Republicans Gush Over Obama Education Secretary Nominee Arne Duncan

02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Frank James Chicago Tribune

Arne Duncan's confirmation hearing to be the incoming Obama Administration's Education Secretary could have easily been confused for a lovefest. Or the peaceable kingdom with the lion laying down with the lamb.

Because the atmosphere was positively milk and honey, with Republicans heaping so much praise on the chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools they sounded like Democrats. Anyone accustomed to the acrimonial sessions of recent years on Capitol Hill probably was rubbing his or her eyes in disbelief.

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