admired more. No one.”
Members of Congress — and the executive branch — could afford to read some Hyde. The full text of his committee opening is here.