Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
No, this isn’t a photo of Greg, Matt, and me (but if it were, I’m sure I’d be Egon on the right).
This is what came to mind when I heard that Doug Tuthill, the former head of the teacher union in Pinellas County Florida, was named the new president of the Florida School Choice Fund, an organization that raises money for and promotes tax-credit supported vouchers. And Jon East, the former St. Pete Times editorial writer and prominent voucher critic, has signed on to be the Fund’s communications director. There must be a cataclysm of biblical proportions going on here. Dogs and cats are living together!
Add this to the Democrats for Education Reform hosting an event at the Democratic Convention where “In front of a gathering of about 500 delegates, four ‘smart, young, powerful, bald** black state and local elected officials’ (Kaus’s description; the asterisks lead to a note conceding the presence of some hair on one guy’s head – but only on the sides) denounce teachers’ unions, explicitly and in strong terms, and recieve vigorous applause. ‘In a room of 500 people at the Democratic convention!’(emphasis in original) Most satisfying line: “John Wilson, head of the NEA itself, was also there. Afterwards, he seemed a bit stunned.”
Rick Hess, Mike Petrilli, Diane Ravitch, and Sol Stern may be jumping off the school choice train (or at least hanging dangerously off the side), but Adrian Fenty, Marion Bary, Al Sharpton, and a bunch of Democratic delegates are jumping on. (OK, you can insert your Marion Bary or Al Sharpton joke here). But these are signs of a possibly dramatic political realignment.
I wonder what’ll happen if we cross the streams?
I’ll take Veckman. Greg can summon the Stay-Puff Marshmellow Man.
Sure, I’ll be happy to be the one who financed the whole operation, and who uttered the immortal line: “I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.”