12/05/2006

Vouchers & Smoking In The Democratic Presidential Field

There's been lots of news this week about Barack Obama as a Democratic candidate for President, including this big NYT piece about how Obama's relative youth frees him up from some of the burdens of older candidates (aka, Hilary). For educationistas, that translates into Obama taking somewhat bolder positions than Kerry and Gore and other Dems have in the past (think vouchers). What really may hold him back, however, is that he's a smoker -- a habit that I think will hurt him more than any "unpopular" position on education he might take.

3 Comments:

Anonymous virginia said...

Now CIGarettes might hurt him, but in that picture he's clearly smoking a spliff. Which is OK, right, so long as you don't do it within a certain distance of a school?

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Alan said...

Parroting some timeworn axiom about smoking and how it might be a problem appears to be just filler and a headline grabber, come on, just because this is an education blog. I expect some thing more. If you are going to bring it up, say something about it that might at least be persuasive!
I link to your writing regularly and with interest but trite comments, no thank you. Alan.

8:32 AM  
Blogger Alexander Russo said...

given my limited abilities tampering with pictures, that could be pretty much anything -- a cigarette, a lollipop, or a joint. must get paintshop.

as for the substance of the post, i don't think it's all that trite to point out that obama's smoking -- not known to many -- might interfere with his presidential candidacy more than his position on vouchers. this being a blog, i'll leave it to others to flesh out the argument.

1:48 PM  

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