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Scoot: Jindal's comments on Obama not good for GOP

With the 2014 midterm elections approaching and early positioning for the 2016 presidential election already underway, the Republican Party is still trying to figure out who they are.

This week, speaking to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that he has been wrong about Jimmy Carter and that President Obama is the “worst president” in his lifetime.  Jindal also compared the President to George Wallace saying that Obama is “trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education, the chance to go to better schools.”

And if that wasn’t enough, Gov. Jindal essentially said that President Obama is not very intelligent when he said, “We have long thought and said this president is a smart man; it may be time to revisit that assumption.”  Those who agree with Jindal questioning Obama’s intelligence reminds me of the many on the left who said that George W. Bush was not very intelligent because he had a “C” average at Yale. Really! He went to Yale! If he got a “C” he should still be considered intelligent!


Considering the national image of the Republican Party since the campaign of 2012, it is amazing that Republicans continue to perpetrate the negative stereotype of the party.

Recent Republican condemnation of very derogatory comments made by ultra-conservative rocker Ted Nugent seemed to indicate that the Republican Party was eager to reject what has been perceived as “hate talk.”  This week, New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez publically said that the Party must change its attitude and even those who disagree with President Obama should tone down the rhetoric.

Jindal’s comments about President Obama, along with other things said by Republicans at the CPAC meeting this week confirm the Republican Party is still bipolar, and Gov. Jindal could be a poster boy for the party’s disorder.

Flashback to January 2013, only a few months after the surprising defeat of Mitt Romney – Bobby Jindal stood before the Republican National Committee meeting in Charlotte, NC and said that the Republican Party needs to “stop being the stupid party” and we “might need to change just about everything else we are doing.” 

Jindal also told members of his own party, “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments.  I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”  And from the same person who made those comments a little over a year ago, come these misguided comments about President Obama.

Disagreeing with this President or any President on policy and ideology are part of democracy, but America is tiring of personal, derogatory attacks from both sides of the political aisle.  MSNBC hosts have been guilty of hateful, derogatory speech that should be denounced along with the same attitude often only attributed to the “right.”  But Democrats are less in need of an image overhaul.

If the Republican Party fails to come together and rally around issues that resonate with Americans – especially Americans under 40 – the party will struggle to win the White House.  Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R) was right when he told the CPAC meeting this week that the party needs to stand for something.  Although, I’m not sure Ted Cruz will represent exactly what that “something” should be.

The good news is that America is changing – the bad news is those who make up today’s Establishment do not seem willing to acknowledge a changing social and political climate. 

A new Pew Research survey, released today, shows that 50% of Millenials – the generation between 18 and 33-years-old – think of themselves as Independents. That’s up from 38% in 2004.  Currently, 27% describe themselves as Democrats and only 17% say they are Republicans.  Polls consistently show that Americans under 40 have a more liberal position on same-sex marriage and other social issues.  And yet, many in the Republican Party continue on a crusade promoting government involvement in social issues, which contributed to the defeat of Romney in 2012.

Many Republicans are fiscally and militarily conservative, but socially liberal, and there is a growing distaste for hateful, personal attacks on politicians.  As long as the Republican Party insists on forcing a right-wing agenda on social and moral issues – the Democrats will win even if by default.

The fact that 50% of a younger generation considers themselves Independents is further evidence of the growing discontent with both political parties.  When Gov. Jindal, who many still think could be a presidential candidate in 2016, says the Republican Party needs to “stop being the stupid party” and then a year later makes insulting comments about the President, that only confirms why so many Americans have become disgusted with politicians.

Bobby Jindal seems to think that he can be a legitimate presidential candidate – or at least a good choice for a running mate for the nominee. 

Bobby Jindal loves the art of politics – he is just not a very good artist!


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03/07/2014 12:30PM
Scoot: Jindal’s comments on Obama not good for GOP
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03/07/2014 12:49PM
Again, working for the party NOT Louisiana!
Ur so right Scoot! There goes antiquated Jindal appeasing the extreme instead of the majority. Who's Louisiana's worst governor is the real question.
03/07/2014 2:11PM
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby!
Keep spouting your rhetoric...Bottom line with the attitude of the Right as it is, the'll never gain control of the WH.
03/07/2014 2:38PM
Jindal's not dumb
Earlier in the show someone inferred that Jindal’s stance on creationism means that he is naïve. (The caller actually said “stupid.”) I disagree. Jindal holds a degree in biology from Brown. It’s not likely that Jindal believes at all in creationism and he certainly knows there is nothing in creationism that is supported by science. This says to me that Jindal is not naïve, but disingenuous. He is willing to take up any position he feels can help him realize his ambitions regardless of whether he believes in it or not. That probably accounts for the many times he has contradicted himself throughout his term as governor.
03/07/2014 2:44PM
Services reduced, public institutions closed/privatized to fund presidential bid.
Public wages slashed as workloads increase. Parents turned away by charter schools. Everything privatized.
03/07/2014 3:41PM
GOP
CPAC speakers prove the GOP is stuck on this behavior. It is a parade of ignorance and base-pandering. It's a mutual admiration society for people who want to say or applaud the same old same old. With these people in or driving the primaries and agenda of the GOP, it will be a hard and painful fight for them to get past it and re-image the party.
03/07/2014 4:01PM
Santorum
Former Sen. Rick Santorum says Republicans lose elections when they nominate moderates. Santorum ran for president in 2012 as a social conservative and is weighing another bid. He said Friday the GOP should not sacrifice conservatism in an effort to expand the party's appeal.
03/07/2014 6:42PM
OBAMA SUCKS
EXPLAIN WHY OBAMA HAS NOMINATED TO THE DOJ A RACIST ATTORNEY THAT VOLUNTARILY DEFENDED A BLACK PANTHER COP KILLER??
03/07/2014 6:58PM
obama sucks
Why is Scoot opposed to shooting back attackers? Grow yourself a pair!!
03/07/2014 7:23PM
GUEST POSTER SUCKS
Constitutionally everyone is entitled to a defense in court. Deal with it.
03/07/2014 7:39PM
thanks scoot
Obviously youre a liberal writing to a liberal audience to get them riled up against the GOP-well congratulations you suck -ceded
03/07/2014 7:43PM
OBAMA SUCKS
WHY IS IT YOU TYPE A PARAGRAPH AND BEFORE YOU SEND IT, IT TIMES OUT AND YOU HAVE TO START ALL OVER AGAIN...THIS WEBSITE SUCKS
03/07/2014 7:49PM
OBAMA SUCKS
HEY GUEST POSTER SUCKS...HE VOLUNTEERED TO DO THAT...KEYWORD...VOLUNTEER...WOULD YOU SUPPORT THIS GUY? IF YOU DO, YOUR AN IDIOT..THERE ARE MILLIONS OF ATTORNEYS AND OBAMA PICKED THIS ONE BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WAS A RACIST AND OBAMA HIMSELF IS RACIST.....
03/07/2014 7:50PM
OBAMA SUCKS
WHAT IF IT WAS A WHITE GUY WHO DEFENDED VOLUNTARILY A KKK PERSON WHO MURDERED A BLACK MAN??? I BET YOU AND ALL THE OTHER LIBS WOULD BE OUT IN THE STREET....DEPO NOT ONLY DEFEND THIS BLACK PANTHER MUSLIM COP KILLER BUT HE ALSO SUPPORTS RACIAL QUOTAS IN COLLEGE ADMISSION...LOOK UP THE FISHER CASE...ALSO...HE THINKS VOTER ID LAWS ARE RACIST...OF ALL THE YEARS I VOTED IT NEVER OCCURRED TO ME THAT ITS RACIST...HE ALSO THINKS BLACK CRIMINALS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE...AND RACIAL QUOTAS WHEN IT COMES TO THE CLASSROOM AND DETENTIONS......
03/07/2014 11:29PM
Jindall Limbaugh
jinx all is like a baby Rush Limbaugh wanna be. he never does speeches as governor in louisiana. Common core baby
03/07/2014 11:32PM
Speaking on agendas
Don't ever kid your self liberals have an agenda too. In a way Santorum is right that the Republican party should not water down what they stand for. You can't please everybody. Stick to what you believe in. Liberal stances on morals and other issues have not produced a lot of good results either.
03/08/2014 12:10AM
GOP
Conservatives think criminals and wife beaters should get their guns back, how's that any better? NRA lobbied to restore carry rights to felons and stalkers and domestic abusers. You, caps lock poster, are a hypocrite. As for Santorum or anyone else in the GOP they are welcome to be as hard right as they want, the Democrats will appreciate it - which was Scoot's entire point before you train wrecked the discussion.
03/08/2014 9:47AM
Anger Monger
Who are you kidding? You doth protest too much. There are many points of view. This discussion is open to many opinions.
03/08/2014 10:26AM
Gun Control Laws
A person's use of a gun is what kills people. Any criminal can steal or buy a gun off the street to commit a violent crime.
03/08/2014 4:50PM
Speed Control Laws
Anyone can drive 90 MPH while intoxicated, why do we have speed limits and drunk driving laws?
03/08/2014 6:46PM
Personal responsibility
There are many laws in place. And many of them are broken every day. It always goes back to an individual's choice. If they make the wrong one that's what courts and jails are for.
03/08/2014 7:10PM
Laws
So the problem isn't with making laws then. Glad you cleared that up. Make the laws and enforce them. The NRA stalled the ATF even having a director for years. The ATF found legal gun dealers "losing" a ton of guns off the books. Where do you think they went? The "law abiding?" Those gun dealers were accomplices.
03/09/2014 4:14AM
Ann Coulter - Hispanic Outreach At CPAC
Coulter said only MSNBC seems to have noticed -- and celebrated -- the "browning of America." "But if you don't celebrate it, you're a racist," she said sarcastically. She mocked those who are more sympathetic to undocumented immigrants, saying most undocumented people are young men who crossed the border without authorization. She also said it's wrong to claim concern about children when discussing deportations.
03/10/2014 2:38AM
Ewtn
Avoid controversy. Learn about catholic religion. Watch ewtn
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