Swing and a Miss
This morning, the NEA’s Pat Crowley’s lamely attempted to use Alinsky’s Rules #5 (Ridicule) and #11 (” Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it”) on Education Commissioner Deborah Gist and put up a post that displayed the sort of empathy and prudence we’ve all come to expect. In the post, Crowley vaguely alluded to getting the “Gist” (ha…ha…) of what the new Education Commissioner abilities were and then linked to this video with no further explanation. I suppose the reader was to anticipate that some egregious evidence contra the new commish was about to be laid out.
Instead, we saw a video that originally accompanied this story from the Washington Post from February this year (and which was mentioned in this story from the Johnston Sun Rise in October).
A few years ago, Deborah [Gist] said, she was flipping through a copy of the Guinness book and realized she didn’t want to grow her toenails to epic lengths and had little chance of running 100 meters in less than 9 seconds. “Then I got to this record and it said ‘Most Kisses in a Minute.’ I’ve kind of been known for being affectionate in my kissing, and I thought, ‘That’s it. That’s the one.’ ”
All she needed was 109 people — you see, the record is for most consecutive kisses by different people.
On Saturday, about 140 people gathered at the house….She withstood the onslaught, and Vince and I clicked 118 kisses, minus six disqualifications, for a total of 112 and a record (pending Guinness’s approval).
The event raised $20,000 for the Wellness Community, a cancer-support organization in Bethesda.
Gist was inspired to raise the money after her uncle died from cancer. I guess Pat thought this all was supposed to cast a negative light upon Gist, though I’m not sure what conclusions were to be drawn.
Understandably, the commenters to Crowley’s post also apparently missed why this was so important to Pat and many praised Commissioner Gist for being light-hearted and caring (and even a community organizer!). I wouldn’t have even commented on it…except now the post and the comments it generated have disappeared–“– This diary has been removed “–though reference to the comments can be found by checking some of the user profiles (like here, here or here) and this comment also mentions the disappearance of the post.
Why the post and comments were removed is obvious; it ends up putting Crowley, not Gist, in a poor light. But instead of blank space, maybe an explanation is warranted, guys? Regardless, it would appear the commissioner is winding Pat up so much with talk of teacher evaluations and dropping seniority that its affecting his well-known judgment and tact….ahem…or maybe he’s just jealous that he didn’t get a chance to kiss the commish himself.