There are few conservative commentators with the juice that Red State‘s Erick Erickson has. In a post this afternoon, Erickson clearly distinguished the clear differences between the education policies of presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. Erickson sees that Romney supports the Barack Obama-Arne Duncan reforms while the Perry bristles at the intrusion of the federal government into state’s school system.
Romney said today at a campaign stop in Florida that “I think Secretary Duncan has done some good things. I hope that’s not heresy in this room.” Erickson is skeptical of Romney’s position and writes:
In other words, Mitt Romney is on the record supporting No Child Left Behind and Arne Duncan’s reforms geared toward discrediting Texas, but he would not support school choice and while he said he’d support charter schools he’d never meet with charter schools leaders.
What the hell does Mitt Romney believe in other than saying or doing anything right now to hurt Team Perry, including tacking to the left? But hey! At least in 1994 Mitt Romney supported the elimination of the U.S. Department of Education. Like Obama though, I suspect this statement of his comes with an expiration date tied to what he now considers electability as a moderate.
Either Romney’s not really up to speed on ed policy or he’s hedging his bets for his hedge fund cronies and the like-minded and similarly wallet-ed billionaires. Its a bit too nuanced for me whatever it is. Sounds like Erickson agrees and seems to be coming to Perry’s defense from Arne Duncan’s demagoguery and Romney’s political posturing.
But Romney is cool with RTTT and Arne Duncan. And I find it impossible to believe his mentioning Duncan this week is not tied to Duncan’s lies about Texas.
Romney’s own record on education doesn’t leave one with a good feeling. He supported No Child Left Behind….
Erickson’s post title reflects the feeling of many traditional conservatives and tea party voters. “Get Ready: Conservatives are About to Support the Federal Takeover of Schools,” illustrates their philosophical aversion to the US Department of Education in the first place. Let alone the instruments of its power in No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top.