“Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher’s union strike is unnecessary and wrong.” – Paul Ryan
IT’S THE POLITICAL play of the union story so far and the one Mitt Romney should have made, but couldn’t figure out. It catapults Paul Ryan yet again as being the smart man on the ticket.
Meanwhile, progressive historian Rick Perlstein offers the Democratic cry: “Stand Against Rahm!”
Ryan’s quote comes from the pool report:
If you turned on the TV this morning or sometime today, you probably saw something about the Chicago teacher’s union strike. I’d like to make a couple of comments about that because it does matter. I’ve known Rahm Emanuel for years. He’s a former colleague of mine. Rahm and I have not agreed on every issue or on a lot of issues, but Mayor Emanuel is right today in saying that this teacher’s union strike is unnecessary and wrong. We know that Rahm is not going to support our campaign, but on this issue and this day we stand with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
We stand with the children and we stand with the families and the parents of Chicago because education reform, that’s a bipartisan issue. This does not have to divide the two parties. And so, we were going to ask, where does President Obama stand? Does he stand with his former Chief of Staff Mayor Rahm Emanuel, with the children and the parents, or does he stand with the union? On issues like this, we need to speak out and be really clear. In a Romney-Ryan administration we will not be ambiguous, we will stand with education reform, we will champion bipartisan education reforms. This is a critical linchpin to the future of our country, to our economy, to make sure that our children go to the best possible school, and that education reforms revolve around the parents and the child, not the special interest group. This is something that’s critical for all of us.
It also illustrates the importance of Ryan maintaining his independence while he benefits from being chosen as Romney’s vice presidential nominee, guarding against going down in flames with him whenever the boss screws up, which is more often than he can afford against a candidate like Barack Obama.