The Jeffersonian: Politicks, Sports, and Culture

Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I was for vouchers before I was against them.
- Carole Keeton Mclellan Rylander Strayhorn

That's what it boils down to. One Dem-turned-Republican-turned-Independent's 'float with the prevailing political winds' philosophy. Break out the windsail pictures again. $100,000 cash donations by uber-voucher advocate Jaimes Leininger and his signature as a guarantor on a $950,000 loan to her campaign. One endorsment by the TSTA.

The problem with Strayhorn's "belief" as to why she doesn't support school vouchers anymore is that it rests solely on Rick Perry's mismanagement- not on any core, ideological conviction that they are inherently wrong. If Rick Perry used even 1/10th of his brainpower to lead this state and not on political maneuvers we wouldn't be in this position. If that was the case, Strayhorn would still be running for Governor and she would be an whole-hearted advocate for vouchers. In other words, she's not necessarily the person you want to be throwing your support behind if your cause is better public schools.

Wealthy James Leininger or a group of teachers whose political leadership has sold them out. When push comes to shove, who do you think she'll line up behind?