I mean, first you've got Arne Duncan backer and DFER's patron hedge-funder, Whitney Tilson calling for more rich, white folks to "take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally." Can we call them Duncan's White School Reform Army?
Then you've got WaPo ed writer Bill Turque, back, I assume, from his censorship exile in WaPo's rubber room, telling us about Rhee's Tata. That's Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, recently appointed by D.C. Supt. Michelle Rhee as her second in command after a stint in Eli Broad's Superintendent's Academy..
Gen. Tata is no one to fool with, writes Turque. He's:
...a distinctive, alpha-male presence at a school headquarters filled with 20- and 30-somethings transfixed by their BlackBerry devices -- and where five of Rhee's top aides, including her chief of staff, are women. No one else is likely to talk about how to take an issue and "shoot it between the eyes."And you were worried about Rhee and her broom.
Tata is definitely not into Obama's hopey, changey thingy either, writes the rehabilitated Turque.
In December, he wrote a glowing review of Sarah Palin's book, "Going Rogue," on the "Big Hollywood" site operated by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart. He said that Palin "is far more qualified to be president of the United States than the current occupant of the White House" and that the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate is "precisely the kind of leader America needs."It all adds up if you think (really) long and hard about it.
You see, Tilson loves Duncan. Duncan loves Tilson and Rhee. Rhee loves Tata. Tata loves Palin--hates Obama. Turque writes critically about Rhee. Turque is censored by Rhee/WaPo. Turque comes back with a softer piece on Rhee & Tata. Whew!
There's much more tangled up in this web of deception, publishing, censorship (right Russo?) and the ownership society. But for now, I need to take a nap.