If you haven’t yet seen it, you really must watch this interview of Senator Mark Udall by a Denver television station. Asked whether Common Core is good or bad, he answers “Yes.” The interviewer doesn’t seem to notice. It’s downhill from there; asked to name three books that have influenced him, Udall is stumped and suggests they come back and re-tape another time. Remarkable:
The Udalls have been something of a political dynasty. Which is odd: normally, in order to have a family dynasty, someone along the way has to be a good politician. But what Udall could possibly be described as a good–let alone charismatic–politician? None that I know of. But with Mark Udall, the family brand has degenerated in a manner analogous to the decline from John Kennedy to Robert Jr. No wonder he called Cory Gardner “Senator” in their recent debate.
PAUL adds: Stuart Udall, Secretary of Interior under JFK, is my favorite Udall. He brought joy to my life by requiring that the Washington Redskins racially integrate the team as a condition of playing in the newly constructed D.C. Stadium (now RFK Stadium). With the addition of a few black players, the Redskins quickly went from being the worst team in the NFL to being competitive.