On West Wing, a Texas congressman is a longshot candidate for president, though we know he's got a chance since he's played by Jimmy Smits. He's supposed to be a good guy who's interested in policy, specifically education. He talks about accountability and firing bad teachers, while paying merit pay to good ones. So, how would he hold teachers and schools accountable across the country? Nationalize education. This is presented as the obviously good policy that anybody with courage would support. I offer this as a sign of what liberal Hollywood writers are thinking.