Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Today

We’re expecting some creationist fireworks in the US Senate today at the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos, whom Trump has selected to be Secretary of Education, because there has been much speculation about her supposed creationist tendencies.

The last time we wrote about this was Discovery Institute Defends Betsy DeVos, in which David Klinghoffer, the Discoveroids’ journalistic slasher and poo-flinger, predicted that her confirmation hearing “may attract more liberal venom than any other” because she was likely to be asked “how old she thinks the Earth is, whether human beings rode on dinosaurs, whether she has visited Ken Ham’s Ark Park lately.”

The Discoveroids are concerned because they hope DeVos will be a champion of their Teach the Controversy campaign, described by Wikipedia as: “a campaign, conducted by the Discovery Institute, to promote the pseudoscientific principle of intelligent design, a variant of traditional creationism, while attempting to discredit the teaching of evolution in United States public high school science courses.”

If you’re in the mood to watch the hearing, it starts at 5:00 PM in the Eastern US. We’re posting this early so you’ll know ahead of time that you can watch the debate online and post your comments, if any, right here. We’ll provide a few different online choices. They should all be showing the same thing, but one never knows.

This is the video that will come directly from Senate committee’s website at the appropriate time: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

The Public Broadcasting System (PBS) will have it on YouTube here: Betsy Devos confirmation hearing.

Fox News should have the live video here: Senate holds confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos.

Feelings are running high about this, so we urge you, dear reader, to keep your comments civil. We can behave better than the politicians. The curtain will rise a bit less than six hours from the time this is posted, so there’s plenty of time to get ready. And then the fun begins.

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21 responses to “Betsy DeVos Confirmation Hearing Today

  1. Has her ethics check been completed yet?

  2. Behaving better than politicians is a pretty low criterion!

  3. Slightly off-topic, but in case anyone missed it: here is how Scottish newspaper The Sunday Herald, in their page itemising this week’s television programming, have listed this coming Friday’s live TV event from Washington:

    President Trump: The Inauguration

    4pm, BBC One/ STV

    After a long absence, The Twilight Zone returns with one of the most ambitious, expensive and controversial productions in broadcast history. Sci-fi writers have dabbled often with alternative history stories – among the most common is the “What If The Nazis Had Won The Second World War” setting – but this huge interactive virtual reality project, which will unfold on TV, in the press, and on Twitter over the next four years, sets out to build an ongoing alternative present. The story begins in a nightmarish version of 2017 in which huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president. It sounds far-fetched, and it is, but as it goes on it becomes more and more chillingly plausible. Today’s feature-length opener concentrates on the gaudy inauguration of President Trump, and the stirrings of protest and despair surrounding the ceremony, while pundits speculate gravely on what lies ahead. It’s a flawed piece, but a disturbing glimpse of the horrors we could stumble into, if we’re not careful.

  4. The motley crew that is Trump’s cabinet would in most cases move policy in the opposite direction than I would like. But I’m curious how much authority do they actually have? Will Betty DeVos even be able to attempt to get creationism in public high schools? Would she be able to implement a policy of vouchers paying for parochial schools? Cabinet departments move a lot of money, is the purse the limit of their power?
    Oddly enough she should know this isn’t popular. Her husband ran for governor of Michigan on this platform and was soundly defeated.

  5. The hearing starts in two hours. The tension is growing …

  6. Charles Deetz ;)

    Charles Deetz hails from Betsy’s home town. We found it quite curious that the Christian high school she went to had a sign out for this year’s play …. Footloose. I wonder how that went over.

  7. Gotta love Trump’s merry band of billionaires and fundies that make up his cabinet choices. This administration will be epic!

    Oh, not in a good way!

  8. The hearing starts any moment now. The link to the Senate seems to be working. I haven’t checked the others.

  9. The PBS link is working too.

  10. It’s over. No creationist fireworks.

  11. Another failure for American democracy.

  12. Our Curmudgeon updates us:

    It’s over. No creationist fireworks.

    What!!??? You mean that, inexplicably, Klinghoffer’s prediction was…gasp!…wrong?!

    …Well, being the man of deep integrity that he has previously demonstrated himself to be, I have no doubt he will shortly be posting an apology for his error.


  13. (Me imagining “creationist fireworks”)
    Senator Al Franken: “Mrs. DeVos would you concede that God made man, but the monkey supplied the groom?”

  14. Obviously, the liberals were scared off by Kling. That goes to show the power of the truth against those cowards.

  15. She got raked over by Kaine, Hassan and Franken, though. They did a good job of showing how utterly unsuitable she is for the job.

  16. Follow the money. She’ll get confirmed. She doesn’t have to know anything about federal laws or nothing nohow. She’ll find a way to channel federal money into for-profit charter schools. She’s only interested in that revenue stream. Educational outcomes don’t matter to her, only the money.

  17. Oh, yeah, she’s going to get confirmed and then everyone will get to discover just exactly why Michigan’s public schools are as crappy as they are – mostly due to her efforts and those of organizations she’s involved with.

  18. Y’all need to embrace this wonderful appointment! Unlike Obama, Betsy DeVos is going to protect our young’uns from grizzly bears

  19. Megalonyx, it seems you need to embrace another teachable moment. Once again I’m happy to help out. Don’t be so easily fooled. I watched the confirmation hearing of Betsy DeVos. Her comment was in the context of Sen. Enzi’s statement regarding the challenges rural school districts face. Sen. Enzi had shared with her that there was in fact a fence installed around the school in Wapiti, Wyoming to keep grizzly bears out. It’s close to Yellowstone National Park after all. Your link mentions only “wildlife”.

    Her big mistake? Deferring to local and state governments to decide whether to allow guns on school campuses.