With guest, Louder Than a Bomb poet Nate Marshall

Friday, June 5, 2009

Duncan, Sharpton tour, but where's Newt?

Who got to Gingrich...?

Was it just the already badly isolated Limbaugh Party leaders and/or the badly embarrassed conservative EEP faction of the Democrats as well? The latter haven't said a critical word about their new-found bedfellow, Newt, even while Republican leaders beg him to tone down his racist comments.
After initially waiting a few nanoseconds to call Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor a racist -- not to mention advising that she just ought to withdraw from consideration -- Newt Gingrich has had a sudden change of heart. (Gloria Berger, CNN)
...and why isn't he on the Duncan/Sharpton tour?
White education reformers were looking for a prominent African American to lend them credibility, while Sharpton needed the money because his non-profit, the National Action Network, was nearly broke. Considering the distastefulness of this financial back-scratching, it was surprising to see Sharpton received in the Oval Office -- alongside Newt Gingrich -- as an education visionary, just a few weeks after the donation story broke in the Daily News. And it's even more surprising, as Politico reports, that Sharpton and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will now be embarking on a five-city school reform tour. (Dana Goldstein, American Prospect)

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