Establishment Republicans are always mystified when they embrace Democratic Party policies and get hammered for it, particularly, as is frequently the case, when those programs don’t work particularly well.
“It was everyday moms who shamed the Republicans into abandoning Common Core,” syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin averred at the Conservative Political Action Conference. “There are three reasons why Jeb Bush failed: his last name; his support for amnesty; and his cheerleading and cashing in on Common Core.”
The National Governors Association devised Common Core with Clinton era appointees, Malkin explained. In 2009, 25 people in the room devised Common Core including 6 from the College Board, 5 from ACT and 4 from Achieve, Inc., according to Malkin.
Currently other supporters of Common Core aren’t doing particularly well either. Ohio Governor John Kasich has bellowed his enthusiasm for it at the expense of other, arguably more efficacious, school reforms. “This is a man who smeared homeschoolers,” Malkin reminded her audience at CPAC.
Malkin, the senior editor at Conservative Review, is the author of six books, including, most recently, Sold Out: How High-Tech Billionaires & Bipartisan Beltway Crapweasels Are Screwing America’s Best & Brightest Workers , written with John Maino, and Who Built That: Awe-Inspiring Stories of American Tinkerpreneurs.