June 11, 2008
The politics of education platforms
All the attacks this spring on Obama's links to Bill Ayers and Linda Darling-Hammond are
both partisan (when Republicans try to pile on in hopes of finding
something that will stick as an attack in the fall, as with Ayers) and
influence-seeking in a sideways fashion, trying to peel away potential
sources of influence (as with attacks on Darling-Hammond).
I'm still going to comment on the EPI collaboration when I get time, and probably the Klein-Sharpton potpourri as well, but for now, there are two parts of these attempts that seem self-defeating in some way:
you think Barack Obama is a blank slate who's easily swayed on either
policy or rhetoric, you haven't been paying attention to the nomination
- In practice, the most important decisions on education policy will be appointments to transition task forces and political appointees to the USDOE and the relevant White House advising offices.
Posted in Education policy on June 11, 2008 11:18 AM |