Easy come, easy go.
No sooner than Global Labor blogged here and here about the role in the Obama campaign of Mike Klonsky, former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers’ longtime comrade-in-arms from their days in SDS to the Chicago School Wars they fought in the 80s and 90s alongside Barack Obama, and presto he’s gone.
As of this evening, Klonsky is no longer blogging on the Barack Obama for President website.
In fact, it’s like he was never there.
Does this remind anyone of something?
Recall what would happen in Soviet Russian textbooks when a trotskyist or bukharinite got purged by Uncle Joe, as Klonsky lovingly recalls the dictator Joseph Stalin at this reunion of SDS in November of last year in Chicago: their pictures would quickly get airbrushed out of the old photographs, without any explanation.
(Of course, the disappearance was not just in text books. Millions lost their lives. One day they were there, the next day they were gone, poof, off to Siberia or to the basement of KGB headquarters to be shot.)
Earlier today when one went to the Community Blogs on the Obama website there was the Klonsky blog on education policy and something he calls “social justice teaching.” Tonight, all you get at the same “freedom teachers” URL is: “Invalid blog/profile URL.” Today’s softer version of the Stalinist airbrush.
Who knew that the political purge would be revived by the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee, Barack Obama.
If this only represents another opportunistic move in the “maturing” of the presumptive nominee it’s just more of the same. But perhaps it means some restoration of rationality in the thinking of the young candidate about education policy itself.
Now if only he can explain about the “guy who lives in my neighborhood” whom he worked side by side with for years at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.