Badly needing to talk about something else than Common Core Standards, Jeb Bush’s surrogates have begun to do it for him. Consider a Lloyd Brown piece in Sunshine State News. Brown is a former speechwriter for Bush:
After I retired, I worked for him (Bush) briefly and again was impressed. His approach to policy was, “What’s in it for Florida families?” That’s pretty refreshing when the standard Democrat approach is, “How much money will it bring into government?”
So his candidacy, if there is one, should be welcomed by conservatives. Unfortunately, there are some who want to write him off because he supports the Common Core standards.
We have to parse that opposition. There are, again, low-information voters who believe Common Core places a new curriculum in the schools that instructs children Americans are racists and evil, and communism is superior to capitalism.
Common Core sets standards. Local schools boards set curriculum for the district.
Other opponents rightly see a danger in Common Core. They fear the federal government will seize control of it and impose the type of curriculum they fear.
A valid concern. But it was valid before Common Core and will be valid if Common Core is not adopted. The federal government will seize all the control it can from state and local governments and must be opposed at every step.
My take on it is this: I’d rather have a conservative like Jeb Bush, who would not allow the federal government to take control of local schools, as president than a big government proponent like Hillary Clinton.
He was a champion of standards, accountability and choice as governor, and I would expect him to be as president.
Thus, for rational voters, his name will not be a liability and his stance on education should be an asset.
A separate blog post is needed to appropriately dispatch will all of Lloyd’s nonsense. But he’s not the only Bush guy attempting to get conservative voters to drink the Bush Common Core Kool-Aid. Political consultant Patrick Murphy chimes in. Writing in Breitbart News, Tony Lee has this:
“Common Core issue much more of a paper tiger in GOP primaries than lazy CW assumes,” establishment Republican consultant Murphy recently tweeted after a longtime Georgia incumbent defeated a challenger who opposed Common Core in a local race.
Bush, already distrusted by the conservative base, has not endeared himself to primary voters by doubling down on his support for amnesty and Common Core.
Election observers – including those on the ground in Iowa – who do not have such an obvious potential horse in the race like Murphy have said that Common Core could be a huge liability for Bush:
Bush’s mouthpieces are downplaying his Common Core position for a reason. It doesn’t play well with conservative voters he’ll need to win primaries. Nor is it playing well with conservative pundits.
Let the spin begin.