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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Bobby Jindal Tells Republicans to Stop Being So Stupid

Posted by on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Politico ran an interview with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal about where he thinks the Republican Party should go.

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,” Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “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. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”

I've got to hand it to Jindal: This sounds like it could be a good start for Republicans. But the first step in being an intelligent party? Being big supporters of education. And the Louisiana voucher system that Jindal championed is ensuring that a whole new generation of dumb Republicans is going to be voting real soon:

The school willing to accept the most voucher students — 314 — is New Living Word in Ruston, which has a top-ranked basketball team but no library. Students spend most of the day watching TVs in bare-bones classrooms. Each lesson consists of an instructional DVD that intersperses Biblical verses with subjects such as chemistry or composition.

The Upperroom Bible Church Academy in New Orleans, a bunker-like building with no windows or playground, also has plenty of slots open. It seeks to bring in 214 voucher students, worth up to $1.8 million in state funding.

At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains "what God made" on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution.

You can't just say you're going to be smarter. You've got to support smarter policies and help foster a smarter American people. Otherwise, you're creating a dumb electorate that you'll have to pander to. It's cause and effect.


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The numbers on the voucher thing are out of date - neither one of those schools was able to enroll that many, though they did enroll some and they are getting public money.

I know Jindal is already campaigning for 2016, but I don't think he will be their nominee. With the way he has screwed up this state (and in particular, alienated the state's media--he won't speak to them), he wouldn't even win Louisiana.

In the last gubernatorial election, when he was running essentially unopposed (his best-funded opponent had a campaign budget of a whopping $50k), he got just over 60% of the vote statewide, and barely got over 50% in his home parish.

He also vetoed a law that was passed that just continued a small tax on cigarettes, the proceeds of which helped fund healthcare in the state, and then proceeded to dismantle the state-run health system, including firing it's very well qualified director when he dared disagree with Lord Bobby.

He's just more of the same, no matter how good a game he talks.
Posted by Sheryl on November 13, 2012 at 1:16 PM · Report this
treacle 3
Talk, it's ooonly talk
Babble, burble, banter
Bicker bicker bicker
Brouhaha, balderdash, ballyhoo
It's only talk
Posted by treacle on November 13, 2012 at 1:33 PM · Report this
treacle 4
Elephant Talk.
Posted by treacle on November 13, 2012 at 1:35 PM · Report this
Jindal explicitly rules out any actual change in policy. He's arguing for being more clever in deceiving moderates who are scared away by the ferocity of the right.
Posted by Alden on November 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM · Report this
pfffter 6
Excellent post. The last paragraph is perfect.
Posted by pfffter on November 13, 2012 at 1:47 PM · Report this
MacCrocodile 7
Bobby Jindal.

Governor of Louisiana.

Wants to talk like grownups.

Good luck with that, Bobby.
Posted by MacCrocodile on November 13, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
It's funny that he thinks that he can turn the ship around at this point. The Rs spent literally an entire generation creating this mess for themselves - they're not going to get out of it at this point by trying to appeal to the "smart conservative" electorate they've been bent on exterminating.
Posted by eptified on November 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM · Report this
Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In 9
Chatter. Chit-chat. Chit-chat. Chit-chat. Conversation. Contradiction. Criticism.

It's all just talk.

Now, cue the outrage among the conservative echo-chamber. W/in two days, we'll see Jindal effigies hung on trees, right next to Obama.
Posted by Some Old Nobodaddy Logged In on November 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Is there one of those complex German words for "irony so profound that it rips space-time?"

If it wasn't for stupid people there would be no Republican Party at all.
Posted by tkc on November 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Timrrr 11
"Cause and effect" is not a biblical principal.
Posted by Timrrr on November 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM · Report this
Well my call (in SLOG) was that whichever party lost the election would split apart. We're definitely seeing some fractious tea party noise.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on November 13, 2012 at 3:11 PM · Report this
Thank you, Paul, for calling out Jindal on education.

Louisiana is the POSTER CHILD for all that is wrong with so-called ed reform. Vouchers for all and there are school teaching that dinosaurs existed at the same time as people. New Orleans is virtually an all-charter district (and with the predictable outcomes and fraud).

Yes, he wants them dumb and malleable (as though no one can see what he is doing to the children of his state - at least those in public schools).
Posted by westello on November 13, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 14
Super. Lets take an example from Louisiana, where they seriously proposed to allow charter schools do reject gay students. Louisiana has one of the most fucked up education systems in the entire country.

Jindal is an ass.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Knat 15
Reading about that "school" turns my stomach. How about we call them madrasas instead? It sounds like they're closer to madrasas that than what we'd typically call a school, and the conservatives would hate that.
Posted by Knat on November 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM · Report this
Frank Blethen's vodka distiller 16
That's kind of like telling you new puppy not to shit on the floor.
Posted by Frank Blethen's vodka distiller on November 13, 2012 at 5:46 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 17
@12 - No joke. The Republicans have been so disciplined about uniting on a simple message ever since The Contract with America in the 90s. Now they are all over the map.

Fox News viewers must be beside themselves. "Why is everything so darn... complicated!"
Posted by Free Lunch on November 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM · Report this
These schools that take the voucher students are also exempted from the state tests. So until they graduate, no one will know just how dumb they are. (Unless they use Twitter prolifically, so everyone can see how poorly they spell and how racist they are.)
Posted by StuckInUtah on November 13, 2012 at 7:58 PM · Report this
Renton Mike 19
The second quote is a good example of why I voted against charter schools.
Posted by Renton Mike on November 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM · Report this

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