No liberal/progressive could have gotten away with a program titled "No Child Left Behind." We would have all said, "You bleeding heart liberals, all you care about are the poor, the destitute and the slow at the expense of everyone else. How is anyone going to rise to the highest levels of achievement if our focus is on the lowest common denominator (a phrase which, coincidentally, future generations may not understand)."
Likewise, no conservative could have gotten away with a program titled, "Race To The Top." We would have said, "You conservatives only care about the best and brightest. What about those who might be left behind."
I guess there is not real point to this observation other than the fact that politics is stupid and a particularly poor path to enlightenment for an individual or a society.