Friday, January 20, 2017

John Thompson: A 'grizzly' scene: Democrat senators devour DeVos - NonDoc

A 'grizzly' scene: Democrat senators devour DeVos - NonDoc:

A ‘grizzly’ scene: Democrat senators devour DeVos


This past week, President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees seemed to be competing for the honor of having the weirdest confirmation hearings.
Although former Texas Gov. Rick Perry beat out current Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin for the title of Most Bizarre Potential Appointee some time ago, the recent combination of good ol’ Okie science deniers Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Sen. Jim Inhofe provided some surrealistic moments in Pruitt’s nomination hearing to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
As the week began, my hope was that President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education would embarrass herself the most — perhaps to the point where even Republicans would reject her.
Alas, it would take quite a fiasco to persuade 10 of the 12 Republican senators who have been funded by Betsy DeVos or her family to convince a majority of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to reject her.
But DeVos, the Amway heiress who sees school choice as a way to “advance God’s Kingdom” to “greater Kingdom gain,” may have actually pulled it off.

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Although the questioning of Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) failed to produce the belly laughs we might have hoped for from a former Saturday Night Live cast member, he still managed to elicit a stunner from DeVos.
She touts her decades of education advocacy — a movement preoccupied with data-driven accountability — but apparently DeVos doesn’t even know the difference between A 'grizzly' scene: Democrat senators devour DeVos - NonDoc: