Don't Forget Duncan
Nothing's more difficult in Washington than admitting fault, and so Fordham's Mike Petrilli has determined that his omission of Chicago superintendent Arne Duncan in a recent roundup of top EdSec candidates wasn't a mistake. Instead, Petrilli conjures up the argument that Duncan isn't a viable candidate because... he isn't as well known as Jim Hunt and can't help Obama win Southern states. Well, last I looked, cabinet announcements are often made after elections and aren't usually called on to help win them. No one in the real world has ever heard of Hunt or Duncan -- or knew Paige or Spellings before they were appointed. The real reason Duncan won't ultimately get the nod is that he sounds like a goofball when he talks and is a follower rather than a leader. But that doesn't mean he's not a contender.