The fact that the formerly obscure Randolph-Macon College Economics Professor defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) in his bid for renomination to his congressional seat sent shockwaves through the body politic.
I have had the privilege of being in the Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol twice in the last two days -- for two very different events. Both served as reminders of the power and integrity of U.S. democracy at its best.
I never told Tom Foley that I owed him a great debt, but he was the reason that The Hill, the newspaper covering Congress and national politics that I helped start in September, 1994, got off to such a fast start.
In this era of political smallness, Tom Foley stands out as the polar opposite. Erudite, thoughtful, respectful of members of both parties, willing to go the extra mile for an outcome that was both bipartisan and sound.