How is it under that bus, Comrade Klonsky?
Easy come, easy go.
No sooner than Global Labor blogged here and here about the role of Mike Klonsky in the Obama campaign, 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 [Wednesday] 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 got airbrushed out of the old photographs. Earlier [Wednesday] 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 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 "that guy in the neighborhood" whom he worked side by side with for years at the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.