Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Indiana GOP Leaders Losing Ever-loving Mind??

Last night, teachers and friends of public education sent one of the most powerful Indiana Superintendents of Public Instruction in state history home with a huge upset loss.

Democrat Glenda Ritz was given a mandate in this referendum on outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tony Bennett, and Indiana's education reform.  Unfortunately, it appears that Governor-Elect Mike Pence and Indiana General Assembly leaders have failed to receive the message.

Indy Politics founder Abdul-Hakim Shabazz spent most of the day reporting and spinning on his Facebook page that the new supermajorities in the Indiana General Assembly will soon set their sights on reducing the power of the Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction and continuing with the education reforms rammed roughshod through the legislature over the last couple of years.

It's another example of the vindictive nature of the Indiana GOP.  They are already so power drunk that they are completely ignoring the message voters powerfully sent to them by defeating Bennett, the face, voice, and heart of the reform.

Every Hoosier teacher and public education advocate must remain vigilant in this process.  We are in a dangerous situation here.  The Republicans do have a supermajority, and there's no way to stop anything they might wish to do.  That's why Hoosiers need to stand with the person they elected.  Defend Glenda Ritz and allow her to keep the powers that a Superintendent of Public Instruction has been granted over the years.

If Republicans continue down this road, it's important to hold them accountable at the ballot box in 2014 and 2016.  The light of day needs to be shined on this underhanded, vindictive, and vengeful plan by the Indiana Republican leadership.

I think the following quote from the classic, Hoosiers, sums this one up:
"Look, mister, there's... two kinds of dumb, uh... guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don't matter, the second one you're kinda forced to deal with."

To all of you in the General Assembly wishing to pooh pooh what happened last night, teachers still vote, and they have tons of former students and allies.  Just remember that when you're dealing with education policy.  Your Richard Mourdock-like "inflicting your opinion on others" mentality is exactly what voters rejected last night.  Don't forget that.  If you do, just ask Dr. Bennett about November 6, 2012.


Anonymous said...

From what I can tell, 2,420,496 votes were cast in the election for this race. Of which, Ritz won by only 135,190, or around 6% of the total vote. You claim this as a "mandate." To me, using that words meaning "do whatever the hell she wants." Then you turn around and criticize the GOP for using their mandate to basically do whatever the hell they want.

We can't have it both ways. We can't claim a leader has a "mandate," at least under my definition of it, if they don't win by at least 66% of the vote, if not more. When a huge % of voters didn't vote for you, running wild will only alienate those people further. This is something both parties have to watch out for. In order for use to have a successful country, we don't need 40%+ of the population to just give up and not care anymore.

kris said...

dearest anonymous (if that's your real name!)

by some accounts, ritz got more votes than pence. you can't just look at the race's numbers and percentages.

in context, this is a HUGE win. i believe she's the first dem in 40 years. she had a relatively small campaign, and no name recognition. i would call the voters' rejection of bennett a mandate.

and i think it's telling that you think a mandate means "doing whatever the hell you want." we certainly see this philosophy borne out in republican controlled legislatures.

i also think that if pence and co. don't see ritz as being able to affect any change, then why don't they abolish the position? they're saying ritz won't matter which means to me the position doesn't matter. and by extension, bennett didn't matter.

Anonymous said...

Having an incumbent Republican, with superior money AND name recognition (c'mon, it's TONY BENNETT), beaten in this state by 135 votes would be considered a major coup in any year. If this isn't considered at least a very clear reflection of the electorates' wishes (if not a mandate), I'm at a loss to define what qualifies. I guess we'll see what the GOP's definition of "democracy" really is. BTW, Ritz did get more votes then Pence. Hell, she oughta be governor.