He noted that when Newsweek asked Oprah Winfrey why she went to South Africa and not south Chicago to open a girls school, she responded: I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isnt there. If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they dont ask for money or toys, they ask for uniforms so they can go to school.
Wow. He does get it. Well, I think a lot of pols get it but few will say it. Even Newt is being nuanced, but he's saying it here...the schools are bad for 2 reasons, one that a lot of conservatives will say publicly, and one that they won't:
1. Unions and bureaucracy (most will admit this)
2. The kids themselves have no willingness to learn. (Newt hasn't said it quite this bluntly but has alluded to it)
So, considering the demographics that now compose this nation of 18 year old and up voters, this is going to get Gingrich elected how?