There has been a cavalcade of postmortems in the aftermath of Cathie Black’s resignation. Certainly she was her own worst enemy, yet she bore the burden of an even worse enemy: the principles and policies that she was forced to inherit and defend, probably not against her own better judgment.
The 17 percent approval rating she got is widely construed as a vote of no confidence in her as a particular leader. But was it not also a vote of condemnation, or at least robust skepticism, of the convictions and rabid anti-union policies of her predecessor? Is it not possible that only 17 percent of those questioned in the reliable and scientific Marist poll are now embracing the much trumpeted and now largely discredited so-called “reforms”?
Let’s not forget that 61 percent of parents with kids in public schools think that the union, so dumped on by City Hall and Tweed, are predominantly a force for good in this city. And our public schools are rated even higher by parents whose kids attend our public schools than they are by parents with no such personal experience whose judgment is clouded by the cataract of City Hall’s press office.
The tide is turning against lies and bullying. That’s what the data says and we know that data is the love object of City Hall and, at least until a few days ago, Tweed. Chancellor Walcott: look not only at the data but through it. A world of truth, some of it quite splendid, will open up and invite your friendship.