In today’s WSJ Gerald Seib sees an opportunity for education to emerge as a bipartisan progress point in 2010. I, too, don’t think it’s out of the question that something could be accomplished but it’s going to take a real investment of capital by the President. That was the topic of a column I did in USN this past November. It’s challenging because while Seib sees bipartisanship on education, that may be through rose colored glasses given the landscape right now. Anything that is truly meaningful will necessarily be bipartisan because it loses votes on both ends of the political spectrum. Education reform still splits Democrats and the interest groups are not happy about the Race to the Top status quo right now. And it’s still unclear who among Hill Republicans will emerge as leaders willing to make a deal with Democrats to get something done. Finally, the midterm election looms large and not necessarily in a helpful way at all.
Also, in Politics Daily Sandra Fish takes a look at the Michael Bennet race in Colorado and the implications of the retirement-fest the other day. Bennet could benefit from a stronger candidate at the top of the ticket but this seems unlikely to change the fundamental dynamics he faces: Tough primary, tough general election. That too has education implications not only because Bennet’s an outstanding leader on the issue but also because, per the above, that means Republicans are unlikely to do things that help him this year.