Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, November 07, 2017

A sprawling Politico profile outlines a troubled U.S. Department of Education under the shaky leadership of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Thomas Toch, director of independent education think tank FutureEd, told Politico that DeVos was ignorant of the job's constraints when she accepted it and insiders are already preparing for her to vacate the position. "She can't fill her senior staff slots," he said. "Morale is terrible at the department." DeVos was roundly criticized for her lack of basic knowledge about education policy during the confirmation hearing process. She blames President Donald Trump's transition team, claiming she was "undercoached." One doubts most nominees for education secretary need to be coached not to cite grizzly bears as a reason for guns in schools. "I'll tell you, in Washington education circles, the conversation is already about the post-DeVos landscape, because the assumption is she won't stay long," Toch told Politico. "I think she's been probably one of the most ineffective people to ever hold the job."

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Too much like work.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-06 08:44 PM | Reply

She blames President Donald Trump's transition team, claiming she was "undercoached."

...She'd do well being subjected to a deposition...

Attorney: Ms DeVos, have you at any time been coached by your attorneys as to what to say during this deposition?

Ms DeVos: Coached? Of course not. Absolutely not. Never. Not at all...I mean, not that I can recall or recollect. Nope. Not coached. Nada. Zip. Is that all? Can I go now?

#2 | Posted by madscientist at 2017-11-06 10:17 PM | Reply

I sincerely hope this is true. De Vos's refusal to forgive the loans from the discredited ITT Technical Institute is disgusting. For a billionaire to be so hateful towards students who only took out loans because they were approved by the Dept. of Education and then it is decided that they lose accreditation then those loans should be forgiven as was the policy (officially still is) before that bitch De Vos. Trump's appoint of "that bitch" was obviously just a thank you for campaign contributions and had nothing to do with appointing a qualified person to run the Dept. of Education. She has no experience in the world of education except for supporting charter schools which have in city after city been just schemes to funnel money from school boards and transfer it to greedy operators of charter schools.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-07 06:29 AM | Reply

another brick falls out of the wall.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-07 08:34 AM | Reply

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-11-

All in all, she's just another brick from the wall.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2017-11-07 10:05 AM | Reply

She's a sociopath in a psychopath's administration. Maybe they can cross-appoint Scott Pruitt? He's made of the right stuff. They aren't actually waiting for congressional approval any more, they just install their chosen psychopath.

#6 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-11-07 11:42 AM | Reply

There was a segment on NPR in which they pointed out that not a single department head in the Trump administration met with a department head from the Obama administration to share information and discuss transitioning. Actually this is no different than BushII. They think they know so much they don't need to talk to any stupid Democrats. But they don't know s&!t. Its bad enough that the stupid idiots that rise to the top amongst Republicans, but its much worse than that because they're all a bunch of crooks, Arizona has produced some honest ones.

#7 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-11-07 07:34 PM | Reply

This can't be accurate. Cheeto Jesus only hires the best people.

#8 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-11-07 07:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Even more so much winning.

#9 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-08 09:10 AM | Reply

"DeVos was roundly criticized for her lack of basic knowledge about education policy during the confirmation hearing process"

Only because the interview she gave didn't even qualify her to be a teacher, much less in charge of them.

#10 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-08 09:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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"Erik Prince, Blackwater Founder, Weighs Primary Challenge to Wyoming Republican"

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"Mr. Prince appears increasingly likely to challenge John Barrasso, a senior member of the Senate Republican leadership, according to people who have spoken to him in recent days. He has been urged to run next year by Stephen K. Bannon, who is leading the effort to shake up the Republican leadership with financial backing from the New York hedge fund billionaire Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah."

These people, because of their inherited wealth, think they should be running America. I suspect the people of Wyoming will stand by Barrasso and tell this Johnny Come Lately spoiled rich boy to run along, they don't need his murderous, dishonest, kleptomaniac. I realize that the voters of Wyoming are much more conservative than I am but they won't want this absolute scumbag to represent them in the SEnate. He should presently be serving time in Leavenworth not running for the Senate.

#11 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 09:16 AM | Reply

There was a segment on NPR in which they pointed out that not a single department head in the Trump administration met with a department head from the Obama administration to share information and discuss transitioning. Actually this is no different than BushII. They think they know so much they don't need to talk to any stupid Democrats. But they don't know s&!t. Its bad enough that the stupid idiots that rise to the top amongst Republicans, but its much worse than that because they're all a bunch of crooks, Arizona has produced some honest ones.

#7 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING AT 2017-11-07 07:34 PM |

It's not that they think they know everything. The problem is that the republicans have gone past the point where they no longer view democrats as opponents but rather they see them as enemies.

You can defeat your opponent and then go have a beer with them and an open discussion. Your enemies have to be driven from the field of play and stay enemies on and off the field

#12 | Posted by hatter5183 at 2017-11-08 09:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

She's perfect for the job considering her boss loves the uneducated.

#13 | Posted by Sully at 2017-11-08 09:45 AM | Reply

Considering Betsy's only qualification for this job was a fat check book for Donny Doll Hands, anyone surprised by this is a moron.

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2017-11-08 09:55 AM | Reply

"It's not that they think they know everything."

No, their problem isn't that they think they know everything, it is that they vehemently oppose the mission of the Departments they are appointed to lead. Their personal mission is to destroy the department they are appointed to lead. Then they arrive at the department and realize that they are also supposed to lead it, then they realize they don't have any idea what they are doing. Betsy Devos is opposed to public education so why is she the Sec. of Education? Rick Perry is currently the Sec. of Energy, running a department he said he wanted to abolish before he learned what they even do.

#15 | Posted by danni at 2017-11-08 10:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Perry is currently the Sec. of Energy, running a department he said he wanted to abolish"

Oops.

#16 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-08 10:24 AM | Reply

Misogynists, refusing to work for a woman.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-08 12:52 PM | Reply

Good job perpetuating the patriarchy.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-08 12:52 PM | Reply

Misogynists, refusing to work for a woman.

#17 | Posted by sitzkrieg

I will gladly work for her.

My fee to work with the dangerously mentally deranged is $300,000 up front and $300,000 a year.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 02:56 PM | Reply

My fee to work with the dangerously mentally deranged is $300,000 up front and $300,000 a year.

#19 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2017-11-08 02:56 PM | FLAG:

$300k for a government job? No, that's your payoff for switching to private industry after you've already done significant networking and can bring in the bacon.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-08 05:23 PM | Reply

No, that's your payoff for switching to private industry after you've already done significant damage and can bring down the government.

FTFY

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 06:19 PM | Reply

"Your enemies have to be driven from the field of play and stay enemies on and off the field"

And harassed and investigated by every branch of the government and locked up.

As when the cultists chant "Lock her up!" when there has not even been an indictment much less a conviction for a crime.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-08 08:02 PM | Reply

can bring down the government.
FTFY

#21 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2017-11-08 06:19 PM | REPLY

Might I suggest a valium..

#23 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-11-09 03:55 PM | Reply

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