Monday, February 04, 2008

Obama, you say you want a revolution? Then prove it

My friend Dan Gerstein with an Op Ed in the NY Daily News last week, encouraging Obama to be more bold.  No surprise that I liked this idea:
Give the teachers unions an ultimatum: Either you are with the kids or against them. For Obama to be credible on special interests, he has to show he is willing to fight some on his side. The obvious candidate would be the teachers unions, which have been the nation's biggest obstacle to educational change for years. Conservatives in Orange County and single mothers in Bushwick would both rejoice if a progressive black man drew a line in the sand - work with me to reward the best teachers and fire the bad ones, or get out of the way.
Obama, you say you want a revolution? Then prove it
NY Daily News, Wednesday, January 23rd 2008, 4:00 AM

As the Democratic primary campaign has taken fuller shape over the past several weeks, many Democrats I have talked with are still wrestling with the same head-heart conflict. They are seduced by the possibilities of Barack Obama but not yet ready to abandon the security of the Clintons.


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