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    Cedwyn, foufou

    the flaw in this thinking is the idea that the White House will be scared into progressive education policies by a hold out of the NEA endorsement.  

    Winning an election is all about political calculation, and I think the White House would correctly calculate that in the end it would get the NEA endorsement, regardless of a less than perfect education record, and would not be moved to re-order its priorities when it comes to political battles in a significant way.

    Like it or not, that's the kind of pragmatism that marks this administration---the belief that it cannot deliver all things to all people, and that it will prioritize accordingly, and in order to get re-elected.  And really, the most important thing this president can do for democrats is to get re-elected.  If he doesn't, any version of the democrat vision is a mute point.  Ask Jimmy Carter.

    In short, imo, holding off the NEA's endorsement would not compensate in results what it would lose in time to organize, raise money and GOTV for 2012.

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