Iowa Democrat education forum cancelled when not a single candidate agrees to attend

posted at 12:01 pm on October 8, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

Back in August, a half dozen of the GOP presidential candidates dutifully showed up for an Iowa forum on education reform to present their plans on the issue to the voters. A similar event is scheduled for the Democrats this month. Or perhaps I should say that it was scheduled. The event is now pretty much canceled because not one of the Democrats running for the White House was willing to show up.

Democratic presidential candidates are blowing off an education forum that anchorwoman-turned-activist Campbell Brown was expected to host in Iowa this month, and Brown blames pressure from traditionally Democratic teachers unions eager to move the party away from President Barack Obama’s school reforms.

In August, six Republican candidates appeared at a New Hampshire forum sponsored by Brown’s education reform news site, The Seventy Four, along with the school choice advocacy group the American Federation for Children. Those groups had announced a similar October event for Democrats in conjunction with the Des Moines Register, but the former CNN anchor said that none of the candidates would commit to attend even in principle before last week’s deadline, and that operatives from several campaigns told her privately that the unions had urged them to stay away.

There is absolutely zero mystery as to what’s going on here. There’s no problem with the topic because Democrats simply love talking about education. It’s been one of the highlights of every campaign in recent memory, including both of Barack Obama’s runs. The real poison pills which doomed this opportunity for Iowa voters to get to know the positions of the candidates better were the name of the host and iron clad grip of the teachers unions on the party.

The event, like the GOP gathering in August, was to be hosted by Campbell Brown. You might think she would be a natural fit for such a Democrat events since she was born and raised in a Louisiana Democrat family and was a former CNN anchor. (Yes, she’s married to Dan Senor, but the heart wants what the heart wants. Such mixed political marriages are actually quite common.) She’s also been a an unflagging fighter for reforming the nation’s broken public school system, though, and that makes her persona non grata with the unions who finance most of the Democrats’ campaigns. As such, union bosses turned the screws and Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley all turned tail and slunk away.

What sort of resolve to principles does this demonstrate? Are they all truly this terrified of the physically diminutive Brown and her “radical” ideas about charter schools, vouchers and teacher rating systems? Nobody was saying that they had to come and endorse her agenda. They could have shown up and argued in favor of the status quo all they liked, pushing tenure, higher taxes and no accountability for school performance. In some ways that might have actually improved their chances of an endorsement from the unions. But instead they were given their marching orders from the forces who follow Randi Weingarten and they shut down the event entirely.

Bravery, thy name is Democrats. Just look for the union label.


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And at no point will the anchorwoman dimocrat talking point spinner-turned-activist Campbell Brown reevaluate her support for the cowards.

Flange on October 8, 2015 at 12:08 PM

Iowa Democrat education forum cancelled when not a single candidate agrees to attend


Is this a non-post about a non-event?

Or asked more directly, why would anyone who reads this site care?

PolAgnostic on October 8, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Why would dem candidates waste time on this? They’ve got all the teacher union votes in their pockets no matter what.

Marcola on October 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

That’s because the Dims prefer re-education camps

Xanatos90 on October 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Why would dem candidates waste time on this? They’ve got all the teacher union votes in their pockets no matter what.

Marcola on October 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Presumably there are many voters, especially parents, who care about the issue. Which is an proactive reason to avoid it, not merely avoiding wasting time.

Fenris on October 8, 2015 at 12:16 PM

They’ve got all the teacher union votes in their pockets no matter what.

Marcola on October 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

One of the points is that they don’t have the votes, or money, from the teacher’s unions ‘no matter what’. In order to get that support, they have to hew to the union line / agenda without deviation. That includes participating in events which call into question the agenda and positions of those teacher’s unions.

The refusal of the Democrat candidates to appear represents their surrender and subservience to the teacher’s unions and their agenda (which is not focused on educating America’s youth).

Athos on October 8, 2015 at 12:20 PM

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davidk on October 8, 2015 at 12:26 PM

Yes. Democrats love to talk about education – as long as tax payers are forced to funnel tax dollars into the government monopolies called ‘publuc schools’, which are little more than thinly disquised jobs programs for adults.

locomotivebreath1901 on October 8, 2015 at 12:41 PM

I always turn to the teachers’ unions when I need to hear a good joke: “it’s about the kids.”

Excellent117 on October 8, 2015 at 1:31 PM

What sort of resolve to principles does this demonstrate?

…it’s so cute that you are still under the delusion that Left-Tards actually have principles…

Pelosi Schmelosi on October 8, 2015 at 2:03 PM

And the Des Moines Register hasn’t said a thing about it. Of course, they wrote multiple stories criticizing the Republicans who talked about their plans. But this? Meh. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

Darin on October 8, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Nobody was saying that they had to come and endorse her agenda. They could have shown up and argued in favor of the status quo all they liked, pushing tenure, higher taxes and no accountability for school performance.

Nobody has the political skills to pull that off.

Ukiah on October 8, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Brave Sir RobinBernie ran away.
Bravely ran away, away!
When danger reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir RobinBernie turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.
Bravely taking to his feet
He beat a very brave retreat,
Bravest of the brave, Sir RobinBernie!

WaldoTJ on October 8, 2015 at 3:58 PM

They just use education to bash Republicans. Nothing of substance. Which is what the Teachers want to hear, substance. Hah, the union will still block vote for the demons anyway.

jake49 on October 8, 2015 at 5:13 PM

As we can see from 2 Obama elections, a useless Marxist and an avowed Communist heading up the party’s ticket and an electorate too stupid to see the ramifications…the leftist run education system is working perfectly. Why change it now?

AppraisHer on October 8, 2015 at 9:56 PM

Why would dem candidates waste time on this? They’ve got all the teacher union votes in their pockets no matter what.

Marcola on October 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

It might be more accurate to say the teacher unions have the Dem candidates in their pockets.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 9, 2015 at 12:36 PM