March 8, 2012 | Posted At: 01:15 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: Campaign 2012 , Parents & Parenting , Teachers, Teaching, Unions
Campaign 2012: Democrats Struggle To Deal With Trigger
here.) Of course, this isn't the first time a great-sounding but perhaps unwise or simplistic idea has created problems for lawmakers because it attracts so much public attention. Think smaller class sizes, universal preschool, zero tolerance for anyone bringing a gun to school, raising the mandatory attendance age. But the trigger is likely to be one of very few education-related issues to get any attention in the 2012 election cycle. If asked, it's hard to imagine Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney being against it. Some Democratic lawmakers -- Miller and (still unconfirmed) Emanuel -- have already come out in favor. So where will Barack Obama be on this, as well as the rest of the Democratic Caucus? Nobody seems to know. The teachers unions won't like it if Democratic candidates support the trigger, but then again they don't have anywhere to go and it's hard to imagine them running against Democrats who support the trigger given all the other things they're already dealing with.