In One Eye

Friday, April 15, 2005
Here's a follow-up to the post immediately below.
Leaders from the state's largest teachers' unions, school superintendents and boards of education, along with a number of state lawmakers and municipal leaders announced Thursday they totally back Blumenthal's planned lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education over the wide-ranging education law and its mandates.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell, on the other hand, has taken one step back from the crowd.

Although the Republican governor helped arrange a meeting Monday between state Commissioner of Education Betty J. Sternberg and U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings, Rell indicated Thursday a lawsuit may be premature and Blumenthal too aggressive, too early.

"I'm a firm believer in having a dialogue before we go another route," Rell told reporters in the Capitol. "It's time to tone the rhetoric down."
Boy, if anything demonstrates the milk-and-cookies approach of our governor toward politics, it's surely sentiments like this one.

It's not as if a dialogue hasn't already occurred wherein state Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg tried to be reasonable with federal Education Secretary Spellings. The latter would have none of it, so it became necessary to go this litigious route.

Moreover, the tone of Spellings's comments on The NewsHour last Thursday clearly showed that no compromise will be forthcoming from the feds. And the June Cleaver of Connecticut politics wants to have a dialogue with her fellow Republican Spellings.

Of course, when it comes to bickering with the state's Democrats, then Governor Clubwoman is willing to draw a line in the sand.