So we got a media blitz yesterday and this morning, informing us that the National Education Association is already planning for the 2016 Presidential campaign.
“We have 3 million members who want desperately to know what the candidates have to say to really, seriously improve public education,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García told reporters. “We intend to activate those 3 million members, the parents, even the students.”
(How about activating the students to learn math?)
Activation will involve the cutting edge tactic of placing billboards at the Des Moines and Manchester airports. NEA tried billboards in 2004, coupled with a basket of apples for a debate moderator, to no discernible effect.
The Post reminded Eskelsen Garcia that the Gates and Broad Foundations spent $25 million on “Ed in ’08,” to no discernible effect.
“Even though Gates has lots and lots of money, we have something they don’t – 3 million members,” she said. Except that NEA has spent more than $25 million each Presidential election year, and it used to have 3.2 million members, to no discernible effect.
The union also sent questionnaires to 20 people it thinks might run for President. Fifteen of them are Republicans, including John Bolton and Ben Carson. One is independent Bernie Sanders.
That makes 16 wasted stamps.
The four Democrats are Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb.
That’s two more wasted stamps and one necessary only as a courtesy to the sitting Vice President.
It will be Hillary, and if she wins we will have at least four more years of union complaints about the cozy relationship between establishment Democrats and corporate education reform. If she loses, the billboards for 2020 will go up soon after.