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SECTY: Tidbits & Tirades About The Next Administration

Some thoughts (and questions) about who might be Obama's pick education secretary if he by any chance manages to win:

That Boren thing in Politico was wack.  So much for the quasi-mainstream media getting things right.  I mean, I had to look it up to make sure that guy wasn't a Republican.

Folks on the center/right who are freaking out about Darling-Hammond may only have themselves to blame, given that she's not an established political operative has less in common with Obama ideologically than many other candidates, and has no real inside track.  Self-fulfilling prophecy, anyone?

Why is it that so many education blogs go strangely silent when there's a really hot education story out there?    Two main reasons:  They don't want to admit how little they actually know.  They don't want to risk their precious access by revealing what little they know.  So much for transparency (or journalism, for that matter).

Whitney Tilson for Education Secretary! 

You heard it here first. 

Last time around for the Democrats, I'm told, there wasn't all that much intrigue about Dick Riley because he and Clinton had such a long and close working relationship as Southern Governors. Someone who is a real journalist should look that up and school us on the history.  (Not it.) 

Most people who want jobs in the Obama administration will get staff jobs, which are nothing to sneeze at.  I think a great wheeler-dealer like Jon Schnur would make a great Chief of Staff to the Secty, for example.  Amy Wilkins would make a great Assistant Secty for Congressional Affairs (though Kennedy and Miller might veto her).  USA Today's Richard Whitmire has already endorsed Andy Rotherham for the newly-proposed Office of Innovative Entrepreneurship.

The movement to support Arne Duncan has got to be nothing more than an "anything but Linda" strategy.  Ducan''s not taken very seriously, I don't get the sense. Daley would be pissed. Obama doesn't owe Duncan in any way (though Obama does owe some of his Chicago backer$).  The only way Duncan gets the job is as a neutral candidate everyone can live with publicly.

Speaking of last time, is there ANYONE involved in the current campaign's internal debates about education who has been through a transition before?  I hope so.  Besides Podesta, however,  I'm not sure there is. Scary. 

Maybe Margaret Spellings should stay on, given the crisis that's going on in America right now?  That's what Bloomberg is suggesting.  (Then again, some knucklehead in this Inside Higher Ed story thinks Riley should come back.)

Could Joel Klein abandon Bloomberg and go for the EdSec job?  He's got both DC and big-city experience, is a former Clinton appointee, and can work with Randi a lot better than many reformistas can. The NY media would have a field day, what with Bloomberg's attempt to stay in power.

How amazing that the Podesta's Center for American Progress -- originally thought of as a home for Clinton -- has become Obama central.  Then again, there are lots of folks who were for Clinton who've switched over now (Bersin, Rotherham).

Hard to imagine some fancy higher ed spot wouldn't tempt Michael Dannenberg to come back to DC from his Brooklyn aerie.  Come back, Michael! Come back! 


  Roland Fryer for head of IES.

Kudos to Inside Higher Ed for making calls and getting on the the record responses about this whole thing.  [How come the Chronicle and EdWeek can't do this?] Lots of ridiculous recommendations and predictions in there, though.


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