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So proclaims WaPo in its page one today
Activist Al Sharpton takes on new role as administration ally
and it’s only fitting for the privatization president to legitimize someone exposed a few years ago as
Sleeping With the GOP
by the incomparable investigative reporter Wayne Barett.
But, back to today’s piece of fluff in Rahm’s paper. We are reminded of the embarrassment he was for the campaign in 2008
Early on, Sharpton chose ally, staying off the campaign trail in 2008, for instance, when Obama sent word that he would be a distraction.
and who can forget? Sharpton himself was giving interviews left and right proclaiming from the rooftops his “secret” endorsement of Obama
The article mentions all the visibility opportunities, including the fashion makeover
That more-polished image — a strategy known around his headquarters here as “from-the-streets-to-the-suites”
and different uses for the man who would say anything if it serves him
More recently, Sharpton has been among the president’s chief defenders against criticism from television host Tavis Smiley that “black folk are catching hell” and that the president should do more to specifically help blacks.
Speaking of the risky part of the tie with Sharpton, only Brawley comes up
“In the minds of some people, [Sharpton] is always going to be a black man wearing a medallion defending Tawana Brawley,” said Andra Gillespie, an Emory University professor who studies politics and race. She was referring to the 1987 case, later dismissed, in which a teenage Brawley accused six white men of raping her.
Oh, but that’s ancient history.
For us, New Yorkers, it’s the man who brought us a GOP Mayor you know, the guy charging the homeless rent today
In his 2002 book, Al on America, Sharpton wrote that he felt the city’s Democratic Party “had to be taught a lesson” in 2001—insisting that Mark Green, who defeated the Sharpton-backed Fernando Ferrer in a bitter runoff, had disrespected him and minorities. Adding that the party “still has to be taught one nationally,” he warned: “A lot of 2004 will be about what happened in New York in 2001. It’s about dignity.” In 2001, Sharpton engaged in a behind-the-scenes dialogue with campaign aides to Republican Mike Bloomberg while publicly disparaging Green.
In 2006. Bush’s operative Roger Stone (Miami Dade mob architect) considered using Sharpton to torpedo Hillary’s run
Stone, whose Miami mob even jostled a visiting Sharpton during the recount, said recently in The American Spectator that if Sharpton were to run “as an independent” in the 2006 Hillary Clinton race, she would be “sunk,” implicitly suggesting that this operation may be a precursor to another Stone-Sharpton mission.
“He’s been an extraordinary partner. The fact that we’re working together has been great, but the level of his engagement, it’s been phenomenal,” said Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who attended Sharpton’s conference Thursday and toured schools in five cities last year with Sharpton and former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).
Plus the White House is desperate enough by the loss of interest among black voters to use Sharpton
Obama’s poll numbers are sky-high with black voters. But the need for an ally such as Sharpton is clear for Democratic Party leaders worried about the steep drop-off in interest in November’s midterm elections among African Americans, said John Kenneth White, a political professor at Catholic University. According to a recent NBC/WSJ poll, deep interest has dropped 33 points among blacks, compared with 19 points among whites.
“Between our connection with black churches and our radio show, we reach a lot of black America every day,” he said. “We’re turning that into a strategy.”
After all, he has enough chutzpa to compare himself to Nelson Mandela
Like Nelson Mandela said, you have to have core principles and everything else is a tactic.”
WaPo reports this straight, no editorializing. My jaw being on the floor, I’ll have to do the same.
As a parent, the state of education is one of my major concerns.
In 2003 I supported Wesley Clark because he said NCLB was a hand grenade tossed at public education.
During the 2008 primaries, when it became clear that I had to chose between 2 apparently similar candidates (or so they kept telling me) – it was the attitude towards NCLB (as well as towards Reagan) that made me chose Hillary. She wanted to end it while Obama wanted to vaguely change it (no one knew in what direction). We now are finding out. Obama medi is hailing it as “keeping a campaign promise”
Now B0bots who thought he’d make W’s bill more education friendly have to read this from Bush’s Education secretary
Former education secretary Margaret Spellings, Duncan’s predecessor, praised what she called “a more nuanced approach” to accountability. But she criticized Obama’s proposal to drop a requirement that students in certain schools that repeatedly fall short be offered tutoring and transfers.
Those mandates, she said, have helped hundreds of thousands of children. Preserving school choice, she said, “will be a rallying cry and unifier for Republicans.”
And another clue: It’s Newt Gingrich promoting this, next to the always trustworthy Al Sharpton.
The essence of what its going on here is captured in this opinion
“I worry about retreating from the notion of quality education as a civil right,” Mr. Edley said. “N.C.L.B. had some good sticks in it to compel equity. I’m alarmed by the frequent references to ‘incentives,’ and the apparent intention to reduce the federal role in forcing compliance.”
Yes, Obama is prepared to do for education what he’s been doing for healthcare – transform it into a commodity with us as consumers – preferably captive ones.
That is however as far as MSM is willing to enlighten us. Here it is, Kate Randall:
The unstated agenda behind these moves is nothing less than the dismantling of the public school system as it has been known in the US. It is to be replaced by a largely privatized system more directly based on social class and geared more closely to the profit interests of big business.
We are told that even before this NCLB was announced, the changes were set in effect in the universally praised budget
Obama’s budget for 2011 contains sweeping changes in funding for primary and secondary education, radically altering the guidelines for the distribution of federal funds to schools with high concentrations of low-income students. A significant proportion of so-called Title I funds would be distributed to poorer districts—not on the basis of economic need, but according to their “performance.”
Obama’s plans for America’s classrooms are even more aggressive than George Bush’s policies. Obama takes Bush’s No Child Left Behind scheme to its logical, blood on the floor conclusion: corporate education without the encumbrances of organized teachers. Obama’s anti-union vision is more ambitious than that of the old arch-reactionary, Ronald Reagan, who destroyed a union of only 13,000 members.
They are also noting how the teachers’ union is betraying its members (and all of us)
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association have combined memberships of over 4 million. They have the capacity to fight back, to make this president back off. But, like so many others who drank the Obama Kool Aid, they are in denial, refusing to believe that they backed a union-buster who is making teachers the scapegoat for America’s historical failure to serve the educational needs of all its children.
Kate Randall again on the big hoax
A Democratic administration that came to power by appealing—cynically and dishonestly—to popular hostility to war and the Bush administration’s pro-business policies, has become the vehicle for carrying out the type of radical assault on public education that had long been advocated by the Republican right.
and the B0bots role in it
Obama’s African-American background was utilized to mask his right-wing policies, lulling working class and young voters into believing he would be more sympathetic to their needs. In this mass deception, the liberal and phony “left” advocates of identity politics played a critical role.
Congratulation B0bots! You done us in!
Did you set your clocks forward?
Remember how Hillary wanted to throw away NCLB while Obama just wanted to modify it? Lo and behold, the NCLB remake privatization is upon us. Good choice, B0bots! Always when reading “accountability” remember Rode Island. Here’s WaPo
From Stars and Stripes we find out our soldiers contracted malaria in Haiti and Taliban is resurging
Also, the recent veterans come home to unemployment
The Daily News reveals how terrible the settlement is for 9.11 responders
Shame on pols for letting 9/11 compensation fund expire – it’s time to treat victims fairly