Jindal: End “dumbed-down” conservatism

posted at 1:51 pm on November 13, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The question that every Republican — and every pundit — will ponder until the end of the year is this: what ails the GOP?  That question and its answers isn’t limited to the grassroots or the commentariat.  The next generation of Republican leaders know that they’d better have an answer if they have any hope of winning national elections in the near or long-term future.

One member of the GOP bench offered an answer in an interview today with Politico:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich. …

“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.”

He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.

“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.”

Jindal also said that “Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work.  You can’t beat something with nothing.”  That certainly proved to be the case last week.  Many Republicans figured that the economic malaise and the lack of any vision of a second term from Obama would doom him with voters, but we ended up getting stuck in our own blind spot where Obama is concerned.

As I wrote after the election, we can’t allow ourselves to fall into the trap of being mainly an oppositional party — being defined by what we’re against rather than what we’re for.  We have to have a clear, positive agenda aimed at communicating specific policies that will improve the lives of voters in demonstrable ways.  Too often, we offer philosophical slogans about economic policies without offering nuts-and-bolts solutions to back them up.  That requires going into hostile political ground — especially in urban areas, where we fare the worst in national elections — and offer specific free-market-based policies to solve real problems for people whom Democrats can take for granted now.  That is the most direct route to defusing the claim that the GOP is nothing but the party of the rich.

Where our values demand a firm stance, we need to maintain it — but we need to get better at communicating those values, too.  Todd Akin derailed the GOP’s pro-life message, and so did Richard Mourdock to a lesser extent.  We need candidates who can communicate better and make sure that campaigns remain focused on those core values and specific policy agendas that will improve the lives of all voters.

If the Republican Party is to have a renaissance, it will have to be led by Jindal and the other Republicans of his rank in the next few years.  Hopefully, the message will resonate within the party.

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Question for RINOs: If we purge the millions of socons, who do we replace them with?

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM

Jindal’s not a CINO.

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The phony conservatives are folding like cheap suits.

The GOP continues to pick our candidates for Pres, we continue to lose.

It’s time to let the conservatives pick a candidate.

Romney, please??? McCain, please??? Dole, please???

stenwin77 on November 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

This. Preach on brothaman!

search4truth on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

That requires going into hostile political ground — especially in urban areas, where we fare the worst in national elections

You are delusional… The BLACKS are lost forever… We simply cannot make inroads when a large majority of blacks believe that they are entitled for all type of welfare… Sorry, I do not think we need them and we should not waste on second trying to get them to our side because the vast majority will never be on our side… There is no solution for this problem short term, long term, or ever… The democrats can keep them on the plantation of financial slavery… The Republicans freed them once from physical slavery and we did enough…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Gotta agree with pappy
It doesn’t matter our message….the dems/lsm will demonize and ridicule and the low information voter will believe it

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Only one other commenter actually read the article. The rest of you are dumbed down morons who know nothing but how to type on a keyboard.

Kermit on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

The blowback on this little adventure into Moderation by the GOP Elite is not going to be pretty

kingsjester on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

We don’t need to focus on all people – we need to focus on people in purple and light blue states. Tip those red and we win.

We also shouldn’t focus on the perfect way to communicate our message. We should focus on rapid prototyping. Try a certain way of delivering the message/explaining a position – if the dial moves in a positive direction, keep it. If not, dump it and move on.

Please note, I’m not talking about changing your positions based on ‘what works’ just on testing how to explain it and recruit new Republicans.

We should also be looking at other organizations (churches, clubs, etc) that recruit members and see what is working for them. We don’t need to reinvent the wheel, we just need to start using proven methods.

JadeNYU on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

We have to have a clear, positive agenda

Clear, is true. Romney didn’t have his central theme articulated well enough. He got defined by months of dirty ads as a result.

If Republicans don’t go full-on Atwater in 2016 they lose again. I’m talking take no prisoners, hold nothing back.

The Democrats didn’t worry about being positive.

Moesart on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

OMG, Bobby Jindal said he was concerned about the middle class. That means he’s not a true conservative and we need to purge him!!! OMG OMG!

AngusMc on November 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

*Gasp!* You can’t win elections that way!

Doesn’t Bobby know our base is in Manhattan asking for loopholes, cheap immigrant labor, and all the while shoving Hollywood’s social agenda — which they agree with! — down our throats?

Want to win elections, GOP? Organize the middle class against the bailout bankers; the wealthy and depraved Hollywood executives; the well-heeled academics; and others who make up the “progressive” statist aristocracy.

These people look down on you and sneer. They want to tell you what to eat, what to do, and how to behave — they’re a total snooty ruling class aristocracy! Why defend their power, Republicans? Why let them call all of the shots and dictate to the Red States?

Punchenko on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

o/t: Rand Paul now on the “path to citizenship” bandwagon.

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

One week since the election and they have all lost their minds, and their ballz, and their integrity.

I give up.

Let.It.Burn.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

The Left and RINOs are in agreement. They are both trying to split the Right.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

At this point we might as well let the split finish up and then work to construct a new party. Do you really want to share a party with what amounts to Democrats? Because if we jettison fiscal, constitutional, and social conservatism, what exactly is left? The GOP as it exists is useless to oppose socialism. Put it out of its misery, already.

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

We need to have a low-info-voter strategy instead of just giving up. They make decisions too, and we can reach them if we make the attempt.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Just some quick thoughts I have been stewing over this past week.

1) 51-49 in popular vote. Not a mandate in any way. Weak really.
Quite close, as a matter of fact. A swing from any group would
make the difference.
2) EC difference was much greater based on small % wins in swing
states. Again, small switches by groups in those states and
election goes our way.
3) Look at WSJ for last Thursday. Red/Blue by county. Election
wasn’t this group or that one. It was urban/suburban/rural

My point is that this loss IS NOT a reason to totally rebuild the Republican party. Some changes, sure. A wholesale rebuild, no.
More upsetting to me, anyways, was the GOP’s performance in Senatorial elections. That was disheartening. Need better folks.

Right now, I think the GOP should keep hold of its core beliefs and just do some tweeking around the edges. The Dems/Obama performance for the next two years will better determine what action the GOP should take. Don’t have much choice in the matter anyway. In 2014, like 2010, we can take advantage of Dem mismanagement, stregnthen position in Senate and begin to buld a case for President in 2016.

Just trying to keep some perspective.

Jabberwock on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

A CEO of a company that makes $25 million while paying his employees minimum wage and outsourcing production to China to save a few bucks on costs, while whining about health insurance premiums?

These are the people now identified with the Republican Party, not people like you. And they are writing big checks to the GOP to keep things the way they are.

rockmom on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Sweetheart, most of these CEOs are Dems.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I agree. Almost every pundit and politician commenting on this election is choosing their own reasons as to why Romney lost to use to push their agenda. I had just seen this column by Byron York shortly before this post on Jindal went up:

In 2008, John McCain got 2,677,820 votes in Ohio. In 2012, according to a still-unofficial tally from the Ohio Secretary of State, Mitt Romney got 2,583,582. If before the election you had said to any politically involved Ohio Republican that Romney would receive fewer votes than McCain, you would have gotten a blank stare in return. “I would not have believed that,” says Alex Triantafilou, head of the Republican Party in Hamilton County, a critical swing area that includes Cincinnati. “I would have argued strongly that that was not going to be the case.”

Before the voting, Romney officials said constantly the race in Ohio would be close. It was. President Obama won Ohio by 107,259 votes out of about 5.3 million votes cast, according to the Secretary of State’s office — 50.18 percent to Romney’s 48.18 percent. . . .

Developing a clear idea of why Romney lost is important because it will help Republicans fix the things that need to be fixed — and not blow up the party if there are less radical solutions.

York seems to be one of the few keeping a clear head.

INC on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I do not trust Politico. Period. This entire story is likely a fraud. After watching dozens of Politico lies for the last few years why would Ed continue to promote their propaganda?

Talk about ‘stuck on stupid’.

Freddy on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

If what I have been recently hearing from various Republicans comes to fruition in Congress over the next year or two then we are going to get crushed in the 2014 midterms.

Wigglesworth on November 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I disagree.

There is nothing inherent in their skin color that makes them more prone to socialism and welfare than anyone else.

Freedom is a message that resonates with almost everyone – and, perhaps more so with a group of people whose history in this country involved enslavement.

I’m not saying it will be easy, but, they didn’t start out voting 90% for Democrats and there’s nothing at all that requires that to be the case forever.

JadeNYU on November 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

If the Republican Party is to have a renaissance, it will have to be led by Jindal and the other Republicans of his rank in the next few years. Hopefully, the message will resonate within the party

Yeah, nothing will change if the GOP decides that the path to victory goes through the universal amnesty schemes being thrown out there to pander to illegal Mexicans and the hate-groups here that support them.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2012 at 2:26 PM

What would GOP psyops look like? What sort of caricature would you create? Would it be something along the lines of, “Social Security is Communism”?

ernesto on November 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

No, it would be this:

“Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.”

It’s not even a caricature. You are the party of eugenics and social engineering. Getting rid of the poor by getting rid of their children. People have to be reminded of it, that’s all.

Gelsomina on November 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party” and make a concerted effort to reach a broader swath of voters with an inclusive economic message that pre-empts efforts to caricature the GOP as the party of the rich. …

“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.”

the same people who buy into the caricature described here by Jindal bought into the idea that Mitt Romney would outlaw birth control. I don’t know how you combat this.

The second part is somewhat true. The GOP is not, on the whole, opposed to wall st bailouts and such. Paul Ryan begged for TARP on the House floor.

HOWEVER, if the GOP is serious about explaining how free markets work and how a growing economy benefits everyone then they have to be prepared to go into the inner cities and other big population centers. The “shifting demographics” have to do with who is and who is not dependent on the government.

There is a strong case to be made against big government, especially in the black community. Families and lives destroyed, housing projects, food stamps etc. etc.

Does the GOP have the courage to go into these places and tell the truth? Probably not.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I think the Mainstream GOP is playing a Jedi mind trick on us. They realize that if the party starts to appear to look like the DNC-lite, that we get movements like the tea-party and have huge electoral results.

This is the only thing I can think of to justify all these supposed GOP leaders lurching left.

They want to push the GOP to the left and adopt the left’s agenda so that we conservatives show up and give them another landslide in the midterms…or something. Yeah, thats it.

weaselyone on November 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Wasn’t Jindal the guy who supported Perry??? And NOW he wants to tell us we can’t have “dumbed down” conservatism any more??
Es tu Brutus!

camaraderie on November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Rick Perry had a FAR more complete and appealing agenda than Romney ever did, he was just a horribly flawed candidate. Perry was pushing education reform (a $10k college degree, now you tell me THAT would not have appealed to some young voters and their parents, while blowing up the liberal academy that supports Obama), tort reform (blows up one of the Democrats’ biggest funding sources), a flat tax (trumps the Buffett Rule and is simple to sell), and “making Washington, DC as inconsequential in your life as possible (appeals to conservatives as well as libertarians.) Plus more compassionate rhetoric toward immigrants.

Really a shame what happened to Perry. Jindal was smart to have backed him.

rockmom on November 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Too often, we offer philosophical slogans about economic policies without offering nuts-and-bolts solutions to back them up.

Uh, this is what the Left does. They haven’t passed a budget in 3 years! Obama literally ran on -no- plan, and voters loved it. The Dem party has no plan for entitlements, no plan for the future, no plan to properly revive the economy. The closest they got was “The People’s Budget” from the Dem communists in the House that was rejected.

Look, I respect Bobby Jindal as a governor and a person, but I think he’s assuming everything the Democrat/media complex says about the GOP is true. Romney/Ryan DID offer the American people a stark contrast with Obama(except in the foreign policy debate, but that didn’t decide this election). On reducing the budget, they offered specifics. Same on tax reform. Same with energy policy. Obviously repealing Obamacare and Dodd-Frank was a centerpiece of their campaign, but it’s not like they stopped there.

Obama ran on literally nothing of substance and won. That’s not Mitt Romney’s fault. Now could our side have gone after Obama’s record a lot harder and showed not only why he was responsible for our current economic malaise, but also warned everyone where we’d end up after another 4 years? Certainly. But I resent this insinuation that we offered a message of “Obama sucks!” and nothing else.

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

^I concur.

visions on November 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

I don’t remember the Democrats having this conversation in 2010…

Seven Percent Solution on November 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The problem as Joe Pags (conservative radio) says is that we thought the average voter was smart enough to tell that the lies were lies and that high UE was bad. Apparently we didn’t dumb it down enough.

“I’ve got cookies” Who wants to vote?

landowner on November 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The question that every Republican — and every pundit — will ponder until the end of the year is this: what ails the GOP?

Not me. I don’t care what they do. Time for a third party and some new blood. The GOP train went off the rails with dubya and it ain’t coming back, regardless of any sudden decision to give free citizenship to everyone here illegally

a capella on November 13, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The GOP as it exists is useless to oppose socialism.

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Nonsense. The Dems saw 2010 as a loss, and rightly so, because with control of even one branch of government the agenda cannot be pushed through. The only organization currently in existence that can oppose the Democratic Party is the Republican Party. It’s the best tool, it just needs to be cleaned out.

We need a big, symbolic move. Not kidding, folks: Palin or Ron Paul for RNC Chair.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

catmman on November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Never, ever misunderestimate The Power of Stupid. When it hurts enough for the Stupid to acquire all the small, stupid things, then–maybe just then–people will understand, if it’s not too late.

Maybe America needs a Day/Week/Month Without Smart People. Just start letting stuff fall apart. As Reagan said, if they won’t see the light, make them feel the heat.

Christien on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I’m going to stay away from name-calling, but if you can’t see that Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party, then bless your little heart. C’mon, people. Understandably, this election has us all on edge.

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

These are the people now identified with the Republican Party, not people like you. And they are writing big checks to the GOP to keep things the way they are.

rockmom on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Well then, they really are the party of stupid because if they wrote big cheques to the Dems, they might actually get something in return.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The blowback on this little adventure into Moderation by the GOP Elite is not going to be pretty

kingsjester on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

They apparently have learned nothing from McCain-Kennedy. That was only 6 years ago. Do they not remember how much that p-ssed off the base and how it forced McCain to fight an uphill battle just to get his own party to turn out for him(Gov. Palin saved his ass on that front)?

They just lost a winnable election due in large part to their own voters staying home and instead of figuring out why and remedying that, they’re pandering to the far left fringe of the Democrat Party. For chrissakes, even Obama, Pelosi, and Reid never introduced an amnesty bill when they had enough votes in Congress in 2009 to ram through anything they wanted! Does that not tell you about how unpopular this legislation is with both ends of the political spectrum?

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Folks stop telling us what to do… Did you even take a look at the voters of the democrat party? Half of them cannot survive without 100% tax payers handout. 25% of them depends on a lot of tax payers handouts… The remaining 25% are made of left wing lunatics, socialists, and limousine liberals… The best you can do is take may be 10% or 15% maximum who vote democrat and try to convince them vote Republican bit to think otherwise is totally delusional… In this elections the 8 millions people who voted for Obama in 2008 but stayed home in 2012 are the only hope we have to get more votes…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

THANK YOU!

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

What would GOP psyops look like? What sort of caricature would you create? Would it be something along the lines of, “Social Security is Communism”?

ernesto on November 13, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Nah, not Communism. Just a shabby government slush fund/Ponzi scheme that’s going broke. Dunno about the GOP, but conservative psyops would look something like 1980 and 1984. Or Limbaugh, Steyn and Levin versus Schultz, O’Donnell and Stewart. Or “death panels” versus “this is the day when the seas began to recede”.

ddrintn on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Only one other commenter actually read the article. The rest of you are dumbed down morons who know nothing but how to type on a keyboard.

Kermit on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Instead of blanket insults why don’t you explain specifically what people are getting wrong here?

Did Jindal say this or did he not?

We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

And if he did, can he still be considered a conservative?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

York seems to be one of the few keeping a clear head.

INC on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I agree. It’s a shame that more people aren’t listening to him. Unfortunately our “moderates” seem bound and determined to use this as an opportunity to put a stake through the heart of the conservative movement once and for all. I’d like to reform the GOP internally, but the leadership seems untouchable and too many of our panicking pundits seem more interested in being on the “winning” side than anything else.

Thus, let’s let the party blow up and try to rebuild. We’re better off doing that than being tainted with the spectre of the national bankruptcy that’s about to hit us.

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’m going to stay away from name-calling, but if you can’t see that Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party, then bless your little heart. C’mon, people. Understandably, this election has us all on edge.

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Agree Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party not what we actually believe as a party…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

“We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

We better be the party that protects job creation or else what’s the point? Somebody has to be responsible. The Democrats are the party of Santa Claus. We cannot be, we must not be, the party that gives in to that kind of thinking.

HotAirian on November 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

I’m praying to the Almighty that the House GOP remains steadfast in this. If they cave on amnesty, we don’t even need to wait til the end of Obama’s 2nd term for the collapse.

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:21 PM

As long as John Boehner is Speaker, we can pretty well rest assured that the House GOP will cave.

Boehner is not on our side. The left has something on him.

Right Mover on November 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Why in the world would any “conservative” agree to be interviewed by the far left? We all know what Politico is.
Same question as why would the RNC accept all liberal moderators in a debate without any protest?
I am beyond depressed over this election, & what’s going to come from the King….I know for certain…yes, I have a crystal ball that tells me life for most Americans is going to get worse.
GOP has not a chance in 2016 & will probably lose the House in ’14.

Look at how the left works. Want an issue like Benghazi to go away? Oh, it won’t? Get out a sleazy sex scandal on a 4 star general. Slap the head of the DOJ with contempt of court? He’ll use it as toilet paper. Have a democratic crony steal 1.5 billion from investors? His back is covered. Hate the TSA? Learn to love it as another taxpayer union.

Axelrod is dancing a victory jig, he’s so happy.

One party rule for the remainder of our lifetimes. Anyone want to prove me wrong? Try.

Belle on November 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

“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.”

Emphasis mine.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

War on women.
Binders.
Big Bird.
Free phones.
Birth control.
Tampons.
etc etc etc

I thought Jindal was one of the smart guys. Instead, he thinks that the public can be reached without neutering the media and thinks that if we just say it “smarter” that this will solve everything.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

They apparently have learned nothing from McCain-Kennedy. That was only 6 years ago. Do they not remember how much that p-ssed off the base and how it forced McCain to fight an uphill battle just to get his own party to turn out for him(Gov. Palin saved his ass on that front)?

They just lost a winnable election due in large part to their own voters staying home and instead of figuring out why and remedying that, they’re pandering to the far left fringe of the Democrat Party. For chrissakes, even Obama, Pelosi, and Reid never introduced an amnesty bill when they had enough votes in Congress in 2009 to ram through anything they wanted! Does that not tell you about how unpopular this legislation is with both ends of the political spectrum?

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

I agree it’s utter insanity. My suspicion is there’s financial motives involved here combined with a dose of the “I got mine” attitude.

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Did Jindal say this or did he not?

We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
And if he did, can he still be considered a conservative?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

He meant that we cannot be PERCEIVED as the party who protects the rich because we are not the party that protect the rich… he is talking about PERCEPTION but not who we actually are and he wants us to be seen as who we actually are…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

And if he did, can he still be considered a conservative?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Whyever not? He’s talking rhetoric, not changing policy. Conservatism works for everyone, not just the rich, and we need to do a better job of selling that premise.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

There is a strong case to be made against big government, especially in the black community. Families and lives destroyed, housing projects, food stamps etc. etc.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I’m pessimistic. I think Progressives have done too much damage to African-American culture over the past 40 years.

Jackson: Black voters deserve a return on election ‘investment’

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday said that President Obama’s reelection was “a great victory,” but that it would be incomplete with a reconstruction of urban America and an investment in the communities where the blacks who voted overwhelmingly for the president live.

“We’re happy and full of pride,” in the president’s reelection, Jackson told the crowd at the Saturday morning forum at Rainbow/PUSH headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., “but our houses remain raggedy … our schools remain closed.”

Despite attempts at voter suppression in states such as Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, Jackson said, blacks turned out en masse to vote, enduring waits that stretched into hours in many places. “We waited, we voted, we believed,” Jackson said. “Now we want to get well.

“We voted early, we voted long. Our votes won,” he said.

Rev. Jackson, who spoke longer, louder, and more forcefully than he has in some time at the Saturday morning Rainbow/PUSH meeting, asked the crowd, “What do we want? We want, we want, we want, we deserve, we deserve … a return on our investment.

“What’s good for us is good for everybody. What’s good for blacks is good for everybody.,” he said. “We bled too much, we died too young, we cried too much, we prayed too long, now we want a return on our investment.”

Referring to those voter suppression efforts, he said, “these acts of meanness had unintended consequences.” Rather than keeping blacks and Latinos away from the polls, voter ID measures and the curtailing of access to the voting booths made people more determined to vote. “Suppression became stimulation and people fought back,” he said.

“We fought back,” and the battle was won, but the war still remains, he said. “If we vote and don’t bargain we get nothing. A Jacuzzi filled with stagnant water will not get you well,” Jackson said. “You have to stir the water.”

Jackson said blacks, who voted for Barack Obama for state senator, for U.S. Senator, and now twice as President of the United States, should demand, bargain, and march if necessary, for an end to “patterns of race discrimination, (for) our share of jobs. We want faster public transportation to connect us to where the jobs are.”

He said black American also needs “access to capital,” noting, “It’s cruel to say. ‘jump in the pool,’ when there is no water. ”

He also called for “fair trade,” a “domestic trade zone. We need a domestic OPEC,” he said. “In Chicago, for example, there are 100,000 vacant homes or abandoned lots; 40,000 in Baltimore. If we were to rebuild 25 percent, if we take down the boards and put in window panes, fix the broken sidewalks, cut the grass, fix the roofing, we’d create more jobs than there are people, just rebuilding where we live.”

Jackson said, “there must be a plan for reconstruction” of urban America.

Saying that automobile companies and banks got bailouts, “we’re the people who provided the votes — we want to be bailed out. We need jobs, education, healthcare now. If we can be targeted for voter registration and voter turnout, target us for reconstruction, now.

“We are the new mainstream,” Jackson said. “We are the America of shared hopes and shared dreams. We have the power, we have the votes.

“We waited, we voted, we believed, now we want to get well.” He then asked the crowd, “Do you want to get well? Are you willing to fight to get well?

“It’s time to sing a new song, of joy and hope,” Jackson said.

“It’s time to march again. March for healthcare, march for jobs. When we march great things come our way.”

visions on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Did voters actually believe that Romney and Republicans would overturn Roe v. Wade or “outlaw abortion” and birth control?

If so, how do you reach these people? They obviously have no clue.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Here’s a video interview of Romney admitting while it’s not his job, he would appoint judges to SCOTUS who would be pro overturning Roe v. Wade.

http://video.msnbc.msn.com/meet-the-press/48960166#48960166

Who do you think is the clueless one now?!!

That not enough? How about his own campaign website:

Mitt believes that life begins at conception and wishes that the laws of our nation reflected that view. But while the nation remains so divided, he believes that the right next step is for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade — a case of blatant judicial activism that took a decision that should be left to the people and placed it in the hands of unelected judges. With Roe overturned, states will be empowered through the democratic process to determine their own abortion laws and not have them dictated by judicial mandate. [MittRomney.com, accessed 10/23/12]

Who’s clueless now?!!

lester on November 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

If people want to venture outside of the supposed cocoon, check this article out. I haven’t finished it yet but so far it’s very good:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2012-11-13/guest-post-welcome-nuthouse-how-private-financial-fiat-creates-public-farce

FloatingRock on November 13, 2012 at 2:34 PM

As long as John Boehner is Speaker, we can pretty well rest assured that the House GOP will cave.

Boehner is not on our side. The left has something on him.

Right Mover on November 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Here is some good news, then.

Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., speaking on Fox News Sunday, said he disagreed with Boehner’s suggestion that President Obama’s reelection would end GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Price said “no” when asked if he agreed with Boehner.

“I can tell you, as a physician, we’re not opposed to the president’s health care law because of this election. We’re opposed because it’s bad policy and it’s bad for patients all across this land,” Price said.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/sunday-shows/price-bucks-boehner-on-healthcare-20121111

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

He’s right. That “47%” includes a lot of married, working class families who take the child tax credits. The Republican message this year did not really even try to speak to their concerns.

AngusMc on November 13, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Their concerns? How about they be concerned for everyone and the health of the country.

We’re going to “self-interest” ourselves into oblivion.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Let’s get this straight…We can’t say anything stupid, but the dems can…”We will know what’s in it, after we pass it”, kind of stuff.

So we have to be 100% perfect, and the opposition can do or say whatever…

“Romney hasn’t paid taxes for a decade”…

These quotes were from leaders of the dem party, not just hacks, but the actual leaders, the head of their party…

“The attacks were caused by a video”

And so Jindahl, and I like him, is setting a standard we cannot achieve, so it’s a standard of failure.

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Why in the world would any “conservative” agree to be interviewed by the far left?

Belle on November 13, 2012 at 2:32 PM

We have to engage the pop culture or concede the whole battlefield to the Left. Politico and HuffPo are pop culture news sources.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Jindal a RINO! Color me shocked.

Mr. Arrogant on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

You can’t beat something with nothing

Uh, Obama just did that exactly.

gatorboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

Agree Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party not what we actually believe as a party…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM

Really?

“stop being the stupid party”

“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,”

“We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

“We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic”

———-
Jindal’s national career is over. He is one of the the dumbest politicians I have ever seen.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

“We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

Yeah, they didn’t build that.

weaselyone on November 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Their concerns? How about they be concerned for everyone and the health of the country.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

They are. They did not see how Romney would fix things. “Obama is trauma” is meaningless if the immediate rejoinder is not “Mitt gets it”.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

C’mon, we just didn’t our message out. Seriously, this was an election about skin color and handouts. Obama could’ve come out that first debate, skinned and cooked a dog the first hour and fifteen, and ate it the last fifteen. Eighty percent of his voters would’ve shrugged.

msupertas on November 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Instead, he thinks that the public can be reached without neutering the media and thinks that if we just say it “smarter” that this will solve everything.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Absofreaking right. Pravda rules.

MontanaMmmm on November 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Do you think you have anything in common with a hedge fund trader who makes $10 million a year? A CEO of a company that makes $25 million while paying his employees minimum wage and outsourcing production to China to save a few bucks on costs, while whining about health insurance premiums?

These are the people now identified with the Republican Party, not people like you. And they are writing big checks to the GOP to keep things the way they are.

rockmom on November 13, 2012 at 2:22 PM

The present management team of Bain is writing big checks to the Democrats. Just as an example.

Gelsomina on November 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Did Jindal say this or did he not?

We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

And if he did, can he still be considered a conservative?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

The problem here is that in a way he’s right , both parties sell out to the big “everything” , but he only mentions GOP. So he reinforces a stereotype.

the_nile on November 13, 2012 at 2:37 PM

What’s wrong with being the Party of Stupid? Stupid-Americans are a vast demographic, so why not embrace Stupid and represent the Stupid, too? Win the Stupid vote, then get to the business of doing smart and stupid things.

Christien on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

One week since the election and they have all lost their minds, and their ballz, and their integrity.

I give up.

Let.It.Burn.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Welcome to AmeriKa.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Exactamundo 7%@2:28

cmsinaz on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

What’s wrong with being the Party of Stupid? Stupid-Americans are a vast demographic, so why not embrace Stupid and represent the Stupid, too? Win the Stupid vote, then get to the business of doing smart and stupid things.

Christien on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

The Rs are stupid but not that charlatanic. The thugs are always on the left.

Schadenfreude on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

We have to engage the pop culture or concede the whole battlefield to the Left. Politico and HuffPo are pop culture news sources.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:35 PM

“Politics is down stream of popular culture…”

– Breitbart

idesign on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I agree it’s utter insanity. My suspicion is there’s financial motives involved here combined with a dose of the “I got mine” attitude.

Doomberg on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

What financial motives? Do you mean for business owners? Cuz amnesty is the last thing they’d want. Illegals make for much better cheap labor than actual citizens, do they not?

I honestly don’t know what the hell is going on with the GOP. You’d think Romney just lost in a Mondale-esque landslide the way the party is freaking out. Yes the electorate is changing, but what they’re proposing would fast-forward that process by about 20 years literally overnight. And they’d reap no political benefits for going along with this. In fact, they’ll harm themselves electorally since their base would abandon them possibly for good.

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Did voters actually believe that Romney and Republicans would overturn Roe v. Wade or “outlaw abortion” and birth control?

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Probably only easily scared voters made a decision on that basis, but our nominees have been trying to outdo one another on the most principled pro-life candidate for a while, so yes, they have been saying exactly these things. We all know it’ll never happen, but it does make them seem out of touch. New Rule: Don’t overstate your socon case.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Our party’s politicians and pundits need to stop following lefty memes (like Jindal did… many times).

Communicate our message… Mock theirs.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:40 PM

York seems to be one of the few keeping a clear head.

INC on November 13, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Wow that’s great info. We need to track that. Are Jindal’s comments reported anywhere other than Politico?

dogsoldier on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Punchenko 2:23

Absolutely.

Look, the rich vote dim in droves. 8 of the 10 wealthiest districts voted for Obama.

They don’t want small businesses to survive…why would you enable a potential, future competitor?

They do look down on socially conservative values (held by most Americans, on both sides of the aisle), because they want to engage in their libertine lifestyles.

Many of them get subsidies, gov’t contracts, grants, etc. and that’s how many, many of them get wealthy. Who funds this? We do. We can’t afford the fancy lawyers and accountants that these people can, to get out of their supposed tax rate. THE RICH WILL NOT BE AFFECTED BY OBAMA’S POLICIES. THE POOR AND MIDDLE CLASS WILL.

Right now, America is sort of like Europe used to be…a few ‘gentlemen’ who run everything and for sport, fight against each other by proxy, through the masses that bear the full brunt of suffering and misery. Meanwhile, the majority of them come out unscathed.

The left has provided us with an apparatus for waging class warfare: vocabulary, ‘thought’ patterns, arguments…

You really want to drive a stake through the heart of class warfare? Wage it against the class warriors’ rich patrons.

avgjo on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Only one other commenter actually read the article. The rest of you are dumbed down morons who know nothing but how to type on a keyboard.

Kermit on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Thanks for your detailed analysis, it was really helpful…I like especially the details and how thorough you were in your post and your critique…you are F’in brilliant.

Now go back to the sandbox and dig another hole you little child…

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Jindal’s national career is over. He is one of the the dumbest politicians I have ever seen.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:36 PM

That is Politico misquoting Jindal and Ed Morrisey not explaining it well…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

For those saying that this is impossible because of the press — Reagan did it. Without the Internet or Fox News or Rush, Reagan got his message out. I’ve been watching old videos of Regan on Firing Line (on Amazon Streaming, simply awesome) and other places.

One thing I notice is that Regan sticks to his 11th Commandment religiously. Even during the 1980 primaries (Regan had already been screwed over by the GOP four years earlier and Bush Sr. was flinging all sorts of crap at him), he has nothing but praise for his opponents.

Also he had a deep and thorough understanding of conservative principles. Of course he was the Great Communicator, but a large part of that was just that he could and would give concrete examples of the policies he was advocating actually having been tried in different states or countries and working. And he could show the inverse for liberal policies.

29Victor on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Here is just one word to the ‘wise’: at least to begin with, don’t waste time or money going after the votes of minorities where the DemocRATs will fight to the death over them. Go to places like Bobby Jindal’s Louisiana and start co-opting influential minority groups/organizations at a grass-roots level. Conservative ‘community organizing’, if you will, especially if it’s of the old Jack Kemp variety. Just get things done, don’t look for headlines, and show minorities that we care and we have a better plan for how to improve their lives. A positive, heartfelt testimony by a minority voter from Louisiana would be worth a thousand candidate radio appeals among minority voters in Ohio, etc.

Knott Buyinit on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I was relatively quiet this last election. As of Wednesday of last week, I made it known on Facebook that I ain’t going be to quiet no more. No more mindless, one-word slogans, no more war on women memes, no Republicans are racist crap. If you show up on my newsfeed with some political crap, you have several options:
1) Debate me and win
2) Debate me and lose
3) Kindly ask me to cease and desist

You are going to have to be actively ignorant if you’re a lib on my Facebook. No more mindless crap. The political honey badger has been unleashed!

Glenn Jericho on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I’m going to stay away from name-calling, but if you can’t see that Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party, then bless your little heart. C’mon, people. Understandably, this election has us all on edge.

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

That was my perception too. Until we are able to show people what the party is ACTUALLY about, then the other side’s narrative about evil Republicans will hold sway.

As long as the public thinks the Democrats are the moral party who works tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden and the Republicans defend wealthy bankers, we will lose, and lose bigger every time.

Sadly even our own don’t know that 80% of Wall St. donated to Obama this cycle. He can take their money while pinning us with their greed.

Quite a trick if you can pull it off. We need to learn that trick.

Lily on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

There is a strong case to be made against big government, especially in the black community. Families and lives destroyed, housing projects, food stamps etc. etc.

Does the GOP have the courage to go into these places and tell the truth? Probably not.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:27 PM

I still can’t understand this.

The “black community” isn’t on some other planet. There’s no jamming of signals. Some black people even — gasp — have television sets. Why is the problem that the GOP isn’t shouting loud enough? Why isn’t the problem that the “black community” is isolationist and needs to start taking responsibility for it’s own corporate decisions? — Should stop voting as a monolithic block against it’s own interests?

Why is the problem that the GOP won’t support (hasn’t previously supported) amnesty as so many bigots demand in exchange for considering their leadership?

Why is the problem that the GOP won’t reach out to low-information voters with educational mazes on the backs of cereal boxes, instead of the low-information voters’ utter and complete lack of responsibility?

There’s blame in all this, but it isn’t the GOP’s, surely. It’s the bulk of the people that are screwing this up not the two or three of them who are vying for big jobs and trying to look good on camera.

Axe on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

He meant that we cannot be PERCEIVED as the party who protects the rich because we are not the party that protect the rich… he is talking about PERCEPTION but not who we actually are and he wants us to be seen as who we actually are…

mnjg on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

He’s talking rhetoric, not changing policy. Conservatism works for everyone, not just the rich, and we need to do a better job of selling that premise.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Jindal also said this:

we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.

I’m confused. If we are to trust in the intelligence of the American voter, does that not include trusitng in their ability to see through media created caricatures of our positions?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

What’s wrong with being the Party of Stupid? Stupid-Americans are a vast demographic, so why not embrace Stupid and represent the Stupid, too? Win the Stupid vote, then get to the business of doing smart and stupid things.

Christien on November 13, 2012 at 2:38 PM

We are the Party of Stupid. But that’s because our politicians are stupid.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Republicans suffered the 3rd loss in a row for the gubenatorial race here in Montana. We voted back in a Democrat Senator that is an Obama mini-me, while 56% of us voted for Romney.

In town, the Democrats went door to door finding out who was supporting the state Democrat candidates. During the next week yard signs appeared all over town. Only a few local Republican candidates went individually door to door.

4 years ago the Republicans were represented by Kelleher (a crackpot who had run on the Green Party and Democrat Party tickets in elections gone by) in the election against Baucus. Kelleher won a 5 way primary because Republicans didn’t have the faintest idea of who the people on the ballot were.

We need to communicate with our own base before we go vote hunting.

claudius on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Did Jindal say this or did he not?

We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

And if he did, can he still be considered a conservative?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:30 PM

Keep in mind this is Politico, and the full context is missing but their spin in crystal clear – and you bought it.

We cannot be (seen as), we must not be (seen as), the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

I added the context as I read it in the article.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Democrats are smart. They campaign to get the stupid vote. Republicans are dumb. They campaign to get the intelligent vote.

Wigglesworth on November 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

29Victor on November 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

He did two things (among many others)…

He took his visions to the people, not to the press or Congress…and his decisions, were always to better and strengthen the U.S., not just for votes.

Two things missing from both parties…

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Probably only easily scared voters made a decision on that basis, but our nominees have been trying to outdo one another on the most principled pro-life candidate for a while, so yes, they have been saying exactly these things. We all know it’ll never happen, but it does make them seem out of touch. New Rule: Don’t overstate your socon case.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

I find it hard to believe that people viewed the democratic convention and decided that what was wrong with society were the views of social conservatives.

but I get your point.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I added the context as I read it in the article.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Of course you are correct…but Jindahl is using the wrong forum…hence, it won’t be viewed as you think it should.

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

“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.”

You are kidding, aren’t you? Because I’m thinking the Americans who voted for 4 more years of O have got to be nuts!

littleguy on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Sounds like Jindal, Gingrich and others need a lesson in conservatism more than we need a lesson in moderation.

Modern conservatism isn’t about rich vs. poor, it’s about oppurtunity vs. government directed outcomes. These guys will never learn.

Tater Salad on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I’m confused. If we are to trust in the intelligence of the American voter, does that not include trusitng in their ability to see through media created caricatures of our positions?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

↑↑↑

And by the way, I’m not saying I agree with Jindal here. I think the voters are absolute morons and I think to deal with that involves nothing short of taking back academia and entertainment from the left. A massive decades long endeavor. I’m in this camp:

“Politics is down stream of popular culture…”

– Breitbart

idesign on November 13, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Jindal also said this:

we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.
I’m confused. If we are to trust in the intelligence of the American voter, does that not include trusitng in their ability to see through media created caricatures of our positions?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

exactly what I have been trying to say here.

how do you get through to people who buy into “big bird”, “war on women” and “binders.”

?

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:46 PM

Sounds like Jindal, Gingrich and others need a lesson in conservatism more than we need a lesson in moderation.

Modern conservatism isn’t about rich vs. poor, it’s about oppurtunity vs. government directed outcomes. These guys will never learn.

Tater Salad on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

the vast majority of people voted for Romney because he offered a vision of upward mobility.

these voters were not rich.

Joseph Russo III on November 13, 2012 at 2:47 PM

One week since the election and they have all lost their minds, and their ballz, and their integrity.

I give up.

Let.It.Burn.

JPeterman on November 13, 2012 at 2:24 PM

These are all the Romney haters coming out from whatever rock they slithered under instead of voting. Paul supporters were the worst and apparently Rand Paul is just as wrong for America as his crazy racist daddy.

Happy Nomad on November 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

visions on November 13, 2012 at 2:33 PM

Bless his heart. Old Jesse really thinks the white guys who ran Obama’s campaigns and run his Administration actually give a damn about the black community.

There are more white people running HUD today than there were in either of George W. Bush’s terms. And right now they are more concerned about the FHA insurance fund about to go broke and needing a bailout than they are about urban communities needing a bailout.

What does it say when a black leader has to call on black people to march to get a black President to pay attention to them?

rockmom on November 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

right2bright on November 13, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I said it before: ‘Extreme Media Training’ for all candidates and elected officials. Don’t talk to the enemedia! Not even Obama talks to them, for crying out loud.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:48 PM

I’m going to stay away from name-calling, but if you can’t see that Jindal is talking about the PERCEPTION of the party, then bless your little heart. C’mon, people. Understandably, this election has us all on edge.

PennsylvaniaPainTrain on November 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

The GOP never wanted to “redefine abortion” or “take our birth control away.” It never wanted to starve the poor in order to make the rich even richer. How do you change the perception if it’s based on a lie?

Gelsomina on November 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM

Only one other commenter actually read the article. The rest of you are dumbed down morons who know nothing but how to type on a keyboard.

Kermit on November 13, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I’m sorry the comments hurt your feelings, Bobby’s mom.

kim roy on November 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Keep in mind this is Politico, and the full context is missing but their spin in crystal clear – and you bought it.

We cannot be (seen as), we must not be (seen as), the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”

I added the context as I read it in the article.

Mitsouko on November 13, 2012 at 2:43 PM

Fair enough but I read the full Politico piece as well and I didn’t see the “seen as” implied. I like governor Jindal and not having heard the call I guess I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt, but in the end it wouldn’t surprise me either way as the rest of the GOP seems to be taking crazy pills since the election.

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Look, I respect Bobby Jindal as a governor and a person, but I think he’s assuming everything the Democrat/media complex says about the GOP is true. Romney/Ryan DID offer the American people a stark contrast with Obama(except in the foreign policy debate, but that didn’t decide this election). On reducing the budget, they offered specifics. Same on tax reform. Same with energy policy. Obviously repealing Obamacare and Dodd-Frank was a centerpiece of their campaign, but it’s not like they stopped there.

Doughboy on November 13, 2012 at 2:00 PM

I don’t think Jindal is assuming that at all. Rather, I think he’s making a solid and uncontroversial point: appearances matter.

There’s a way to draw stark contrasts that doesn’t portray half of America as welfare queens. There’s a way to be pro-growth without coming off as a heartless plutocrat and a defender of crony capitalists. There’s a way to be palatably pro-life without resorting to Akin- or Mourdock-level foot-in-mouth disease.

I mean, take the HHS contraception mandate. It’s an absolutely shameless pander by the Obama administration, and terrible policy on multiple levels. Criticizing it in a way that resonated with swing voters and even traditionally-Democratic constituencies should have been easy. And yet because Rush couldn’t shut his fat yap, Sandra Fluke got her fifteen minutes of fame, and the GOP came off looking like the party of people who sit in Puritanical moral judgment of single women who use birth control.

I don’t think Jindal believes that we can persuade everybody. What I take him to be saying is simply this: The Democrats and the MSM are going to try like hell to caricature Republicans as slavering far-right death beasts with all the compassion and generosity and community spirit of Atilla the Hun. Let’s stop making it easy on them.

Centerfire on November 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Jindal also said this:

we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.

I’m confused. If we are to trust in the intelligence of the American voter, does that not include trusitng in their ability to see through media created caricatures of our positions?

Kataklysmic on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

I think some of this is just flattering the voters, since many really aren’t that intelligent but its bad politicking to say so. But to a certain degree, it takes a lesser sort of intelligence to evaluate option A vs option B than it does to ask “why are we arguing about only A and B instead of C or D or E….” Most voters have only a vague sense of being manipulated when presented with a biased frame. But they know they’re being manipulated when the heavy hands of election commercials and robocalls come around.

alwaysfiredup on November 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

We are the Party of Stupid. But that’s because our politicians are stupid.

faraway on November 13, 2012 at 2:42 PM

The Stupid need representation, too. All they require is a little sum-sum and every four years speak to them using an affected Stupid dialect. Sure, you might have to suffer them singing “Na Na Na Na, Hey, Goodbye!” during your inauguration, but think of it like Pudding Stupid In the Mix.

Christien on November 13, 2012 at 2:51 PM

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