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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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To: cuban leaf

LOL. I agree, but the press will milk this for the stupid voter (I don’t like low info voter it is too PC).


21 posted on 06/14/2013 11:49:08 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: drewh

What a gigantic pile of self-serving BS.


22 posted on 06/14/2013 11:49:44 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: drewh

This guy is an idiot. Hillary is worse than Obama as she is a conniver. The woman makes the ingenuity of Wile E. Coyote look lame when it comes to creating scenarios that fall apart, but in her case always somebody else has to clean up her messes.

There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary is responsible for the scenario that became Fast & Furious. There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary had say in the scenario that became Behghazi. There is no doubt in my mind that Hillary dreamed up the IRS scam. She’s diabolical. She’s manipulative, and totally Marxist. She as a President would be far worse than what we have simply because she would be covered at her every move by the gentlemanly never hit on a female standard, the media, and her uncanny ability to make blatant lies forgiveable.

Hillary must never see the WH as her residence ever again.


23 posted on 06/14/2013 11:49:59 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: drewh

Anything other than a Cattleman 65 crease is a joke.


24 posted on 06/14/2013 11:50:08 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: goodnesswins

I agree. He was never good for Bush and I think a number of us commented on that here. But poor GWB was so darn trusting of expertise that he let people he had hired totally betray him.


25 posted on 06/14/2013 11:50:16 AM PDT by livius
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To: drewh

The One Party System stikes again.


26 posted on 06/14/2013 11:51:27 AM PDT by Bizhvywt
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To: drewh
Then I began reading Republican David Brooks’s

A loving bromance, so appropriate.

27 posted on 06/14/2013 11:51:32 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: drewh
She will co-opt the program and turn it into her re-education camp. What conservative would trust a Democrat when it comes to the education of our children? This guy is a dumbass.


28 posted on 06/14/2013 11:51:43 AM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Resolute Conservative

29 posted on 06/14/2013 11:53:01 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh

Mark’s many boyfriends would be wise to insist that he be checked for rectal syphilis at least once a week.


30 posted on 06/14/2013 11:53:27 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: drewh
It pleased my conservative instincts to see Secretary Clinton’s push for a focus not on government solutions...

Yep, she is a real champion of limited government and the rule of law. I don't know why she doesn't run as a Republican.

31 posted on 06/14/2013 11:53:32 AM PDT by Kandy Atz ("Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want for bread.")
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To: drewh
Oh, great! We're gonna spend the years 2017-2025 searching for Hildegarde's missing birth certificate (as everyone knows she was born in the waning hours of WWII inside a Berlin bunker, to be rescued by American GIs, a tag glued to her chest pocket with a sign reading "HELLO I'M Hildegarde Braun" to be later adopted by kindly childless Chicago couple, the Ro.)


32 posted on 06/14/2013 11:54:53 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: drewh
"...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)..."

TOOL.

33 posted on 06/14/2013 11:55:08 AM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: Revolting cat!
No wonder McCain lost!


34 posted on 06/14/2013 11:56:02 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
Uh, he has been working for Hillary for at least the last six years.

And he has done a great job for her these last six years it would seem.

The big change here is now, after all these years, he finally gets to actually work WITH her, not just for her.

And he has a great track record too.

He has been on the winning side for the last two elections

Republicans are so stupid it surprises me that they can remember to breathe.

I think it must be a requirement to run for any office higher than dog catcher. The higher the office more stupid you have to be

It was obvious as early as late summer 2008 this guy was a ringer for the Democrats sent to torpedo the Republican Presidential nominee. The only question left unanswered is whether or not the nominee was a ringer as well.

35 posted on 06/14/2013 11:58:14 AM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Gay State Conservative
No big loss for the GOP here, this guy peaked 10 years ago...


36 posted on 06/14/2013 11:58:49 AM PDT by drewh
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To: drewh
As a Republican, I never expected to be working with Hillary Clinton

Only because it just wasn't the right time.

37 posted on 06/14/2013 11:58:51 AM PDT by windsorknot
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To: C. Edmund Wright
He’s a whore, and she met his price?

Rove friend, colleague, liberal whore, political consultant ping.

38 posted on 06/14/2013 11:59:07 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: NoLibZone
I expect freepers to be as dysfunctional as usual....Romney was not good enough, not pure, not holy like some freepers...didn't tow the line and so, these freepers reelected bammey the boy.....I wish I had kept a list but I know they still come on fr and try to raise holy hell about what bammey is doing...irs...bengazi...roberts...fast and furious...acting as if THEY THEMSELVES aren't part of the problem....

I don't blame Rubio for seeking the Hispanic vote....he sure can't please a group of holier than thou "conservatives" so he might as well try for a new foundation...

39 posted on 06/14/2013 11:59:13 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cuban leaf
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.

More of a lateral transfer, but no worries, McKinnon will jump back on Jeb Bush's nominee team just in time for another GOP loss.

40 posted on 06/14/2013 12:06:37 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: drewh

Hey Mark! You want to “fix” education in America? How about we stop using schools as experiments on how to socially reconstruct America!!! Schools should do one thing, and one thing only! That is teach children, first how to learn, and then how to think (without giving them indoctrination into a particular ideology). How about we require educators to be educators, not indoctrinators? Let’s stop this nonsense of expecting every child to attend college! Let’s include vocational training for children who either don’t want to attend college, or who are not going to make it to college! Let’s demand that those who teach are qualified to actually teach. Too many of this nation’s children are stuck in classrooms with “teachers” who are so completely out of touch with their students that the students tune them out. Too many people who work in cubicles in some office miles and miles away from any classroom are making decisions on how and what teachers are to teach, and then force teachers to maintain some artificial timeline for presenting material, and then expecting ALL children to keep up with that pace. There is little, if any, differentiated instruction for students who are gifted compared to average compared to slow learners. So, teachers are made to teach to the middle. This only results in the gifted becoming extremely bored, and the slow learners completely lost. The decisions for how and what is taught needs to be brought down to the level of the school district, and the parents of those being taught, instead of being decided upon by people who work in an office building that often is hundreds of miles from the classrooms.


41 posted on 06/14/2013 12:06:45 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: drewh

Early childhood intervention through private business might be exactly the solution we need to get inner-city and minority children interested in their education/future and off perpetual government assistance.

Working with Hillary Clinton to do it? Not so much.


42 posted on 06/14/2013 12:08:40 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: drewh
GOP Strategist Mark McKinnon: Sarah Palin ‘Cost Republicans the Leadership of the Senate’

How Her Mind Works (Mark McKinnon on Sarah Palin)

43 posted on 06/14/2013 12:10:18 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: drewh

I hope he doesn’t hug her. He might get the blood of at LEAST four dead Americans on HIS hands too.


44 posted on 06/14/2013 12:10:39 PM PDT by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: drewh

What difference does it make?


45 posted on 06/14/2013 12:11:03 PM PDT by bagman
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To: cherry
Only a fool advocates for “winning no matter what the cost”.

Looking at the whole picture from the perspective of low information voters, it is without a doubt better for a dem liberal to win and run the country into the ground than a liberal republican who will still run the country into the ground. The blame goes to the party in power, and low information voters will only acknowledge that simple equation.

So, anyone who advocates Rubio as the GOP candidate in 2016 is a fool, IMO. Wanting a liberal Hispanic heading the GOP ticket who can attract Hispanic voters is insane and a blatantly transparent "gimmick". Hispanic voters will vote for the handout. If he were to run as a dem he would likely primary Clinton and would be the next POTUS, IMO.

46 posted on 06/14/2013 12:11:46 PM PDT by Pox (Good Night. I expect more respect tomorrow.)
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To: drewh

The incestuous nature of politics and the one party (read progressivism) politics we see today are whats the cause of this. Your guy wins today and tomorrow the other guy wins but they are all reading from the same prompter. There are a small number of true patriots but they are drowned out by the hive.


47 posted on 06/14/2013 12:11:52 PM PDT by HOYA97 (twitter @hoya97)
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To: drewh
Mark McKinnon, true to vow, exits McCain team rather than fight Obama
48 posted on 06/14/2013 12:13:01 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: cherry

“I don’t blame Rubio for seeking the Hispanic vote....he sure can’t please a group of holier than thou “conservatives” so he might as well try for a new foundation... “

and what makes you so superior?


49 posted on 06/14/2013 12:14:13 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: drewh

50 posted on 06/14/2013 12:14:54 PM PDT by windsorknot
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