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This  came  in an e-mail for the parents at my kid’s school.

It seems the teachers – who watched a candidate endorsing NCLB, merit pay and charter schools are somehow shocked by the names floated for Secretary of Education.

Teacher Activist Groups website has the text of the exceedingly humble petition against notorious privatizers. It starts with bended knee:

Today, we celebrate Barack Obama’s momentous election as President of the United States. We recognize it as a historic culmination of the centuries-long effort for dignity and justice, human and civil rights, and enfranchisement of the U.S. people, and we pay particular tribute to the African American freedom struggle, which played a decisive role in bringing the first Black man to the presidency.

It goes  on like this for several paragraphs. After the celebration, comes the humble request :

We strongly encourage the selection of someone dedicated to equity and the education of all children with a proven track record in these areas, such as Linda Darling-Hammond, a key member of Mr. Obama’s education team. We want a person who is a professional, experienced, and knowledgeable educator, not a corporate executive such as New York City’s Education Chancellor Joel Klein or Chicago CEO Arne Duncan, who have demonstrated their vision of privatized, corporatized, and anti-democratic schools.

As I remember, education as business is not something that is about to phase the free market advocate, the Ronald Reagan admirer that is Obama

Considering the strong arm measures some of their unions employed to affect the outcome of this election

I would feel this a karmic result. Too bad I happen to have a kid in school.

the “forgotten war” is getting its dues in the era of hope and change.

per Reuters

CORNWALLIS, Nova Scotia (Reuters) – The Pentagon is considering a plan to send more than 20,000 troops to Afghanistan over the next 12 to 18 months to help safeguard elections and quell rising Taliban violence, officials said on Friday.

Interestingly, the plans are made for next year.

I guess anti-war activists will have to be “quietly concerned” about this some more

“There’s so much Obama hero worship, we’re having to walk this line where we can’t directly criticize him,” he said. “But we are expressing concern.”

And just in case the different war is confusing some

Gates’ use of the term “surge” to describe the influx drew parallels with the 2007 U.S. force build-up that placed an extra 30,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and contributed to a sharp decline in violence there.

Gates knows he is safe using this word for the future as Obama is been loving this for some time

“I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”

Besides, he  was beating the drums on this particular war all along – so yeay for consistency:

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama says he wants to focus more on the Afghan war and plans to persuade other nations to send more soldiers.

And this lovely comment from the Canadian  defense Minister puts it all in perspective

“There is an enormous amount of goodwill that has been engendered by President-elect Obama that he might be willing to spend for a cause that he clearly believes in,” said MacKay.

So, that’s what the anti-war candidate believes in? (not that some of us didn’t notice)

Yeay for that! We were always at war with Eurasia!

Remember Karl Rove & gang operating from the White House? You thought that would go away?

Politico reassures us:

President-elect Barack Obama has answered bipartisan calls for the disbandment of the White House office central to the Karl Rove-style politics the Democrat condemned as a candidate. The office stays.

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I guess Karl wasn’t so wrong in saying he provided the standard

Do you see the election results as a repudiation of your politics?
Our new president-elect won one and a half points more than George W. Bush won in 2004, and he did so, in great respect, by adopting the methods of the Bush campaign and conducting a vast army of persuasion to identify and get out the vote.

Of course, Karl and I know that those methods really are coopting the media into the campaign plus dirty tricks – but he is essentially right about his methods being adopted, because, duh, it was planed this way.

So what of the political office in the White House?

has been strongly denounced by some Republicans and Democrats, including Obama’s former opponent Sen. John McCain, who vowed to abolish the office if he were elected, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), who issued a report last month recommending its elimination.

Besides, what can be wrong about it? After all, Ed Rollins likes it

Rollins urged Obama to keep the office, writing, “When he takes office, Mr. Obama will face major challenges. A political office that lets him communicate with his supporters and mobilize them for important battles will be essential.”

He was the White House political director from 1981 to 1983 and from 1984 to 1985.

Because Ed Rollins would never steer us wrong, would he?

The manager, Edward J. Rollins, said the campaign funneled about $500,000 in such “walking around money” from the state Republican Party.

Mr. Rollins said the campaign made donations to pro-Florio ministers who agreed not to press the Governor’s cause from the pulpit and payments to Democratic Party workers who sat Election Day out. (the word missing here is “black”)

Some even say this makes taxpayers subsidize reelection campaigns
“It’s not an office that should be subsidized by taxpayers, and it should not be part of the White House itself,” said Craig Holman, a lobbyist with the government watchdog group Public Citizen. The office has no benefit for the public, he said

Silly rabbit – if it benefits Obama, it benefits us – you people are so behind with propaganda!

But rest assured: just as the bailout became rescue Once Obama pushed for it, so will the Political Office shall pretend to be something else by using different words (such as “compassionate conservative”)

An Obama transition spokeswoman said that keeping the office open does not mean the president-elect will default on his campaign promise to change politics-as-usual in Washington, which as a candidate he dubbed the “perpetual campaign.”

“An Obama White House will be focused on meeting the next challenge, not winning the next election,”

And I agree that calling this kabuki theater “elections” is passe.

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“Next challenge” is nice and vague and can encompass more – such as controlling political discourse, news, and dissent without worrying so much of elections which are pretty much all set. I’d love to know what the “next challenge” is. But I won’t too soon, if it’s true what they say

A former colleague recently described Gaspard to Politico as “hardworking, loyal and very private.

In related news h/t to Make them Accountable

Obama calls on his Internet campaign army to march again

because after all, Michelle warned you

“Barack Will Never Allow You to Go Back to Your Lives as Usual.”

Barack Obama will require you to work. He is going to demand that you shed your cynicism. That you put down your divisions. That you come out of your isolation, that you move out of your comfort zones. That you push yourselves to be better. And that you engage. Barack will never allow you to go back to your lives as usual, uninvolved, uninformed.

Not Your Sweetie

November 2008