Wonks of the world are still waiting for John McCain to come out with some kind of proposals on education policy. It's well known that, in general, McCain isn't interested in domestic issues. Still, on broad economic policy he at least manages to (a) admit that he doesn't know what he's talking about, and then (b) start getting his advice from corrupt crank Phil Graham. Similarly, on health care he groped his way to the conservative orthodoxy. On energy and the environment, he's taken the nuclear industry's talking points.

But on education, there are really two different kinds of conservative orthodoxy and they point in different directions, so McCain has decided to give us . . . nothing whatsoever.

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