The Second Coming Of... Sandy Feldman?
It's one thing to hear about NYC union leader Randi Weingarten -- most recently she blew up at Michelle Rhee at last week's NSVF conference -- but another thing to see her in action. And, clearly, Weingarten's media folks are making a point of "introducing" her in somewhat friendly situations. Here she is balancing a little bit of tough talk plus lots of fairly standard support for teachers and the status quo during a half-hour Charlie Rose interview from earlier this month:
Click here if the video doesn't load: A conversation with Randi Weingarten
She's obviously a smart, articulate advocate. However, she's mostly on the defensive here -- not the second coming of Al Shanker as she's been portrayed at times.