A New Yorker view
One prominent Democratic senator isn't too thrilled with President Clinton's State of the Union remarks on education.
In an interview with The New Yorker on the presidential impeachment proceedings and Mr. Clinton's character, Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York lambasted the president's strategies for promoting his initiatives. From the health-care reform package announced in the 1994 State of the Union Address to this year's five-point school accountability plan, Mr. Clinton is more concerned with political gain and polls than with fixing the nation's social ills, the senator asserted.
"He continues to suggest that in a few short years we can be first in the world in science and math," Mr. Moynihan said in the interview, which was printed in a five-page spread in the magazine's Feb. 8 edition. "The idea that we could move up that fast is delusional. Something like that would take about three generations.
"We are in a disastrous state with regard to this most important part of American life, and what we get is this attitude of 'wishing will make it so,' " Mr. Moynihan continued.
The unpredictable senator has traded barbs with Mr. Clinton in the past.
If the 2000 presidential election were held today, members of the National School Boards Association would narrowly elect Vice President Al Gore.
In mock balloting during their legislative conference here earlier this month, 29 percent of 237 members polled by telephone said they would choose Mr. Gore as the next president. He narrowly beat out Texas Gov. George W. Bush, a Republican who is mulling a run for the Oval Office. Mr. Bush received 28 percent. Another Republican considering running, Elizabeth Hanford Dole, received 24 percent. Former Sen. Bill Bradley, a Democrat from New Jersey, received 10 percent.
Executive Director Anne L. Bryant noted at a recent news conference that NSBA members typically have voted more along Republican lines in the past--but the Alexandria, Va.-based group has opposed several GOP education initiatives.
--Joetta L. Sack [email protected]
Vol. 18, Issue 23, Page 32Published in Print: February 17, 1999, as Federal File