“What you need to realize is that the parents’ view and perception of teachers has changed. It is not what it was ten years ago”
Comment from a parent to Vincent Giordano, executive director of NJEA, at a Nov. 10 Garden State Coalition meeting.
Being a Jersey boy, I am sure that Gov. Christie attempted body surfing at New Jersey’s beaches at least once in his life. I have no idea if he was any good at it, but it’s clear he does excel at riding political waves.
The key to body surfing is timing. If you get a little too far out in front of the wave, it will crash down on you and your body can get slammed into the sand. If you are too slow, or start swimming too late, the wave just passes you by.
Timing is key in politics, too. Skillful politicians can gauge how the “wave” of public opinion will break on different issues. When the public’s mood shifts, the existing power brokers (in this case the Democrats and the NJEA), are confused. Typically, those power brokers are using the same arguments and tactics that have worked in the past and can’t understand why they are not working now. Their message hasn’t changed, but suddenly, it isn’t resonating with the public and they are losing political battles. That’s because their wave has ended and they missed the new wave. All they can do is watch someone else’s ride.
Gov. Christie is riding a powerful wave in New Jersey and his critics can’t wait until it ends. (more…)