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Mark McKinnon: Why Iím Working With Hillary Clinton Now (McCain/Bush advisor defects)
Daily Beast ^ | Jun 14, 2013 4:45 AM EDT

Posted on 06/14/2013 11:38:15 AM PDT by drewh

As a Republican, I never expected to be working with Hillary Clinton. But, because I’ve been through the partisan microwave so many times, I care more these days about problem-solving than scoring political points (which is why I helped cofound No Labels. I care more about what works than who wins).

I’ve spent the better part of my career in politics and public policy working on and fighting for education reforms. I worked for a Texas governor in the mid-’80s who passed the infamous “No Pass, No Play” rule, which meant if a student didn’t pass their courses, they couldn’t play football. You can imagine how that went over in Texas: it got the governor un-elected.

And it was work I was doing to support charter schools in Texas that was the focus of my initial meeting with George W. Bush, who went on to enact significant charter laws as governor of Texas. I later went to work for him when he ran for reelection, then worked on his campaigns for president, where we spent a lot of time talking about "No Child Left Behind," an idea which became landmark federal education legislation.

But as I’ve recently reflected on almost 30 years of working on this issue—after the billions of dollars that have been spent and hundreds of programs and pilots that have been tried—the fact is that we have made remarkably little progress. In fact, we’ve gone backward. I was shocked to see that while some innovative charter schools that represent very poor students are sending almost 100 percent of their students to college, nearly three-quarters of them are dropping out.

Then I began reading Republican David Brooks’s columns about emerging research and science revealing the wisdom of very early intervention strategies. It is increasingly clear that if learning and nutrition strategies are implemented with very young children, they will be significantly more likely to succeed in life—and less likely to need costly remediation later.

Folks on my side of the aisle will say it is heresy to be working with Hillary Clinton. Fortunately, at this stage of my life, I don’t care. Says Brooks: “millions of parents don’t have the means, the skill, or, in some cases, the interest in building their children’s future. Early childhood education is about building structures so both parents and children learn practical life skills.”

Seems like a very conservative approach to me. Invest a little early and save lots later.

“We’ve got big challenges; our students are falling further and further behind in math and science,” says Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of the National Math + Science Initiative and the former undersecretary of education under President George W. Bush. “But we can fix it. The research shows that the early years really matter. Getting them excited. Getting them to want to learn about what’s out there. If we get it right there, hooked on either math or science, that’s huge. Not just for our kids, but for the future of our country.”

A year ago or so, I was connected with a nonprofit organization, The Next Generation, which is dedicated to precisely these issues. Since then I have been working closely with the organization’s professionals, who have been developing smart strategies on these topics.

Then a few months ago, Hillary Clinton expressed an interest in what we were doing. She wanted to learn more, which was not entirely surprising, given her early and long history of working on related issues. As she learned more about the Next Generation, we learned more about her thinking on the subject, which was insightful and intellectually penetrating. It became clear there was a lot of potential synergy and that a partnership made a lot of sense.

It pleased my conservative instincts to see Secretary Clinton’s push for a focus not on government solutions, but on personal responsibility and behavior, supported by private-sector approaches to the problem. To provide American parents with the resources they need to help their children succeed, Too Small to Fail will work to: • Promote new research on the science of children’s brain development and on the effect of early nutrition on childhood development; • Launch a personal action campaign aimed at encouraging parents and caregivers to take simple actions that are proven to improve learning and health; • Launch a private-sector action campaign designed to secure business commitments that will improve conditions for families; and • Convene childhood-development experts, parents, private-sector leaders, and other stakeholders in a major, national discussion that helps advance understanding of the science of early childhood development.

I know I’m going to take a lot of heat from some folks on my side of the aisle who will say it is heresy to be working with Hillary Clinton. Fortunately, at this stage of my life, I don’t care. More to the point, if hyper-partisans will look at these issues and the remarkable science and research surfacing now about the wisdom and efficacy of these strategies, I believe they will recognize it is the smart thing to do. It is the right thing to do. And it is the conservative thing to do.


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1 posted on 06/14/2013 11:38:15 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

$$$$


2 posted on 06/14/2013 11:39:38 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: drewh

Suprize....SUPRIZE....NOT


3 posted on 06/14/2013 11:39:57 AM PDT by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: drewh

Hopefully, he brings some of his “McCain Magic” to the Hillary campaign...


4 posted on 06/14/2013 11:41:16 AM PDT by apillar
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To: goodnesswins

Isnt this the guy who quit the McCain campaign because he couldn’t stand to critique Barry O?


5 posted on 06/14/2013 11:41:38 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

“Big Government Conservative” “RINO” “GOPe” alert!


6 posted on 06/14/2013 11:42:13 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (If you’re happy and you know it clank your chains!)
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To: drewh

This doesn’t surprise me at all. It’s all about the process of problem solving, and not the Leftist/or not fixes to the problems. Who cares about that mundane stuff anyway?

And we wonder why things go left even under our people...


7 posted on 06/14/2013 11:42:41 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Now playing... [ * * * Manchurian Candidate * * * ], limited engagement, 8 years...)
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To: drewh

Get use to saying president Clinton, again.

She will be the next president.

I predict FreeRepublic will not support the nect GOP candidate just as it’s never supported a GOP Candidate for President.


8 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:01 AM PDT by NoLibZone (None here can be puzzled by why Jews walked into the cars so quietly- we are walking up the planks.)
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To: drewh

“Seems like a very conservative approach to me. Invest a little early and save lots later. “

We said that in the 60’s. Why are we still believing that crap? The saving never happens. You just keep shoveling more and more money into the system.


9 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: drewh

He “doesn’t care”,,he says so himself,,so Clinton is the PERFECT person for him to line up with. What a scumbag!


10 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:23 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: drewh

He’s a whore, and she met his price?


11 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:33 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein)
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To: drewh
I know I’m going to take a lot of heat from some folks on my side of the aisle who will say it is heresy to be working with Hillary Clinton.

Ha! Better get your money up front honey, and don't be demand US to pay your way.

12 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:46 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: drewh

(McCain/Bush advisor defects)


I don’t consider going from McCain to Hillary being a defection. It’s kinda like a general going from Japan to Germany during WWII.


13 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:46 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: drewh

I stopped reading at...As a Republican

What a loser, the guy wears a scarf on Morning Joe that suggests he could be gay...Havent watched morning Joe for years just flipping the dial for moments at a time

MM is about as Conservative as Joe Scarborough NOT AT ALL Joe S said that Cristie is a Conservatives Conservative...LOL


14 posted on 06/14/2013 11:45:54 AM PDT by Friendofgeorge (SARAH PALIN 2016 OR BUST)
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To: drewh

Maybe the GOP should focus on Congress and not run a presidential candidate in 2016.


15 posted on 06/14/2013 11:46:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: drewh

Great move, but not for Hillary. When’s the last time this grifter rode in on a winning horse?


16 posted on 06/14/2013 11:46:46 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: austinaero

I know I’m going to take a lot of heat from some folks on my side of the aisle who will say it is heresy to be working with Hillary Clinton.

No honey,you are on the OTHER side of the aisle now,,,doesn’t matter what initial is after your name.


17 posted on 06/14/2013 11:46:53 AM PDT by austinaero
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To: Uncle Miltie

18 posted on 06/14/2013 11:46:53 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh; a fool in paradise

Mark knows winners when he sees them!


19 posted on 06/14/2013 11:47:28 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: drewh
Correction: Typo... demanding instead of demand...

I know I’m going to take a lot of heat from some folks on my side of the aisle who will say it is heresy to be working with Hillary Clinton.

Ha! Better get your money up front honey, and don't be demanding US to pay your way.

20 posted on 06/14/2013 11:48:09 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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