Saturday, February 05, 2005

Spellings clarifies the picture

Time again to paraphrase eRobin at Fact-esque: Spellings is no B-teamer. I think it's fast becoming clear Spellings is more dangerous and much more effective than her foot in mouth hampered predecessor.

The latest evidence comes from EdWeek (registration required): Spellings clarifies what "willing to work with the states on NCLB" means. And it's certainly something different from what the states had in mind:
At the same time, the secretary made it clear that states shouldn’t expect waivers from the law under her watch.


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings said today that there “is room to maneuver” through the administrative process in carrying out the No Child Left Behind Act. But, she cautioned, “I don’t want people to think that No Child Left Behind is up for grabs. It’s not.”
In fact, she may also turn out to be a cultural warrier extraordinaire, as Eric Boehlert (Salon free day pass gets you in) provides the larger picture regarding her first volley against PBS. It's all part of the systematic attack on the media from providing any sort of venue for progressive information. Sidenote: this was the first I heard that CPB defunded Moyers' program NOW and that a senior VP at CPB is a friend of Bush. Oh.

And with Gonzalez' confirmation, BushCo is almost finished with putting into place his real team. This is not the B-team.

It's going to be a long four years. Believe me; I don't get any satisfaction in 'I told you so'. In this case, I'd love to be able to say I was completely wrong.