Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Center for American Progress' Jennifer Palmieri says the daily "8:45 A.M." call among leftish activists (disclosed by Politico ) is an attempt to give the White House a " coordinated echo chamber on the outside." [E.A.] She is subtle, isn't she? ... It wasn't enough for Palmieri to emasculate poor Matt Yglesias . Now she has to belittle the entire left wing of the Democratic Party. ... Jane Hamsher resists . ...
Update: Jonah Goldberg argues that CAP is a cargo cult . ... 2:34 A.M.
Eduwonk 's Andy Rotherham reads Obama's education speech to find the battle lines between the President and the teachers' unions. ... He links to others who do the same thing. ... And he writes good heds. ... P.S.: Obama did have a strong-but-vague graf on dismissing bad teachers:
And just as we've given our teachers all the support they need to be successful, we need to make sure our students have the teacher they need to be successful. And that means states and school districts taking steps to move bad teachers out of the classroom . But let me be clear -- (applause.) Let me be clear -- the overwhelming number of teachers are doing an outstanding job under difficult circumstances. My sister is a teacher, so I know how tough teaching can be. But let me be clear: If a teacher is given a chance or two chances or three chances but still does not improve, there's no excuse for that person to continue teaching . I reject a system that rewards failure and protects a person from its consequences. The stakes are too high. [E.A.]
Will Jennifer Palmieri let them talk about this on the 8:45 A.M. call? Seems risky--might detract from the requisite unanimity. Or else they all might decide to go after Obama. ... 2:46 A.M.