Last night AFT Randi Weingarten had some explaining to do.
Both national teacher unions decided to make early no-strings endorsements of Hillary Clinton. For the second week in a row it looks like they bet on the wrong horse.
Last night in New Hampshire Sanders beat Hillary by more than 20%.
Weingarten ran to Twitter.
I posted this tweet on Facebook.
It was met with mocking and angry responses from many of my AFT friends.
Weingarten might just as well blame Clinton’s loss on Bernie’s lock on the socialist, secular Jewish voting bloc in New Hampshire.
Many of us questioned Randi’s claim that Bernie was hugely outspent in New Hampshire given that Clinton has raised millions from her friends in the donor class.
Randi commented back.
Fred-you’ll see the spending in NH…Bernie won big tonite-I still think is is the person who can get things done… One would have thought the Bernie supporters would be gracious in victory tonite:)
We may well see. But we don’t see it now. The claim of Clinton being hugely outspent is a claim without evidence.
Both unions endorsed Hillary based on two related arguments.
Her election was inevitable and we should be in at the beginning so that we can be at the table to influence her political positions.
Both justifications have been shown to be wrong.
Her nomination is not inevitable. It is very much in doubt.
And whatever turn towards progressive politics she might be making is in response to the power of the Sanders base – young and female – that is showing up in Iowa, New Hampshire and in the polls. Sanders is ahead, even or close in many national polls.