The New York Occasions included in its Saturday protection of the varsity re-opening debate a narrative by congressional reporter Carl Hulse: “Republicans Seize on Shuttered Schools as a Political Rallying Cry.”

Does “seize” sound acquainted? Democrats not often “seize” or “pounce” on Republicans in headlines, however the paper makes positive to underline the partisanship when it’s Republicans supposedly in search of mere cynical political benefit.

Hulse’s favourite form of story is Democrats placing the GOP on the defensive, however right here he permits just a little of the reverse, exhibiting Republicans urgent a bonus on the subject. But the veteran reporter nonetheless allowed the Democrats to border the talk, whereas taking the tone of that cynical, partisan headline.

When Senate Republicans sought lately to wall off some federal training assist from faculties that decline to reopen as soon as academics will be vaccinated, a high Democrat accused them of staging a “political present.” If it was, it was a present Republicans had been very happy to placed on.

Sensing a potent political alternative amid parental angst throughout the nation, main congressional Republicans have begun to hammer relentlessly on President Biden, Democrats and academics’ unions to open faculties shortly. They are saying doing so is an important and lengthy overdue step to maintain school-age Individuals from falling too far behind amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Republicans say the hassle was not coordinated, however occurred organically as senators noticed the emergence of a driving concern amongst voters. They argue that they’ve a bonus on the difficulty over Democrats, who’re politically allied with unions representing academics who’ve reservations about returning to high school grounds whereas the pandemic persists.

Hulse avidly supplied weak defenses of the Democrat-teachers union axis.

Democrats contend that Republicans have solely lately begun agitating for faculties to be reopened and by no means put comparable stress on the Trump administration to take action, reluctant to undermine their very own social gathering’s president. And so they say {that a} main purpose it has been so troublesome for faculties to return to regular is that former President Donald J. Trump did a poor job managing the pandemic.

They are saying the difficulty will in the end play to their social gathering’s benefit if Mr. Biden can ship on his college reopening pledge – a promise the White Home has been redefining because it confronts the problem of the duty and pushback from a key constituency in organized labor.


For now, Democrats argue that Republicans are literally making the job tougher by proposing to impose situations on faculties that would complicate reopening, relatively than ease it.


[Sen. Patty] Murray was the one who accused Mr. Blunt and different Republicans who tried to change the funds blueprint with such a situation of mounting a political present.

Republicans could have good purpose to take action.

“College closures have radicalized suburban moms for the final six months,” mentioned John Feehery, a former high Home Republican official who has been clamoring for in-person studying to renew. “Republicans are sensible to concentrate on this difficulty.”

Extra pouncing:

Like their counterparts within the Senate, Home Republicans have tried to capitalize on the difficulty. As an array of Home panels labored this week to solidify the main points of Mr. Biden’s pandemic assist package deal….

Even when Hulse is letting pro-Republican speaking factors, he can’t keep away from the “pounce” model wording.

Given the administration’s concentrate on consultants, Republicans reminiscent of Mr. McConnell eagerly jumped on feedback by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the C.D.C. director, that faculties may safely reopen even when academics weren’t but vaccinated.

Hulse painted all of it ultimately as cynical politics, not real concern a few misplaced 12 months of studying and socialization suffered by American’s youngsters.

Republicans have made it clear they don’t intend to let go of the difficulty.