SECTY: Tidbits & Tirades About The Next Administration

Some thoughts (and questions) for those of you who are so inclined about who might be Obama's pick education secretary if he by any chance manages to win:

That Borenthing 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-Hammondmay 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 silentwhen 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 Rileybecause 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 Wilkinswould 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 Spellingsshould 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 Kleinabandon 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.

Cross-posted from TWIE.

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