by David Safier
Note to 2010 Democratic candidates and strategists. The election will be about schools and the children who attend them.
It won't be about budgets or budget cuts. It'll be about budget cuts to schools that deprive children of the opportunity to learn.
It won't be about taxes. It'll be about finding the revenue we need to fully fund our schools for the sake of our children.
It won't be about conservative or liberal. It'll be about who has a plan to give schools the means to educate our children to their full potential
And by the way, it won't be about education. Education is an abstraction. It'll be about schools, real brick and mortar buildings filled with real children being taught by real teachers using up-to-date textbooks and technology.
Candidates who cannot show they are 100% for schools, not only with rhetoric but with money and action, will lose. Candidates who can convince the voters they will fully fund schools so every parent's child will have the opportunity to learn and grow and be ready for future challenges will win.
Republicans are the masters of coming up with simple campaigns based on concrete, hot button issues. Democrats tend to be wonky and talk about policy. In 2010, we have a solid, concrete issue to run on where there is an absolute, clear distinction between Democrats and Republicans. And Democrats are definitely on the side of the angels on this one. We have to make sure the voters know it.