Homework at Virginia school: Do some oppo research on Republicans but not on Obama

posted at 4:40 pm on March 22, 2012 by Allahpundit

The bad news: This is a brazen bit of political indoctrination. The good news: The class is now more or less qualified for work in America’s mainstream media. If you’re going to push your politics on kids, at least teach ‘em a trade.

He may or may not have also told them to send their research to Obama’s campaign. Another useful journalistic skill — learning to coordinate with Democrats for professional gain and the advancement of the cause. In a world of high Hopenchange unemployment, shouldn’t we congratulate this guy for looking out for his students’ bottom line?

“This assignment was just creepy beyond belief — like something out of East Germany during the Cold War,” one frustrated father, who asked for his family to remain anonymous, told The Daily Caller.

The assignment was for students to research the backgrounds and positions of each of the GOP candidates for president and find “weaknesses” in them, the parent explained. From there, students were to prepare a strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign…

No similar assignment was given to research Obama’s history, identify his weaknesses or pass them along to the Republican candidates…

[Fairfax County Public School system spokesman John] Torre explained that Principal Dr. Catherine Cipperly, who refused to comment, discussed the matter with Denman, citing that students should have been given a choice to research candidates from either major party.

I’m guessing that Team O is already sufficiently well stocked with oppo people that it doesn’t need help from the JV, but any competitive organization knows that it’s always worth scouting promising young talent. And speaking of vetting The One, go read the 1995 interview that Team Breitbart dug up in which an ambitious young redistributionist muses about how the top five percent control all of America’s wealth while the rest of us get “bitter” and look for “scapegoats” among each other. Say this for the guy: If nothing else, at least he’s consistent. (Except when it’s politically inconvenient.) Exit question: Time for OWS to start demagoging “the five percent” instead?


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Obama Scout Troop 231, you can earn your Attack Watch!!! and Oppo Research badges.

portlandon on March 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Mmm mmm mmm…..

tdpwells on March 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

It’s Supernerd!

Ward Cleaver on March 22, 2012 at 4:44 PM

The bad news: This is a brazen bit of political indoctrination. The good news: The class is now more or less qualified for work in America’s mainstream media. If you’re going to push your politics on kids, at least teach ‘em a trade.

AP, at his best, very cutting and courageous. Raise s/b considered.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Just part of the brainwashing Eric Holder said we needed to do.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Must not question The Reich.

viking01 on March 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Inform on your parents! You will be rewarded!

search4truth on March 22, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Their papers are not in order.

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The entire budget for the US public school system should be charged to the Obama campaign.

zmdavid on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Principal Dr. Catherine Cipperly, who refused to comment,

Another educated idiot that should be looking for a job.

Possibly in a re-education camp.

GarandFan on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

And these turds have the audacity to talk about “fairness”?

NapaConservative on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ok, Kids. Here’s some forms to fill out on your parents. Observe them for 3 months and fill in the data as appropriate. Now this is going to be a “surprise” for them at the end of the school year, so don’t tell them anything about this assignment.

Those kids whose parents voted for Dear Leader will be excused and assigned to help another student with their project.

TugboatPhil on March 22, 2012 at 4:48 PM

If this teacher and principal doesn’t have parents crawling up every single orifice they have because of this, we’re doomed.

I weep for the future.

Meople on March 22, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The One, go read the 1995 interview that Team Breitbart dug up in which an ambitious young redistributionist muses about how the top five percent control all of America’s wealth while the rest of us get “bitter” and look for “scapegoats” among each other.

He meant “the Jews”.

If only they would see him the way he is, and show him a big finger.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I’m going to give the teacher the benefit of the doubt. He probably realized that looking for Obama’s weaknesses would have been too easy.

backwoods conservative on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

“You are all Over-reacting!”

-Ann Coulter-Romney

portlandon on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Perhaps Mr. Denman should have some oppo research conducted upon him. I’m sure there’s things he’d rather his employer not know.

bloviator on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“Why does this matter?” I can’t believe anyone would seriously ask that question.

You’re pretty slow, aren’t you?

UltimateBob on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Listen to turd4life, if dems do this it doesn’t matter.

Hypocricy 101

NapaConservative on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Hey c’mon, kids aren’t going to destroy their own future and Liberty on their own don’t ya know.

They need a little help from the teachers… indoctrination officers from the National Socialist Left.

Chip on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Just more proof of your own indoctinated existence. Why would it be wrong for a teacher to push a pro-Obama agenda? You’ve experienced that your whole life.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

You’re pretty slow, aren’t you?

UltimateBob on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

You should apologize…for insulting the very slow.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Obama youth? Adolf would be proud!

angrymike on March 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

USSA

USSA

USSA

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Where are we at…that when people speak out about what the establishment is doing…they have to ask to remain anonymous?

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

“You are all Over-reacting!”

-Ann Coulter-Romney

portlandon on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Hmmmm, have the Mormons brought back bigamy? Makes you wonder in this case.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Ed, Tina, Allah, can you please throw down the ban hammer on this bigoted troll?

jawkneemusic on March 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

The irony is that these kids will do a far more thorough job vetting the 2012 Republican candidates than the media did with Obama in 2007-08.

exlibris on March 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

You should apologize…for insulting the very slow.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Heh. You’re right. Even a slow person would eventually see what’s wrong with this assignment.

UltimateBob on March 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Obama 2012: Using your kids as slave labor to get re-elected.

Socratease on March 22, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The irony is that these kids will do a far more thorough job vetting the 2012 Republican candidates than the media did with Obama in 2007-08.

exlibris on March 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Or in 2009, 2010, 2011, ……

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM

KOOLAID2
Nail on the head, why remain anonymous?
If it was my kid, my name would be all over the news.
III

angrymike on March 22, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Reminds me of the outdoor school scene from “Serenity”.

Bishop on March 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well, that depends on which “poll” you believe. There have only been 3 polls done in VA in March, and one of them (Marist) has to be discarded as it’s an outlier (it shows O’bama beating Romney in VA by twice as much as the other two say).

But 2 of the 4 polls done in February in VA showed Romney beating O’bama in Virginia, and neither of the organizations that did those 2 polls (CNN and Roanoake College) have released any updates of those polls in over a month.

Two Polls do not an election make, especially this far out.

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

…well it matters!…because you are going to get another F in that class… bigot brain!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Take away the class’s laptops and give them all Etch-A-Sketches.

profitsbeard on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Obama youth? Adolf would be proud!

Ja! Next assignment: students will research the backgrounds and positions of each of their neighbors probing for Tea Party, NRA,GOP and/or other conservative links and find “weaknesses”.

The following assignment: Parents.

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

What’s next? Students throwing poo at the 1% of top grade earners? I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: if you value your child’s education and his/her future, then take them out of public schools. Put them in private school or home school them.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Plus, Gov. McDonnell will very likely be the VP choice.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Kind of like islamists: Using children to do their dirty work, and hiding behind them when it is time to ‘pay the butcher’s bill’.

LegendHasIt on March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 4:50 PM

A perfect crystallization of the center-right’s battered wife syndrome. Or, more accurately I guess, cuckolded-by-a-crazy- girlfriend-that-everyone-else-knows-is-going-to-keep-cheating-on-him-but-he’ll-keep-doing-whatever-she-asks-regardless-of-his-own-ruin syndrome.

exlibris on March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Heh “do your neighbors drink tea?…”well, yes”

“They must be enemies of the state”.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. Give us the child for 8 years and it will be a Bolshevik forever. –Vladimir Stalin

SD Tom on March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Obama youth? Adolf would be proud!

As would Stalin – Obama Young Pioneers!

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 5:01 PM

To be filed in “Things you wont read about at NPR”

DJ Rick on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Creepy yes, surprising? No.

Bmore on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

“Ok kids, next you will each provide the names of 5 people who are acting subversively against the State. These can be neighbors, friends, even family.”

Bishop on March 22, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Looks like Obama starts early like the Hitler Youth Movement did. Look for uniforms and marchs and songs next.

logicman_1998 on March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Ed, Tina, Allah, can you please throw down the ban hammer on this bigoted troll?

jawkneemusic on March 22, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Allah and Ed are very patient and will not ban someone unless there is a serious offense. But don’t worry, all annoying liberal trolls do eventually get banned, because they simply can’t help themselves. The best you can do right now is ignore them, copy their stupid comments, and then paste them later when reality demonstrably shows them to be the buffoons they are.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

SD Tom on March 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Billy Ayers learned that one all too well. Sow, reap. Some assembly required.

Rixon on March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

libtard4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You guys are so predictable it’s not even funny anymore. I used to laugh at your convoluted thought processes. Now I just pity you.

Why does honesty, integrity and unbiased research matter you say? Just asking that question proves you are incapable of understanding the answer..

HotAirian on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Heh “do your neighbors drink tea?…”well, yes”

“They must be enemies of the state”.

Correct me, if I am wrong, but many neighbors of Russian “Young Pioneers” disappeared in the dark of night for less.

Just sayin’

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

You just know that the MSM, the unions, all of academia, Hollywood, and Democrats everywhere see nothing wrong with this at all…

… and it is perfectly acceptable behavior.

But if it was done against Obowma…

… it would be time for a civil war.

Seven Percent Solution on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Pravda has more credibility than the American press of today.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

By the way, I think you meant either Vladimir Lenin or Joe Stalin. Meh, what’s the diff?

Rixon on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Congrats! You have officially been promoted to Hot Air Troll.

Try saying something constructive and you might be able to get another label.

scotash on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Why does this matter? Obama is winning the state come November.

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

How about: “He is beating the Jew in every poll in VA”? Or “the Muslim”? Let’s switch it around: “Romney is beating the black liberation theologist in every poll.” Would you be happy with that?

I agree with jawkneemusic, why is this person still here?

Erich66 on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Indeed, I was with ya, not against you.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Truth-Watch-Youth.

Were “Brown Shirts” issued?

Tim_CA on March 22, 2012 at 5:06 PM

I agree with jawkneemusic, why is this person still here?

Erich66 on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

She generates lots of traffic, while she hates Capitalism. It’s as thick as molasses, the irony…

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Looks like Obama starts early like the Hitler Youth Movement did. Look for uniforms and marchs and songs next.

logicman_1998 on March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Heck, the kids are already being taught songs about how wonderful Obama is.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Were “Brown Shirts” issued?

Nah, Green. It’s the new Brown!

hawkeye54 on March 22, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I am kind of stuck between ROTFLMAO at the sheer audacity of this and actually being outraged at the fact that schools are nothing more than indoctrination centers for leftards. I talked to a teacher a few months back and expressed to her that schools that school seemed to have gotten dumbed down quite a bit from what I remember in the 80′s. She absolutely agreed.

Southernblogger on March 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

But don’t worry, all annoying liberal trolls do eventually get banned, because they simply can’t help themselves. The best you can do right now is ignore them, copy their stupid comments, and then paste them later when reality demonstrably shows them to be the buffoons they are.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well, some don’t get banned, they just disappear:

Welcome to the right side of the issue. I hope you’ll stay with us in the future.

crr6 on June 18, 2011 at 2:38 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

I agree with jawkneemusic, why is this person still here?

Erich66 on March 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

As a reminder.

There’s truly nothing better to affirm your political beleifs than watching an unhinged, lib-tard hypocrite unchained.

As long as the moron isn’t obscene, it’s a valuable teaching tool and provides insight into the disturbed, logic-free liberal mind.

Tim_CA on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

This is what passes for teaching in todays schools.

pat on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Tar.
Feathers.

If that does not work, the people of that town should escalate to street lamps and rope.

SilverDeth on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

As a reminder.

There’s truly nothing better to affirm your political beleifs than watching an unhinged, lib-tard hypocrite unchained.

As long as the moron isn’t obscene, it’s a valuable teaching tool and provides insight into the disturbed, logic-free liberal mind.

Tim_CA on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

I completely agree.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Today’s lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremists have resurrected a key program of indoctrination used by the National Socialism rulers of the Third Reich called the Hitler-Jugend (Hitler Youth), abbreviated HJ. The HJ were viewed as future “Aryan supermen” – i.e., leaders of the National Socialism party – and were indoctrinated in anti-Semitism. One aim was to instill the motivation that would enable HJ members to fight faithfully for the Third Reich and its warped ideology. —All this is very similar to the current approach of the socialist teachers union – schools are NOT about learning, they are captive audiences for INDOCTRINATION in anti-America hatred, BIG GOVERNMENT supremacy, no freedom of speech for anybody that disagrees with them and promotion of the unrestrained greed of public-sector unions.

TeaPartyNation on March 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I want to make a distinction here. There’s Virginia and then there’s Northern Virginia. Fairfax is part of Northern Virginia and not related to the rest of the state. It’s what you’d expect from Northern Virginia.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Take away the class’s laptops and give them all Etch-A-Sketches.

profitsbeard on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

That is the Richard Santorum approved approach. He set the example.

http://a.yfrog.com/img877/2138/l78wm.jpg

Go Richard.

Gunlock Bill on March 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Heh. crr6 was a rare case where her comments became such an albatross around her neck that she just slinked away.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Tar.
Feathers.

If that does not work, the people of that town should escalate to street lamps and rope.

SilverDeth on March 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

A lot of the people in that town will applaud that teacher. Sad but true.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

“Today we will learn how the blue plastic bag can be utilized in many situations, such as punishing those who aren’t revolutionary enough.”

Bishop on March 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Bannings s/b extremely rare. They are a sign if iliberalism, something only the lefties practice. See Media Matters, just today.

Keep your enemies very close. The wish to destroy you and your families.

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA

Not surprising since the majority are sucking on the government’s teat.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

They wish to destroy you…

Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Not surprising since the majority are sucking on the government’s teat.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Care to expand on that a little.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Government Schools will turn out robots meant to serve Government.

wildcat72 on March 22, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Heh. crr6 was a rare case where her comments became such an albatross around her neck that she just slinked away.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

crr6 is going by Sandra Fluke now.

wildcat72 on March 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

But 2 of the 4 polls done in February in VA showed Romney beating O’bama in Virginia, and neither of the organizations that did those 2 polls (CNN and Roanoake College) have released any updates of those polls in over a month.

Two Polls do not an election make, especially this far out.

Del Dolemonte on March 22, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Dude come on. When Romney was up in polls in late 2011, you guys were saying look at the polls, look at the polls, Rommey is electable.

Now the polls say a landslide win for Obama and all of a sudden polls don’t mean anything.

Latest VA poll has Romney losing by 8%. Now of course the auto reply from Mittbots will be “RIGGED, BIASED POLL”. Keep in mind though that same poll gives the Rep. governor of VA 55% approval which is I think the highest approval of any governor right now.

angryed on March 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Dang, I wish Breitbart were alive. Maybe BOR will get ahold of this story.

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Dang, I wish Breitbart were alive. Maybe BOR will get ahold of this story.

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Limbaugh was all over it today.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Is the media or labor unions this damn lazy where they need students to perform the work for them?

Kingfisher on March 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

He is beating the Mormon in every poll in VA
liberal4life on March 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Wow. You seem to be a bit obsessed with Romney’s religion. Or were you saying Obummer is beating Jon Huntsman?

KS Rex on March 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Gutfeld is reporting on this now (The 5).

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

They wish to destroy you…
Schadenfreude on March 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Which is why they should be treated as little better than cockroaches.

bbinfl on March 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Gutfield is doing a rant on this right now.

Cindy Munford on March 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

These brainwashers need to be exposed publicly.

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 5:30 PM

crr6 is going by Sandra Fluke now.

wildcat72 on March 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Hmmmm.

Weight of Glory on March 22, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Latest VA poll has Romney losing by 8%. Now of course the auto reply from Mittbots will be “RIGGED, BIASED POLL”. Keep in mind though that same poll gives the Rep. governor of VA 55% approval which is I think the highest approval of any governor right now.

angryed on March 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

How do you think VA. will go in November? Skroo the polls what’s your gut say? Speaking as a Virginian I’ll tell you that my gut feeling is that our present governor is a lot more popular than that poll says. He’d be a shoo in for re-election if he wasn’t term limited.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Have you ever got that deep gut feeling of wanting to barf after reading or seeing something disgusting. Well I’m there.

DDay on March 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

these darned commie kids! don’t they know they are supposed to be educated by radio talk show hosts like real Amuuuricans?!

DBear on March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Care to expand on that a little

Sure, for the past two years the press has repeatedly reported on the explosive growth of government “employees” and the resulting explosive population growth of northern Virginia and related growth of homes and real estate values. Since I doubt that most of the new government “employees” are there to work for the RNC but are there now working for Obama’s machine that they will vote with their wallets and protect their jobs.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

these darned commie kids! don’t they know they are supposed to be educated by radio talk show hosts like real Amuuuricans?!

DBear on March 22, 2012 at 5:37 PM

^^^ idiot. In other words, another fine representive of the communist left.

darwin on March 22, 2012 at 5:40 PM

From there, students were to prepare a strategy paper to exploit those weaknesses and then to send their suggestions to the Obama campaign…

Considering the immature talent Obama has right now (e.g. Biden, Geithner, Carney, Axelrod, Chu) I would say this move is a step up in brainpower.

Kingfisher on March 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Limbaugh was all over it today.

Oldnuke on March 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Gutfeld is reporting on this now (The 5).

Philly on March 22, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Good! I am glad this is at least getting some national attention. These people need to be exposed to the nation, and they need to continue to be exposed.
And pray that the parents of the kids in this school will not just wring their hands at this indoctrination(if they even care), but will do something about it.

Sterling Holobyte on March 22, 2012 at 5:46 PM

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