For all the celebrating that Democrats are doing with the so-called “blue wave” that they seeing cresting across the country, they may want to take a look in the mirror. This weekend’s Democratic Assembly demonstrated how deeply divided the Democratic Party is. The most obvious symbol of this division was the attempt by those on the far left to get the party to resolve to ask Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) to drop the Democrats from its name.
DFER isn’t some astroturf group, but, instead, is a group that cares deeply about ensuring that kids have the best education possible – even if it means going around the teachers union. And, isn’t that the crux of this issue? The teachers union wants to thwart the reform movement because it undermines union control over our education system.
What’s particularly telling about this entire episode is Democrats’ rejection of former Colorado legislators. In rejecting the Democrat in DFER, are Democrats who attended the Assembly saying that former Lieutenant Governor Barbara O’Brien isn’t a Democrat? What about former Democratic President of the Senate Peter Groff? Or, what about Democratic former Speaker of the House Terrance Carroll? Are these three, who all sit on the national board of DFER, not actually Democrats?
If support for education reform means you can’t be in the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party is in a lot of trouble and has shifted too far to the left. But you didn’t need us to tell you that, PeakNation™.