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Lopez jumps on the scapegoat-the-teacher bandwagon

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The perpetually-spinning weathervane known as Steve Lopez indicates a very gusty wind this morning, fulminating about the UTLA--the teachers' union of Los Angeles Unified School District.

As the local blogosphere well knows, Steve loves holding up a wet finger to monitor the latest windshift, and undoubtedly this weekend he had a chance to observe the way the New York Times gave the thumbs up to DC teacher-slayer Michelle Rhee, which we noted Monday.

In his scapegoat-the-teacher hatchet job this morning, he reads the prevailing anti-teacher wind as coming from the Obama White House itself (it doesn't--it comes from lite Republicans like Richard Riordan) and goes out of his way to find the shills necessary to blame the beleaguered teacher while giving no lip service to matters like class size, state-mandated testing hoops through which to jump, and the fact that the teachers face inordinate amounts of uncertainty and displacement through ceaseless budgetary and political battles. Steve is on the scapegoat bandwagon!

Making a leap that astonishingly clears several atmospheric layers of political pie-in-the-sky, he even suggests that Mayor Tony is looking to gain UTLA support in the governor's race. That's the Mayor of LA he means, for whom 92% of all registered voters in Los Angeles did not bother to vote for last month.

Well, at least the Times has a weathervane.