Bad judgment under stress? or CHA…

“If this evidence was withheld for political purposes, one can only speculate as to how many additional children may have been endangered before this information was finally revealed.”

This from John Boehner, defending Hastert by trying to float the idea that Foleygate is some sort of Democratic trick. But doesn’t that missile change course and head directly for Hastert? With friends like Boehner….

Author: Michael O'Hare

Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, Michael O'Hare was raised in New York City and trained at Harvard as an architect and structural engineer. Diverted from an honest career designing buildings by the offer of a job in which he could think about anything he wanted to and spend his time with very smart and curious young people, he fell among economists and such like, and continues to benefit from their generosity with on-the-job social science training. He has followed the process and principles of design into "nonphysical environments" such as production processes in organizations, regulation, and information management and published a variety of research in environmental policy, government policy towards the arts, and management, with special interests in energy, facility siting, information and perceptions in public choice and work environments, and policy design. His current research is focused on transportation biofuels and their effects on global land use, food security, and international trade; regulatory policy in the face of scientific uncertainty; and, after a three-decade hiatus, on NIMBY conflicts afflicting high speed rail right-of-way and nuclear waste disposal sites. He is also a regular writer on pedagogy, especially teaching in professional education, and co-edited the "Curriculum and Case Notes" section of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Between faculty appointments at the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, he was director of policy analysis at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He has had visiting appointments at Università Bocconi in Milan and the National University of Singapore and teaches regularly in the Goldman School's executive (mid-career) programs. At GSPP, O'Hare has taught a studio course in Program and Policy Design, Arts and Cultural Policy, Public Management, the pedagogy course for graduate student instructors, Quantitative Methods, Environmental Policy, and the introduction to public policy for its undergraduate minor, which he supervises. Generally, he considers himself the school's resident expert in any subject in which there is no such thing as real expertise (a recent project concerned the governance and design of California county fairs), but is secure in the distinction of being the only faculty member with a metal lathe in his basement and a 4×5 Ebony view camera. At the moment, he would rather be making something with his hands than writing this blurb.

6 thoughts on “Bad judgment under stress? or CHA…”

  1. Over at and they've posted that Brian Ross, the ABC blogger who broke the story, is saying that the emails came to him from within the "same party" as Foley, which pretty much puts the scotch on claims the Dems "did" this as a political tactic.

  2. Yeah, Boehner's been going out of his way to make Hastert look bad– I should say *worse,* shouldn't I. Where's the surprise?
    Boehner was parachuted in as Majority Leader. If Hastert gets pressured out, *and* if by some miracle the Goopers still have their majority com January, guess who's in line to be the new speaker? Yep– Boehner.
    Like any good careerist, all he's doing here is grabbing the rear end of the guy ahead of him on the ladder and yanking hard. And you can interpret that any way you want to.

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