Education Secretary Duncan to speak at Sharpton led counter-protest against Beck
I may be wrong but isn't it kind of like, you know, news that a sitting cabinet secretary would participate in a rabidly partisan counter protest supporting administration policies?
At the moment, it isn't, even though the Daily Caller tried reaching Secretary Duncan for comment, only to be hung up on for their trouble:
The U.S. Department of Education's spokesperson hung up on The Daily Caller Wednesday when seeking clarification regarding the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's planned speech at an Aug. 28 protest march that the Rev. Al Sharpton and his National Action Network (NAN) are holding to counter Fox News commentator Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally.
The NAN's "Reclaim the Dream" march is an attempt to keep attention off Beck's highly publicized rally happening the same day in the same city, redirecting the focus to what Sharpton and the NAN say is the real meaning of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "I have a dream" speech. The date, Aug. 28, is the 47th anniversary of King's iconic speech.
Duncan recently wrapped up a nationwide education tour with Sharpton and former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, which is the only topic the Department of Education would comment on.
Of course, there is always been an element of partisanship in anything a cabinet secretary does. But traditionally, the president's closest advisors have steered clear of hyper-partisan events like war protests and left wing demonstrations. Duncan's participation in a counter-protest is unusual and may be unprecedented.
I guess this is the new post-partisan Washington and we better get used to it.