Uh oh, things must be worse on the campaign trail than it appears if the “they’re going to abolish the Department of Education” gambit is being unleashed by Dem candidates. This is the Hail Mary of Democratic education politics and it rarely works. In fact, sizable numbers of Republicans have been elected in the face of this tactic some years.
In general it doesn’t work because – despite the rhetoric education – doesn’t move a lot of voters by itself in national elections. And this year, in particular, the big issue is jobs, jobs, and also jobs. Don’t tell them this in Rockefeller Plaza, but right now education ranks very low in polls where Americans are asked to name issues of greatest concern.