Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., taught British literature for 23 years at public school before becoming Congressâ€™s first openly gay nonwhite representative. Now, 21 years after leaving the schoolroom, Takano is bringing his pedagogical skills from the schoolhouse to the House of Representatives to criticize Republicans for opposing immigration reform.
Twenty-one House Republicans wrote a letter to Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, expressing their opposition to the bill. Takano postedÂ the letter graded like an essayÂ on his Tumblr.
The edits largely criticize the letter for wanting to break up immigration into smaller bills and for exaggerating minor details.
The tactic has drawn fire from many in the House calling the move petty and distracting.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., who wrote the bill, expressed frustration at the air of superiority and lack of serious consideration.
â€śThis grandstanding represents everything Americans hate about Washington, rank partisanship and pettiness while posturing oneself as above the fray and superior," he wrote.
Some accuse the comments of being hypocritical, at one point arguing, â€śPlease argue policy, not procedureâ€ť after also criticizing the letter for counting the billâ€™s pages instead of its words. It also criticizes the letter for being hypocritical.
Takano gave the essay an â€śF.â€ť As the battle of immigration rages on, observers are torn between viewing the tactic as petty and parochial or innovative and cunning.