Betsy DeVos Confirmed As Gardner, Bennet Split Vote

Sen. Cory Gardner (R).

New York Times:

The Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos on Tuesday as education secretary, approving the embattled nominee only with the help of a historic tiebreaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

The 51-to-50 vote elevates Ms. DeVos — a wealthy donor from Michigan who has devoted much of her life to expanding educational choice through charter schools and vouchers, but has limited experience with the public school system — to be steward of the nation’s schools.

GOP Sen. Cory Gardner voted for Betsy DeVos, giving his final answer to protesters who have besieged his office and phone lines for weeks. Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, on the other hand, joined the Democrats’ late-night protest against DeVos’ confirmation:

And now we’ll all have to await the judgment of history! Gardner has obviously made the calculation that supporting DeVos now will not be a political problem for him when he’s up for re-election in 2020. With that said, Gardner is now by the same yardstick he used against his Democratic opponent in 2014 the “deciding vote” for DeVos–which helps link Gardner’s fate to hers, and to the Trump administration as a whole.

Hope that works out.

16 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    So, anybody here who protested Gardner get cut a check yet?  I'm still waiting for mine. 

  2. spaceman65 says:

    You, too?  I thought it was just me.  Was hoping there'd be a direct deposit option


  3. Meiner49erMeiner49er says:

    Gardner had $46,800 reasons to vote as he did, and presumably more where that came from in 2020 and beyond. The question is not whether this is surprising, but whether anyone is still outraged.

  4. Andrew Carnegie says:


    News Flash: Dems who get donations from teachers unions voted with the union which is more concerned with teacher's seniority rights, than children getting an education.

    Republicans voted 50-2 for the Cabinet choice.

    • unnamed says:

      True.  Because that's the same thing as taking thousands of dollars from some uber wealthy person who's only experience in Education is in fucking up Detroit schools.

    • ZappateroZappatero says:

      RealAndrewCarnegie eventually had a conscience and decided to aid in the progress and enlightenment of our democracy.

      FakeAndrewCarnegie never will. It's actually kind of weird that he would take the name in vain. 

      Or maybe that's just the user name Putin gave him.

      Every one of the teachers of the little Zappateritos throughout their school careers here in CO was dedicated, generous, went above and beyond their "contracted" obligations, and were excellent partners in helping raise 2 smart and well-adjusted human adults who are also dedicated and generous. Whether or not the teachers were in some union made not 1 iota of difference to me or them. 

      Everyone knows AC hates unions because they were instrumental in getting us weekends off and reasonable work days and health care and holidays and tons of other stuff that makes life a little better for most everyone.

      But when you're an isolated billionaire who hates other people then you couldn't care less about that stuff and you convince yourself you did it all by yourself and don't need anyone's help.

      Al Franken used to close his Air America show by acknowledging a little history and saying "I stand on the backs….of those who stood on the backs……of those who stood on the necks of those before us."

      Was true then. Is true now.

  5. ModeratusModeratus says:

    By 2020 Democrat doom and gloom will be proven wrong and Gardner will be fine. Get ready for a generation of conservative control.

  6. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    What Devos Can and Can't Do as Ed Sec

    Turns out that education is still primarily controlled at the state and district level.

    However, Federal Programs make up a big chunk of any school district's budget.

    If your school has a certain % of kids in poverty (defined as needing free or reduced lunch), then your school becomes subject to all kinds of carrots and sticks , most of which help students. Students with disabilities. Students learning English. Students who do not score well on standardized tests.

    I'm wondering what a Christian evangelist ignoramus like DeVos can do to screw up Federal Programs for kids who need help.

    I'm betting that one of the first regulations out of the gate will be a gimme for the base; mandating that every school receiving Federal $$ recites the "Under God" version of the Pledge of Allegiance. Every day, every classroom.

    The only problem with that? Most of us already do. I've worked in dozens of public schools in Colorado, rich ones, poor ones. We always said the Pledge.

    Yet, "Mandate the Pledge!" will be the battle cry.

    I'm more worried about curricula and standards. Will goofy creationism be forced into the science curriculum? Will social studies classes have to go back to celebrating white hegemony in America instead of studying primary sources and diverging viewpoints?

    And how much public money will be diverted to religious schools? States make most of those decisions, but I'd bet DeVos will try to funnel some taxpayer $$ to "choice" for religious and private schools.



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