Choice for me, but not for thee. Or, as John J. Miller puts it: Choice for me, but not for Rhee. (Michelle Rhee is the D.C. schools chancellor, and a Democrat who supports vouchers.)
UPDATE: Commenter “Foo Bar” claims Rhee doesn’t support vouchers. Foo Bar points to this link which quotes a statement from Rhee as saying:
While Chancellor Rhee hasn’t taken a formal position on vouchers, she disagrees with the notion that vouchers are the remedy for repairing the city’s school system.
John J. Miller’s post, linked above, says:
She’s also a supporter of DC’s limited school-choice program, which lets about 2,000 low-income kids attend private (mostly Catholic) schools with vouchers. As she said about a year ago: “I would never, as long as I am in this role, do anything to limit another parent’s ability to make a choice for their child. Ever.”
I’m happy to let the readers sort out the nitpicking details from these links. The overarching question for me is whether Obama is being a hypocrite on this issue.