If she were alive today, my mother would be saying "I told you so!" Known as Grandma Helen to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and "Dr. Frank" to her psychotherapy patients, she zeroed in on the sore points, told it like it was, and challenged authority at every turn.
I fell in love with politics as a kid when I first heard the soaring cadence of John F. Kennedy's acceptance speech when he was nominated for President in 1960. I became a political junkie right then and there.
While our politics have become a shouting match of pander and slander, name-calling and talking points, celebrity media and instant misanalysis, C-SPAN shines as an exemplar of what a free press in a free nation should be.
After my son was born and I brought him home from the hospital, I looked at my surroundings with new eyes. Everything seemed dirty and dangerous. All I could see was a world that held out potential harm.
Let's face it, arm-twisting and backroom deals are a big part of how your legislative sausage gets made. So, in November, C-Span sent Boehner a letter in which they offered to improve that. He has, however, chosen to decline.