In another smart column, Rick Hess dissects Thomas Friedman’s fawning praise for Arne Duncan.

What puzzles me is why so many knowledgeable commentators continue to speak of Duncan’s great success in Chicago. I get confused about whether it was Paul Vallas or Arne who “saved” Chicago. Despite a string of saviors, Chicago remains un-saved.

In this column, Hess has it both ways, simultaneously praising Arne’s run in Chicago and pulling it apart.

Whatever: he remains the reigning iconoclast of the right.