Following her speech to the 8,000 delegates at the National Education Association Representative Assembly, Hillary Clinton received the NEA endorsement for President.
No surprise there.
She received 84% of the delegate vote.
Some friends may have thought there was a larger Bernie contingent. And maybe at one time there was. But no longer. Except for a few boo-birds when Clinton swiftly mentioned charter schools in her speech, she was warmly received.
Her endorsement vote numbers are consistent with past Democrats running for President.
Libertarian teacher union basher Mike Antonucci reported:
The margin exceeds those President Obama received initially (79.8% in 2008) and for re-election (72% in 2011), but short of the margins achieved by John Kerry (86.5% in 2004), Al Gore (89.5% in 2000), and Bill Clinton (91.5% in 1996).
As usual Antonucci is right on the facts even if he wrong on his world view.
Facebook friend Kipp Dawson reacted to a previous blog post of mine:
Well written as always, Fred.
I add this:
An appeal to the wonderful supporters of, and fighters for, our children, our world, our planet:
Hillary Clinton is not, and will not be, our champion, or even our supporter, on education — or on any other major issue facing the people of the USA or the world.
Right now, in November, and after both November and January we need, and history calls on us to continue to build, the movement’s for justice, for our children, for our planet, which hold true promise for a world all people deserve.
Let us not give in to, or be derailed by, fights around the elections that could divide our people against one another.
People who vote for Clinton because they oppose Trump’s crude and open racism, xenophobia, etc., etc. are not an enemy of social justice. People who refuse to vote for Clinton because they just can’t stomach voting for more of the same problems we, and the victims of U.S. policies around the world, struggle with — these people also are not enemies of social justice.
Our real work continues.
I would just add this.
There are plenty of progressives running for down-ticket offices that have a better chance if Trump’s candidacy does well in bringing down the Republican Party in purple and swing states.
And if on the day after the November election Trump and his Party receive a good shellacking, I will have a smile on my face.
Then I will eat a hearty breakfast to gather my energy for the fights to come.