Sunday Bloody NYT Sunday: Special Maureen Dowd Guess You Better Slow That Mustang Down Edition
If you're chilling this Easter morning and thinking "gee, I wish I could be pissed off at something ASAP," the Times has got you covered with a big piece about how Republicans aren't content with obsessing over Obamacare, because they're able to split their attention and do the same with the Common Core standards.
Yes, a set of relatively harmless national guidelines about what kids should learn during K-12 years, a bipartisan bit of actual smartness introduced by the governors of 44 states and DC, is now the hot new thing to hate, pretty much only because Bamz likes it.
Conservatives denounce it as “Obamacore,” in what has become a surefire applause line for potential presidential hopefuls. Other Republicans are facing opprobrium from their own party for not doing more to stop it. At a recent Republican women’s club luncheon in North Carolina, a member went from table to table distributing literature that called the program part of “the silent erosion of our civil liberties.” [...] Some conservatives, in an echo of their criticism of the health care law, say the standards are an overreach by the federal government.
Given that this current crop of conservatives sees the mere existence of a federal government headed by a blah person and a Democrat to be overreach, this should not be surprising.