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This is to be encouraged, from Politico:
Teachers unions are girding for a tough fight to defend tenure laws against a coming blitz of lawsuits — and an all-out public relations campaign led by former aides to President Barack Obama.
The Incite Agency, founded by former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and former Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt, will lead a national public relations drive to support a series of lawsuits aimed at challenging tenure, seniority and other job protections that teachers unions have defended ferociously. LaBolt and another former Obama aide, Jon Jones — the first digital strategist of the 2008 campaign — will take the lead in the public relations initiative.
First, it’s always nice to see what a truly important party schism looks like. The Democratic Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of a variety of unions — government workers and teachers, especially — and it’s a good sign that some Democrats know how toxic this is.
Second, they’re right. Tenure rules and other job protections are a big part of the constellation of ills that keep our public schools so ineffective. So good on Gibbs and LaBolt. I wish them well. (Although I also wish that this conversion to sanity had occurred during their time in the White House….)
But mostly, I like this because it allows me to gloat. Partisan? Not me. I wholeheartedly support the lobbying efforts of two of Obama’s most highly-placed staffers. I only wish, I can shake my head sadly, that the rest of the Democratic Party wasn’t so blind and bought.