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Spellings Is To Gonzales As "I Don't Recall" Is To Lunchables

For anyone who's not an education geek, the real fun of last night's Daily Show wasn't EdSec Spellings' appearance but rather the show's hilarious coverage of the current immigration debate going on in Congress, which included one segment in which a correspondent says reform opponents are worried about the US becoming a "backup" country for illegal immigrants -- "like Wesleyan," and another correspondent, this one tall white and balding, goes to Mexico and try and get back into the US illegally with the help of his burro "Smuggly." Hilarious, over the top, can't-believe-they-said-that kind of stuff that's usually found on the Colbert Report, not The Daily Show.

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Then Spellings came on, wearing a light blue blouse and a matching double-strand necklace that was either aquamarine or larimar. Stewart took out some pencils and Lunchables, thanked Spellings for being on the show, and handed her an apple she later smoothly attempted to give back to him for some added nutrition (the Lunchables and CapriSun folks are pissed).

Asked about NCLB's alleged curriculum-narrowing, Spellings responded with the usual talking point ("kids need to read to learn social studies"). Asked whether she would want to smite the teachers unions on the head if she were Education God for a day, Spellings smirked and paused -- and then perhaps sensing that she was on the verge of pulling a Rod Paige -- said "kidding!" Asked about the student loan scandal, Spellings said it was complex or something like that and Stewart -- clearly knowing and caring little about the topic -- let it pass.

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Perhaps the best moment came at the end, when Stewart asked Spellings an old school SAT analogies question (they don't do those anymore, Daily Show writers) that went something like: Alberto Gonzales is to "I don't recall" as trees are to....(d) "I don't recall," the answer Spellings chose. Indeed. [UPDATE: You can see video of this last bit here.]

Over all, it was a harmless exercise, neither particularly humorous nor scathing. Stewart treated Spellings with a combination of kid gloves and that mystified air that most folks display when talking about education (why is it so hard, what is the problem, etc.) Spellings did fine.

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The more important relationship between Gonzales and NCLB's Reading First is the way status quo proponents use their political muscle to undermine Reading First reauthorization. It is no coincidence that Gonzales is under attack for doing absolutely nothing wrong in the SOP firing of US attorneys. It's just because he will be the one to decide if the implementation of Reading First's phonics programs violated the law. Status quo reading program publishers are jerking the leashes that their campaign contributions have bought them, plain and simple.

Mrs Spellings was wearing a necklace of rose quartz-not Larimar-the Gemstone of the Caribbean(R)a U.S Registered Trademark since 1987.I would have liked to see her wear Larimar as it is a more rare and beautiful stone than rose quartz.-Good try though on Gem recognition!

If you want to find the Premier Larimar Dealer on the planet go to www.larimarsource.com for full information about this rare and beautiful gemstone that is only found in one minesite on Earth.

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