Your Blogmeister’s Desk
I’m going to make it short and sweet.
Unless there’s mass public pressure, there will be no great internal desire among the Republicans in the General Assembly to repeal the Turner law.
From what I was able to glean over the week and a half at the state fair, Missouri Republicans are just too wedded to the religion/cult of “school choice” to repeal Turner. We have to remember — While Democrats’ waiting on Superman has started recently, the typical lamestream conservative Republican has been waiting on Superman for the greater part of a generation. The mentality that bad black school districts are bad because the teachers, administrators and staff have somehow done something wrong or not done something right is pretty much the order of the day in most of the Republican Party in this state, and in fact most of the Democrat Party, too.
You may want to ask me right now, as I myself asked in Sedalia numerous times, “What about white suburban voters? Won’t they be so pissed off that they won’t vote Republican in their state House and state Senate races? Won’t that threaten the Republican supermajority if not the outright majority?”
The consensus mentality about that is that rural Republicans don’t care because it’s not their problem, and urban Democrats want the Turner law to stay put. The Republican types don’t think they have to be worried about retribution from white suburban voters in St. Louis and Kansas City, because they figure those voters will never vote Democrat, (“they have nowhere else to go, and even if they stay home, the Republican will still win”), and that the state party will tolerate either the genuine or contrived opposition to the Turner law among Republican candidates for the state House and Senate in St. Louis and Kansas City suburban whitopia districts, all the while resolved never to follow through. If, for example, every elected member of the General Assembly from districts that overlay school districts where blacks from unaccredited black districts could possibly be transferred to was a genuine true blue Mark Parkinson style Republican who wanted to get the Turner law repealed, or at least neutered to the point to where transfers could not happen, the school choice cultists in the Republican establishment, rural Republican politicians for whom it’s not their problem, and urban Democrats, will always team up to have more votes. There’s also the consensus “wisdom” that the actual number of black transfer students will be relatively small, so this will tend to keep a lid on how pissed off whites will be, keeping sort of a low political ceiling on how much political damage the transfer question will have on Republicans.
Here’s another consideration: I already knew this beforehand, but what I’m about to say was confirmed to me over and over this weekend — If his stepping out scandal is forgotten by 2016, Peter Kindercare is the Republican nominee for Governor. (Peter Kindercare was part of the cabal that denounced the rodeo clown.) Remember, Kindercare is a big of an n-word-lover as any white politician in this state, and he’s so much the school choice cultist that if there was a Jim Jones leading that cult, Kindercare would have already consumed his Kool-Aid. And it’s probable that the credible Democrats to run for Governor in 2016 also like the Turner law. Therefore, if a Turner law repeal bill made it to the desk of the kind of person will be the Governor after mid-January 2017, (like I said, such a repeal bill passing is unlikely right now), he or she would surely veto it, which means two-thirds in both houses to override the veto.
So unless we yell and scream a lot, I think we’re stuck with the Turner law for quite some time.