Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Realignment Watch

The Huckster secures the endorsement of the teachers' union. Not that long ago, an endorsement by the NEA would have been a mark of shame for any Republican candidate. And so we see the logical nexus between evangelicism and big government increasingly rear its ugly head. Meanwhile, it's worth pointing out that the NEA avoided endorsing Obama on the Dems' side, choosing instead to stick with the establishment choice, Clinton. This may have something to do with the fact that Obama has endorsed merit pay, don't you think?

So, to recap: you have the logical future of the Republican Party receiving the endorsement of the teachers' unions and making arguments for "fair trade" over "free trade," while at the same time you have the logical future of the Democratic Party endorsing merit pay. A distinct realignment seems increasingly likely over the next election cycle, no?

As I said earlier this week:

But the prospect of a Huckabee/Hillary or Huckabee/Obama race raises all sorts of interesting possibilities. One such possibility is the effective end of the Republican party as the limited-government party and, ironically, the beginning of the end of the Democratic party as the party of big government economics.