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Jindal Urges Republicans To ‘Stop Being The Stupid Party,’ But Offers Few Ideas

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Jindal Urges Republicans To ‘Stop Being The Stupid Party,’ But Offers Few Ideas


In his first post-election interview, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal urged his fellow Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” — but stopped short of suggesting many substantive changes to the party’s platform.

“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal told Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party.”

Jindal went on to suggest that the Republicans become “the party of ideas, details and intelligent solutions,” declaring that “we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

Jindal is a curious messenger to tell Republicans that they should stop insulting the intelligence of the American people. After all, the Louisiana governor claims that he cured a woman’s cancer with an exorcism, and — through his support of the largest school voucher program in the nation — Louisiana has been re-routing money from public schools to private institutions that teach students that the Loch Ness Monster is real and the Great Depression was a myth, among other insane curricula.

It’s hard to demand that others champion “intelligent solutions” when you’re teaching your children that the Ku Klux Klan were actually the good guys.

On the economic front, Jindal struck a populist tone. “We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything,” the governor told Martin. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

The problem is, Jindal’s record does not match his rhetoric; for example, he is such a strident defender of Grover Norquist’s pledge to never raise taxes under any circumstances that Norquist endorsed Jindal to be the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Similarly, although Jindal slammed the “offensive, bizzare comments” that cost Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock their chances to win Senate seats, Politico‘s Martin reports that Jindal “suggested the party not retreat from its stances opposing abortion rights and gay marriage but rather soften its tone on such matters.”

On immigration, Jindal dodged Martin’s questions, putting the onus on President Obama to come up with a plan. “I think the president has said he wants to present a comprehensive approach; I think we as a party need to hear what he has to say and offer our ideas,” he said. In the past, however, Jindal has supported a strict, Arizona-style immigration law.

While Jindal did suggest that he may support something similar to the Volcker Rule, for the most part he offered no plan to move the party forward aside from striking a more positive tone. If Jindal is serious about respecting voters’ intelligence, then he must realize that they will see through his plan to offer the same ideas with a populist spin. Voters made clear on election night that, while they may not be enamored with the GOP’s style, they have equally serious concerns about the substance of the party’s plans.

Photo by Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com

Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. Clarence Swinney November 13, 2012

    MIDDLE 20%=17%
    TOP 10=25%
    TOP 5%=14%
    TOP 1%=4%

    1. latebloomingrandma November 14, 2012

      For the wealthy, the payroll tax would be paid and done in their first paycheck of the year. For most middle class and minimum wage earners, that tax comes out of every paycheck. So this idea that 47% pay “no taxes” doesn’t wash…income tax maybe so, but not the payroll tax, which is a higher rate than Mitt’s incomes tax paid.

  2. Clarence Swinney November 13, 2012

    OH! remove tax cut for top2% is a tax increase
    Remove loophole(exemption) is not a tax increase???

  3. Lynda November 13, 2012

    Good advice Bobby, albeti a few years late. It will take years, if not a decade, to reverse the asinine belief system employed by far too many conservatives. I wish them well.

  4. Clarence Swinney November 13, 2012

    Middle 20%=18%
    Top 10%=21%
    Top 5%=13%
    Top 1%=5%

  5. Michael Kollmorgen November 13, 2012

    Amazing, this idiotic guy is giving advice to an ideologically entrenched idiotic party?

    Sort of like walking near a dug up grave with one foot slipping on a Banana Peel.

    And, he’s the Banana Peel.

    Keep up the good work Mr. Jindal:)

  6. Dominick Vila November 14, 2012

    In a party dominated by Tea Party extremists, Jindal’s comment, which is obviously accurate, is tantamount to sacrilege. Whatever little chances he had of winning the 2016 GOP nomination are gone. He will be labeled a RINO, and the TP is going to go after him with a vengeance.

    1. Rvn_sgt6768 November 14, 2012

      Let us hope so.

  7. Otis Galloway November 14, 2012

    The Republican party has shown it is incapable of rational thought or mature behavior, and are unwilling to accept reality or change. Jindal is just an opportunist in the vein of R-Money.

    1. Richard Holmes November 16, 2012

      Lok at the dumbocraps. They are all on some real bad drugs. Then they open their yaps and spew some slop that everyone else is the problem. They have given this country to the socialists.

  8. hairball1 November 14, 2012

    Jindal and Louisiana. Isn’t this the state which insists creationism must be taught as part of science, and that the Loch Ness monster proves humans and dinosaurs can co-exist? Sure want to get my education there!

    1. Plznnn November 14, 2012

      I have always wondered why humans came from monkeys!

    2. warf 4 November 15, 2012

      Hahahaha!!! That’s not what I was taught when I was in school. Plus Jindal doesn’t speak for all of us. I didn’t vote for him, wouldn’t vote for him. This man stood firmly against the Auto bail-out. Being a UAW member, you know that rubbed me the wrong way. It didn’t surprise me though. He has all the mannerisms of a puppet. By the way, there are a lot of UAW members in Ohio. I’m guessing Mitt knows that now.. LOL!!!

  9. Daniel Keating November 14, 2012

    Read the message between the lines–“we have to stop SAYING crazy things…” that doesn’t mean they are going to stop believing them or passing legislation incorporating those crazy things. They intend on going into “stealth wacko” mode and “soften the message”—-it’s no less crazy–just latent

    1. Fern Woodfork November 14, 2012

      How Stupid Is Jindal He’s One Of Them!! I Watch Each Of These Nuts Ask For Money From The Government When Their Butts Get In Trouble, Fire Rick Perry, Storms Rubio, Christi, But Soon As They Get Their Orders From Tea Party, The Koch Brothers And The Rest Of The Puppet Masters, They Start Complaining Government Is To Big!!! Plus The Fact They Don’t Seem To Get , You Can’t Talk Nasty Plus Throw Half Of The American People Under The Bus Then Expect Them To Vote For These GOP/Tea Party Bullies And Thugs!!!

      1. Gilbert November 16, 2012

        My sentiments exactly. Bobby Jindal seems to have a few loose screws. His logic makes no sense. Basically, he just likes to hear himself talk.

    2. foolsdance November 14, 2012

      You hit the nail right on the head Daniel. No matter how much they tell eachother to watch what they say and how they say it though, it is fortunate that they seem incable of thinking before speaking.
      We must all be diligent over the next four years to scrutinize their words and actions and be prepared to use their own words and actions as ammunition against them.

    3. dsand1445 November 15, 2012

      Mr Keating, well said because thats exactly the take away I got from reading this article.

  10. Fever November 14, 2012

    Jindal knows what a Party of Stupid consists of every time he looks into the mirror, this guy has the gall to make such a statement when he flew all over the United States backing up the Presidental runner using Louisiana Tax Payer Money. Talk about the Party of Stupid !

  11. SHAYNE November 14, 2012

    Believe me, Jindal is as nuts as he sounds. I live in Louisiana and I tell you his master plan is an ultimate failure. The school voucher plan is a big failure . If any other states are considering this as a possible solution, don’t. Our school system is next to if not the worst school system in the country. Jindal is a joke. This state is suffering bad. If you have any smarts, stay out of Louisiana.

  12. latebloomingrandma November 14, 2012

    For someone who is as well educated as Bobby Jindal, he sure has twisted logic. A governor or POTUS has to look after all their people, not just certain slices of the population. If he values education, LA’s curriculum is disgraceful. Makes you wonder if there is some kind of conservative plan to keep the country stupid, so they can be manipulated easily. As far as conspiracy theories go, that is not much of a stretch. Also, Jindal was one of the first governors who said he would decline the Medicaid money when the ACA gets implemented. Hmmm–many of his constituents are not insured, so he isn’t concerned about their health? Well—if people are stupid AND unhealthy, thereby lacking the drive to improve—if anything, they will work cheap, or not vote.
    See how easy it is to come up with a conspiracy? At least mine makes a modicum of sense. From what I’ve gathered, the right wing think tanks have been planning the plutocracy for quite some time. This election shocked them. Perhaps because they don’t truly understand the “real” America.

    1. Michael Kollmorgen November 14, 2012

      I have always felt this is the republican end game; keep people stupid, no education and at least not in reality, keep em working for low wages, keep the states devided against each other, keep people poor and at each others throats with mis-information and lessen the power of the federal government.

      Gee, this all seems very similar to what people had to put up with in the Dark Ages, being that the Church had total control which also controlled each Fiefdom.

      The only difference between the Dark Ages and now is that Machiavelli’s Ten Commandments of Evil (15th 16th century political adviser) are now practiced by the Republicans using Economic Slavery rather than actually murdering people.

      1. YepThatTell November 14, 2012

        “I have always felt this is the republican end game; keep people stupid, no education and at least not in reality, keep em working for low wages, keep the states devided against each other, keep people poor and at each others throats with mis-information and lessen the power of the federal government.”
        Michael, you are absolutely spot-on correct. And please know that not all Louisianans are fooled by Gov. Bobby. He is a disaster. The sooner he fades into obscurity, the better for us all.

  13. Michael Mitchell November 14, 2012

    Jindal was elected by the Jesus people. He’s well educated and probably knows the truth of things but he will say anything to throw red meat to his voters.

  14. zeldaq November 14, 2012

    these comments from jindal are the first steps toward a run for the white house in 2016. here in louisiana, jindal doesn’t give an opinion on national issues. if he does, he kind of sweetens everything so he doesn’t appear to be too radical. louisiana is basically a red state, but after this last election more people are seeing that our voices do help change things. most people i talked to, said ” my vote won’t make a difference”; that seems to have changed somewhat. in my opinion, mr. jindal is a quiet politican. he only speaks up when he knows he has the approval of the majority. kinda like a mouse, or a follower instead of a leader. i think he is an educated man, but he is very aware of his heritage. the main reason that i don’t think a run for the white house for jindal is a good idea is that members of the GOP will tear him a new one during the nomination process. the last GOP nominations were brutal. the GOP gave the democrats all the ammonition they needed to secure a win. jindal won’t hold up. that’s typical of the GOP, and the tea party. should jindal get close to the nomination process, old razor tongue newt, the GOP, AND TEA PARTY PUPPET, will nail jindal’s political coffin shut.
    any way, i think jindal is s decent man. just not presidential material.

  15. Bob Shipp November 14, 2012

    Jindal will turn out to be just a “flash in the pan” on the national scene. Initially attractive as “not a white guy” republican, his pandering to the ultra right cannot stand up to scrutiny in the national spotlight. Hey Bobby, nobody’s listening!

    1. Jim Lou November 19, 2012

      Jindal is of Indian descent, that means from the country of India in the continent of Asia. In many ways he is similar to those of his background, yet he is different.

  16. Progressive Patriot November 14, 2012

    Thanks for the wake-up call, Patriots. Shows you how powerful and important our media is. As someone who is only minimally familiar with Gov. Jindal, his comments, standing alone in this article, sounded reasonable to me. I’m sure that there are plenty of us out there that are not exposed to progressive media, that will see him as a voice of reason. This is going to get very interesting!

    Also, Reagan stopped enforcing the Fairness Doctrine. What policy was it that hurt truth in journalism from the Clinton years? Something about allowing corporations and individuals to own unlimited media outlets?

    I ask, because I’d like to see a movement to move news back to the realm of journalism, and out of the realm of entertainment. Those radical right wing think tanks, backed by Oligarchs, Plutocrats and Corporate money, have been enacting a very devious, but brilliant plan on us over the last 30 years. What do you think?

    A vibrant democracy requires a strong middle class, and a well educated electorate. I can see why the Corporatocracy has attacked education, and taken over the media (in addition to buying our elected officials).

    Thank God for the internet. Let’s do our best to protect it!

    1. latebloomingrandma November 14, 2012

      Unfortunately, the internet is also full of junk, and for many people it’s hard to discern the good info from said junk. The journalism profession needs to reclaim their profession. Remember when there was no such thing as fact checkers, because reputable news outlets had their own? When a story had to have 3 corroborating sources before they would go with the story? Now, it’s get the story first, truth be damned. It’s about ratings and selling the product and ultimately enriching someone. And when some plutocrat is holding those purse strings, our democracy is in peril. Thus—-you have people believing Fox News as gospel and politicians bowing to the likes of Rush. Sad.

  17. ivory69690 November 14, 2012

    jingle jingle bells in his head he,s has his teacher seem by reading this . his teacher is the king of all FLIP FLOPING the ANTI-CHRIST ROMNEY

  18. sumthinfishy November 14, 2012

    “It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with
    offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal told Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.

    If you don’t think offensive bizarre things are true, you don’t say them. The problem is not that the mouth-bone is connected to the dumbass statement-bone here, but that they have dumbass stuff in their heads that they really believe is true, so they say it is so.

  19. howa4x November 14, 2012

    This is so typical of the republican party. Does anyone remember GWB’s compassionate conservatism? Where he actually wanted creationism taught along side of science, and started to curtail social programming, soften enviornmental safeguards, and worker safety. Today we have the tea party govenor of SC issuing orders not to mention sea level rise in any state documents. Va legislature tried to do the same. The game is let’s pretend the problems don’t exist. Jindal who is governor of a near swamp south of New Orleans and experienced one of the worst and most destructive hurricanes in history so why is he not comming out with climate change alerts. He stays quiet. The republicans are all smoke and mirrors. They try to have good advertising cover up for the lack of substance. They try to cover up that they are shamelessly for the 1% and will do anything to anybody to enhance their profits and wealth. You don’t need to know anything else about them

  20. DBH316 November 14, 2012

    As long as Bobby Jindal is giving advice, Democrats are safe. He is as far right as the rest of the idiots that wandered into the White House behind George W. Bush. The last thing we need is Liberal Media telling the GOP to change pundits and leadership. We should be praising their efforts so they will try harder next time and elect Pallin and Coulter to run. If you feed it to them slowly, they will think it is their idea. In 2 years we need to reduce their advantage in the House, but that will have to mean a lot of independents changing their views of who can get the job done. Democrats need to be united to do that.

  21. Kennith November 14, 2012

    And the walls came tumbling down.

  22. Rvn_sgt6768 November 14, 2012

    All of my recollections of Jindal are of him being and saying exactly what he now wants the GOP to not do and say. Is this a pig with another face on it like all the different faces Mittey tried on in his run for the Presidency? I do not think Jindal or many republicans understand that the electorate (most anyway) can see how disingenuous this ploy is. I would welcome an honest attempt by Republicans to change but I do not trust their sincerity at this point in time.

  23. Glitch Villa November 14, 2012

    Seriously, take another look at Bobby. Here is the village idiot telling all the other Uglicans that they are stupid. lol
    Life is good right this minute in spite of the Great Recession.

  24. Sand_Cat November 14, 2012

    Why has Jindal so few ideas? Could it be because he’s stupid, too?

  25. adriancrutch November 14, 2012

    We will have to access candidates to be sure of their actual loyalties, No WOLVES! Hiding in the background.

  26. Carol Dijkhuyzen November 14, 2012

    Hopeless basket case republican LOSERS!

  27. Jackmack November 14, 2012

    I don’t think that the Republican Party is not going change that why they are called the stupid party or maybe they will get head out of there a*s

  28. Pat Johnson November 14, 2012

    Go back to India, Jindall.

  29. Pat Johnson November 14, 2012

    Jindall, an Nikki Haley, are the biggest lobbyists to import Indian labor to the US. They come on work visas, produce here and become American citizens on the expense of other felloe Americans.

  30. Kansan November 14, 2012

    Spare us.

    Piyush Jindal’s behavior belies his rhetoric.

    He is possibly the country’s biggest electoral whore for the Koch brothers. He was by far the biggest recipient in Louisiana of Kochbucks, but steered them also to Democrats such as the weasel Noble Ellington, former national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council, and a few other elected legislators, to encourage them to change parties and give the Republicans their first legislative majority since they joined in the disenfranchisment of African Americans during Reconstruction.

    Ellington was rewarded by his party switch by a lucrative sinecure in Jindal’s administration.

    Jindal “have brown face, will travel,” was the instrument employed by the Kochs to support Scott Walker, John Kasich and other Koch whores around the U.S. Indeed, though the mainstream media failed to report it, the Kochs spent twice as much money supporting Walker than was spent by the entire campaign of his Democratic opponent in the recall election who was outspent 10-1. It was not a rejection of union workers by Wisconsin citizens, but rather the result of an enormous, sophisticated and disingenouus campaign that so flooded voters that they couldn’t see through the fog of propaganda.

    Indeed, Piyush’s anti-worker and anti-union machinations, especially his efforts toward privatization of core government services, put him in a league with the likes of HCA swindler, Florida governor Rick Scott, as well as Kasich and Walker.

    “Bobby” is the personification of the near-total corporate takeover of the Republican party.

  31. ExPAVIC November 14, 2012

    Changes in the GOP

    So Bobby Jindal who has been undergoing skin lightening procedures must go back to the doctor to have his skin darken in keeping with the “new look” GOP.

    How confused is the Old, Old, used up GOP? Stayed tuned as only time will tell.

    So when is the GOP funeral and where do we send flowers? Will there be an open casket and how are they going to get Karl Rove to lay still so long?

  32. JuneBug2 November 14, 2012

    You forgot to mention that his voucher supported schools will be teaching “Biblical math”. Whatever that is!! Must be whatever Nate Silver isn’t using.

    1. Alogon November 15, 2012

      Biblical math might define the circumference of a circle as three times the diameter, because It Is Written. It’s crazy, but if parents are irresponsible enough to want their kids to learn this, I don’t see why we should cut off our noses to spite our faces stopping them. They’re learning little enough of benefit in some public schools, I’m sorry to say, becoming bad employment prospects in either case.

      I happen to believe that a moderate level of school vouchers will do more good than harm.
      Nobody seems to jump up and down over various kinds of federal scholarships and support for students at denominational colleges. Why is this and why shouldn’t the principle be extended to K-12? Education needs all the support it can get.

      1. JuneBug2 November 15, 2012

        I AM jumping up and down about the amount of money going to places like Liberty University, Oral Roberts University, Phoenix and all the other pseudo intellectual institutions whose main purpose is to line their pockets or encourage anti-scientific, mythological drivel.
        I’m also jumping up and down about having to pay high property taxes for city, county services because any country club church with a bowling alley and any little jake leg preacher with a “church” gets a pass on property taxes. In effect I am being taxed to support religion which in recent years has focused on turning this country into a theocracy. Most of them need to register as a political party.. —– Original Message —–
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        Alogon wrote, in response to JuneBug2:

        Biblical math might define the circumference of a circle as three times the diameter, because It Is Written. It’s crazy, but if parents are irresponsible enough to want their kids to learn this, I don’t see why we should cut off our noses to spite our faces stopping them. They’re learning little enough of benefit in some public schools, I’m sorry to say, becoming bad employment prospects in either case.
        I happen to believe that a moderate level of school vouchers will do more good than harm. Nobody seems to jump up and down over various kinds of federal scholarships and support for students at denominational colleges. Why is this and why shouldn’t the principle be extended to K-12? Education needs all the support it can get.

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  33. orangeman65 November 14, 2012

    The repbulican can’t help it! They were born to be Stuck onb Stupid, Riding on Retardation, Dangling from Ignorance, and their Ignition locked on Ignorance! They need to get Hooked on Phonics and not Ebonics! HPHLMAO!

  34. latebloomingrandma November 14, 2012

    Bobby Jindal will only do well on the national scene if he does well by his state. So far, not impressed. Keep an eye on how well New Jersey recovers from the disaster.

  35. northroader1775 November 14, 2012

    Here comes the clown posse all stepping up to the plate to start swinging at the 2016 nomination. Are we going right back to election season???? There is actual work to do, I am tired of these assholes getting paid for keeping their job while never doing their job. Election cycles should be 3 months long and stop 1 month before the actual election so people can think and discuss the issues. Politicians need to get about the business of actually governing the rest of the time.

    1. Mike Trant November 14, 2012

      “Election cycles should be 3 months long and stop 1 month before the actual election so people can think and discuss the issues”. Exactly, plus compulsory voting over a 3-day weekend, Monday a national holiday, to cast votes. First weekend in November…and no polling during the last week of the campaign.

  36. Deardra Shuler November 14, 2012

    Is this a man of color making such dumb statements. What do you mean the KKK are nice guys and the rich should be protected at all costs. You sound like another Republican idiot that doesn’t realize he is an idiot.

  37. Deardra Shuler November 14, 2012

    Its as if God said “Let them All Expose themselves.” No one need do anything, just wait while they run over each other revealing all their ignorance and sins on their own.

  38. epp66 November 14, 2012

    I lived in louisiana for four years. It is a disaster. One of the pooresst states in the nation. The quy tries to hide everythinghe does in secrecy. Does not support all the citizens of the state. Blame the people of the state for voting the guy in. Public schools going broke voucher schools taking to many students at one time. System supports racism.

    1. Alogon November 16, 2012

      Jindal sounds a little like our Corbett in Pennsylvania in that way. He stays out of the limelight, prefers to work behind the scenes. But many of his proposals are outrageous, such as draconian budget cuts for education so that the frackers can rape the state’s resources without paying the public a thing. You’d think that his stances would make him very controversial. But guess what? A new poll shows that more than 20% of our voters have NO OPINION about the governor. He is so below the radar most of the time.

  39. Douglas November 14, 2012

    You can’t fix stupid, Bobby.

  40. Romeo Romero November 14, 2012

    Wow’ I been looking for you, Mr. Bobby Jindal, I knew it since I saw you. Either you’re with party in time or out of touch. Party of hate or party understanding the reality of life here in U.S. of A. Yes, you got it right on the button. Your beloveth GOP is lost in time. Some hate the president so much so that it disillusioned their mind. Some prentend to introduce new ideas but still lead to Tea Party ideals. If you just listen few months before the election; the dispeakable words of Anne coulter, Donald Trump, Rush Limbough, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Karl Rove, Dick Morris and yet they expect the people to like them and agree with them. Yes, you’re very right, they’re great insult to American intelegence and decency. Even the old GOP stalwarts seems to lost their mind, John McCain, Newt Ginrich. Mitt Romney has a fair chance but these guys pushed him toward the Tea Party of hate. I am proud Republican but they lost me this time. George W, might not be right on his economic blunder, but you know what, he meant what he says and standy the consiquence. Governor, Robert Jindal, you too gonna have a hard time, I hate to say it, it would be very very remote for the GOP to support you as their front runner. At least, not this GOP.

  41. jjrjon November 14, 2012

    Jindal, you should have realized the Republician Party was stupid a long time ago. What took so long for you to dream up this statement???

  42. Edi Hasan November 14, 2012

    I have a suggestion to switch. Republican should read articles and news about Democrate (like National Memo or Left Actiona), we Democrate read articles and news about in Republican web site. Otherwise, they wouldn’t know that their party leader are all CRAZY and NUT…!!!

  43. Edi Hasan November 14, 2012

    I have a suggestion to switch. Republican should read articles and news about Democrate (like National Memo or Left Actiona), we Democrate read articles and news about in Republican web site. Otherwise, they wouldn’t know that their party leader are all CRAZY and NUT…!!!

  44. Gary Graves November 14, 2012

    O O O sh@###@$, are these people crazy? you are right Keating.

  45. Carlos Gonzalez November 14, 2012

    It’s about time a Republican politician express discontentment over how his peers need to step up to the plate and support the President.

  46. robert November 14, 2012

    Bobby Jindal is an embarrassment to Louisiana, a hack and a butcher for the same party is asking to stop talking stupid. Jindal is one of the Republican/Tea Party governors across America who was cutting healthcare, mental health, social aide for children and the elderly, aide for the homeless and helpless. The same kind who ordered their departments of labor to disqualify the unemployed from getting unemployment benefits.He is cutting education and has ruined the public school system here in the attempt to privatize it in Charter and Recovery School Districts that are privately owned and waiting for the voucher system. He has cut funding to hospitals that could save people’s lives, that could stop disabled children from suffering. His cuts to mental health and prisons is horrendous, because if anyone is killed by some mentally challenged person or that mentally challenged person kills someone because he cut funding to mental health facilities, that blood is on his hands. the money he saved from those cuts went to the GOP/Tea Party campaigns and for tax breaks and subsidies to attract corporationsand industries to this state, and when they come here, they bring their own in-house workers or outsource their manufacturing to their overseas holdings on our dime and refuse to hire. Bobby Jindal IS stupid, and the sooner he is gone from this state the better. he has singlehandedly ruined any chance for another Republican to become governor of Louisiana in the future, and I hope any other time.

  47. Andrew Septimus November 15, 2012

    Daniel put this “new” problem into vivid perspective: the wackos will go stealth with an altered message that lulls the public into thinking the party has changed. No matter the color or shape of the curtain, what is behind the folds is still the same.

  48. Diogenes67 November 15, 2012

    “What, Me Worry?” – Alfred E. Jindal

  49. stoptheinsanity November 15, 2012

    Jindal is about as stupid as they come. Look at how much destruction he has caused Louisiana, yet people continue to reelect nut cases like him and their right-wing extremists buddies. Jindal has fought tooth-and-nail against the interests of teachers, is refusing to accept Medicaid for the citizens in his state who badly need it because he gets his marching orders from the extremist Republican and Tea Party structure, yet he will gladly accept government bailout money when it comes to storms that ravage Louisiana. If Jindal really believed in the states handling all matters, why is it okay for him to accept federal money during these times? Jindal can say all that he wants abut the Republican party being the “stupid party,” which is so very true, but rhetoric doesn’t amount to a hill of beans. What Jindal is telling his fellow extremist Republicans is to be careful what they say but it is quite allright to continue with the same racist and extremist policies that continue to alienate more of the American demographic from the party and its beliefs. I’ve heard many Republicans who still believe that their message is the right one. They only believe that they have to repackage it and better communicate it. If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it’s still a duck no matter how much they repackage it. The white Southern strategy of winning national elections is dead. There has to be a total evisceration of the Republican party as it exists today. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

  50. René Milan November 15, 2012

    If realizes he’s part of a stupid party and doesn’t switch to a less stupid one, what does that make him ?

    1. Alogon November 15, 2012

      The loyal opposition? Not even Obama and the Democrats are perfect, you know. We don’t want a one-party system. We want a better Republican party, which includes confessing and apologizing for their past transgressions (going way back, I’d hope, to the three-ring circus they made of Bill Clinton’s blow job. I’m still waiting….. maybe an elephant never forgets, but this elephant counts on a hell of a lot of amnesia in the electorate. It’s not very respectful.) What Jindal said is an encouraging start.

      I bet he’s had a lot of grinning and bearing to do ever since the Gulf oil spill disaster, when he was trying to portray his State’s problems as all Obama’s fault for not coming to the aid of Louisiana fast enough and heavily enough– another Katrina scandal it was, to hear him talk– and then suddenly the GOP party line changed to “what disaster?”
      Pooor Bobby.

      The Republicans do need more pragmatism, enlightenment, and intelligence. We used to be able to look at least to Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and New York to find them. Governors Walker and Corbett and Senator Toomey are like creatures from outer space compared to their GOP predecessors, who would all be drummed out as RINOS now.
      But Jindal in Louisiana? Maybe beggars can’t be choosers, but they retain the right to be suspicious. I don’t trust him; but even hypocrisy as the tribute that vice pays to virtue comes as a bit of a relief if we can see the definition of virtue improving.

      1. René Milan November 15, 2012

        All good points. But as indicated in my above comment, i’d rather see them just go away:

        “The republican (gop – what a joke) party’s reputation is in tatters with the mainstream and their name is mud. Why not dissolve it and create successors andor alternatives. Happens all the time in other countries, and has happened before in the u.s.a. The two-party system needs to be shaken up anyway.”

        1. Alogon November 15, 2012

          There are alternatives, e.g. the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and the Constitution Party. They get nowhere, partly because the system contemplates two parties and stacks the deck against other contenders. Those of us who agree that we need a more pragmatic approach to political issues must ask ourselves whether it is more pragmatic to hope for the abolition of the Republican Party and for something else (which may or may not exist today) to take its place, or for people of common sense once again to take the reigns of the GOP. I’d opt for the latter as happier and more likely, not because I love the present Republican Party at all, but simply because I see it as more doable and more in keeping with the Founding Fathers’ distaste for “factions.”

          My guess is that it’s largely wishful thinking either way. They have to go through the motions of soul-searching after a loss; but it’s normal for a sitting President to be re-elected. Citizens United, voter-ID requirements, and gerrymandering are three ongoing steam rollers favoring Republicans down-ticket, no matter what voters actually think. 45 Senators are more than they had four years ago. They still control important governerships and state legislators. Meanwhile, plutocratic pickpockets and their religious-right decoys have centuries of mutually beneficial success co-operating, even if they despise one another privately. It’s as the girl gushed to her young fiance over dinner: “Love comes and goes– what we have is true co-dependency!”

          1. René Milan November 16, 2012

            Again, all valid points. But I don’t think republicans are viable in the long run considering the continuing demographic changes. Either they just wither away or they remake themselves. The latter will be easier with a new name and new people (and hopefully a new platform). The advantage of having them gone will be that if after over a century there will not be the two habitual “alternatives” voters might be swayed to consider other options. But this as you say may also be wishful thinking,
            It will be better to abolish the presidential system which often results in what the french call cohabitation but really looks more like mutual spousal abuse (the partners in the u.s. case being administration and congress).
            With all the faults of their own, parliamentary “democracies” at least avoid this trap most of the time. Even the british, newbies that they are to the idea, have maintained a most unlikely coalition for quite some time now. And if the voters create unworkable majorities just let them do it over (and over) again until they get it right. Works better in my view.

          2. Alogon November 16, 2012

            You’re right, demography looks like the most irresistable force against the GOP status quo.

  51. dsand1445 November 15, 2012

    Is it me after reading this article the message Jindal is saying ” come on guys take off the hood and robes and put suites on you stand out. You got to blend in more. Don’t change your racist and sexist policies. just look and express them softer and with a smile.” Good News thats not going work either. If the republicans were smart they would abandon the tactic of obstructionist obviously it didn’t work this past 4 years. They seem want to keep it up which will spell doom for the GOP. Yes there are alot of Obama haters most simply because he’s Black it is what it is put this way there are 2 kinds of Obama haters the ones who admit it’s because he’s Black and the ones who don’t. Explain to me why the southern Redneck states start petitions to succeed the union last time that happen slavery law I’m gonna say this to you know who you are if you thumbs down this comment Obama Won the election A black man is President and will be for another 4 years get over it the Th and Th centuries are over come join the ST century. It’s call reality

  52. love2smileagain November 15, 2012

    im from louisiana this turd is despised there by the common man

  53. Don B November 15, 2012

    I wish all these right-wing nuts would all move to Texas or Louyisiana and seceed from the Union…….

  54. S-3 November 15, 2012

    Anyone who leaves in Louisiana needs to leave that state and let it die at this point – the kind of leadership we’re seeing here will continue to make it as poor and expendable as any 3rd world country out there sadly is (but not completely by their own design) today…

    Whatever bad legislation or shortcommings taking place because of Repugs in general should have everyone up in arms, not voting for them. No matter how innocent these scum act, SCUM IS ALL THEY ARE.

  55. René Milan November 15, 2012

    The republican (gop – what a joke) party’s reputation is in tatters with the mainstream and their name is mud. Why not dissolve it and create successors andor alternatives. Happens all the time in other countries, and has happened before in the u.s.a. The two-party system needs to be shaken up anyway.

  56. Richard Holmes November 16, 2012

    Who is this socialist dolt? No one realy cares to listen to an un-American bum. He can leave this country and never come back and he can takle AL his comunist pals with him.

    1. René Milan November 16, 2012

      You know u.s. population constitutes less than 5% of people (and according to you some of those too are “un-American” – what an idiotic word). The vast majority of humans prefer to listen to un-american bums than to fascistoid dimwits like you.

  57. Mildred Ortega Calderon November 16, 2012

    Stupid party? Sounds childish. To think these men are university graduates with long political careers and have such unprofessional vocabulary and behavior is astonishing to me.

  58. imabrummie November 17, 2012

    Sounds like a regular, gun-toting hypocrite to me as in don’t do as I do, do as I say! I notice he says nothing about changing the fact of his state receiving more from Federal taxpayers than it contributes to the Federal Government!

  59. AaronNashuaNH November 21, 2012

    Unfortunately, Jindahl has added a lot to the ideology and mentality he’s asking his party to cut back on. How can you expect someone to take your advice when you have failed time and again to follow it yourself? The party he speaks of is hopelessly broken and needs a major transformation. That goes for the other partisan political groups and extremist religious factions, both here and abroad. There is a way out, though.


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