He won't win. From what I've read, he doesn't even expect to win. He's just doing it to make a point.
The point being that teacher's unions are destroying schools and illegal immigrants are destroying wages. Read his "Why I Filed to Run" manifesto.
Common sense tells you that when you can't fire bad teachers because their union won't allow it, you'll get bad schools. Common sense tells you that when you keep flooding the labor market with new unskilled workers, wages will deterioriate.Perhaps...
But common sense also tells me that "bad" teachers are a judgment call. I also think that there are other problems with schools, not just problems with teacher unions, but with uninterested students, uninspired curricula, and unhinged parents who are as lazy as they are stingy.
The other problem with Mickey's assessment is that he equates "illegal immigrants" with "unskilled workers." Granted, illegal immigrants may find themselves working in unskilled jobs, but I think it defies credibility to say that all (or even most) illegal immigrants have no skills.
No, our immigration policies prevent them from using their skills. I also think if we were to liberalize our immigration policies, unskilled jobs would go to unskilled people, not skilled people who find themselves without the necessary paperwork.
But then again, I don't think Mickey Kaus has really thought about these policies that much. He's thought about what he would like to see, and then thought of ways to put that in the proper light, but he's stopped thinking critically about them a long time ago.
If we suddenly woke up in a world where teacher's unions did not exist, you would probably find Mickey Kaus still railing against them. Because that's just the type of guy he is.