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November 28, 2012

She lost me at hello

(Photo of Michelle Rhee by Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

Loose Lips has an entertaining piece in which he looks at former D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's upcoming book, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First. Here's a great paragraph by LL:

The only person who appears interested in diagnosing Rhee’s unpopularity as chancellor is her husband, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (also a former point guard for the Phoenix Suns). After campaigning for Fenty east of the Anacostia River and hearing residents complain about the mayor and Rhee, Johnson tells his wife that “you can’t make change from the top alone.” Later, when Rhee is beginning to map out her plans with advisers for Students First, Johnson scolds: “There’s no diversity in this room … What did we learn in D.C.? We can’t make the same mistakes. Why are we here? To build a group that appeals to white, male Republicans? Is that what we are doing?”

Thanks to LL for reading Rhee's book so we don't have to. Her willful political obtuseness and smug know-it-all attitude turned me off instantly, and I have never found reason to change my mind.

Oh, and thanks to LL for sharing this line from Rhee on Fenty: "His head shined. His eyes burned." Fortunately or not, there appear to be no heaving bosoms and bodice-ripping involved.


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