Jindal: The GOP “might need to change just about everything”

posted at 5:11 pm on January 24, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Since the failed presidential election, the GOP has been grappling with identifying exactly what it is the party needs to work on most — diversity, social issues, and Latino outreach, or election mechanics and a flawed Romney candidacy/campaign? — or some combination thereof, and all of the issues are on the table for discussion at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in North Carolina. Keynote speaker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, however, is going for a more overarching message in his address tonight: It’s time to “recalibrate the compass of conservatism,” stop focusing so much on Washington-centric politics, and start going for a message of inclusion and economic growth:

“We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives – our principles are timeless,” Jindal says. “But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives: in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.” …

“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs,” he says. “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.” …

“The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal says.

Of course, the 2016 brand-building has already begun in earnest, and with the GOP bench looking pretty solid, the competition for free-market, economy-growing, conservative credentials will be fierce — and I am one hundred percent okay with that. Jindal is already looking to institute some aggressive pro-growth changes to Louisiana’s tax code, and the message of goal-oriented optimism is one the Republicans could definitely use right about now.

The Democrats have somehow managed to become the party that can provide more for people through the auspices of big government; as Jindal plans to say, they “promise to be the party of ‘more from government,’ but they are actually the party of less.  They are the party of economic contraction, austerity and less from the economy.  The Republican Party is the party of ‘more,’ the party that creates more from the economy.’” The GOP needs to keep hammering home that they aren’t against a social safety net — rather, they’re actively for an economy in which opportunities are so readily available and attractive that people don’t want to be on welfare — and its the type of economy that cannot be achieved through federal orchestration.


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sharrunkin….sorry, me bad!

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Sorry, its been awhile; sharrunkin, DID YOU VOTE?

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 9:36 PM

He can tell us right after you explain how an assault weapons ban a la Romney’s is “conservative”. I’ll wait for your reply and expect it soon.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Come on, dmann. You can do it.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Are you sharrukin’s daddy or his pimp? (rhetorically of course)

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

I know about sharrukin’s vote.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

Bye.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I know about sharrukin’s vote.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I was really hoping it would have been Palin in 2012. As a first time it would have been nice to be able to vote for an actual conservative.

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Are you sharrukin’s daddy or his pimp? (rhetorically of course)

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM

And are you a pimple on Mitt’s ass? (Rhetorically, of course.) Come on, you can answer the previous question. Try.

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:58 PM

sharrukin on January 24, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I’m not really here, but yep, me too.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:06 PM

assault weapons
ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Science is your friend. Mass x Velocity + Rate of Fire* = bad sh!t. Pretty simple, remove any variable and it is not an “assault weapon”
* assuming semi automatic

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Science is your friend. Mass x Velocity + Rate of Fire* = bad sh!t. Pretty simple, remove any variable and it is not an “assault weapon”
* assuming semi automatic

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:09 PM

Science nothing. Was the “assault weapons” ban Mitt Romney signed into law in 2004 a “conservative” thing to do?

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

sharrukin…..you know the drill. Did you?

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Yes!

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Not very observant.

Bmore on January 24, 2013 at 10:16 PM

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Yes!

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM

Explain. Come on, you can do it. So you think that Feinstein’s being “conservative” as well?

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

sharrukin….past your bed time?

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

I’m an Anarcho Neo Randian now. All these other chump candidates are chumps. It’s too late for these wanabees. Rand Paul stood up to the to the dictator and the evil witch that sits by his side.

I was waiting for someone to step up, and here came Rand. And though I worry about his isolationism, at least he isn’t bowing to a Caliph or waterboarding a bad indie film maker. His amnesty plan could still be a deal breaker.

Jindal – I can’t even remember whether that’s his first name or not, These GOP pretenders to the throne are as big as they are ever going be. It’s down hill from here for the “young guns”.

I say, Rand Paul 2016! (unless he pushes amnesty)

BoxHead1 on January 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 10:17 PM

Climb back into your tree….science nothing chimp, you can do it!

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:31 PM

sharrukin…..you know the drill. Did you?

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:13 PM

We all know the dmann drill:

SPAM! SPAM! SPAM, WHINE, SPAM!

“We all know what you’ve been told, your nonsense is getting old!”

Sound off!
You are
Sound off!
such a
Sound off!
godd@mned
Sound off!
trolltard…

MelonCollie on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM

The Republicans need to develop a creative and far-reaching urban policy. There currently is no urban policy in this country and the majority of Americans live in cities…go figger…
The Republicans should gather the most creative urban thinkers…and by that I do not mean not the most liberal…but the most creative…cities are about placemaking and economics and hanging out and living…and by the very nature of that will garner the interest of young people, different genders and a wide variety of different ethnic groups. That’s a sure fire opinion…take it and go with…now!!

driguana on January 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

Hey Bobby! If you want to change just about everything, why don’t you just become a democrat? If you wanted a Chevy Camero you wouldn’t but a Ford Mustang and then set about to convert it. You are really stupid.

VorDaj on January 24, 2013 at 10:51 PM

This Jindal is so stupid. If he wanted a dishwasher he would probably get a stove and try to turn it into a dishwasher. Why not just get a dishwasher in the first place, you moron.

VorDaj on January 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

It is a shame: a simple question to sharrukin results in an all out gangbang assault to protect those that did not vote against Obama. If you ddrintn and Meloncollie can find solace in the defeat of Romney so be it. You have identified yourselves as enemies of freedom and defacto supporters of Barack….sleep well….tools!

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 10:55 PM

…wow!…nice thread!

KOOLAID2 on January 24, 2013 at 11:07 PM

come up with a set of governing principles, explain these principles to every person in the country (that’s right, even the big urban areas) and run candidates committed to these principles.

People will vote for you or they won’t.

Joey24007 on January 24, 2013 at 11:41 PM

This Jindal is so stupid. If he wanted a dishwasher he would probably get a stove and try to turn it into a dishwasher. Why not just get a dishwasher in the first place, you moron.

VorDaj on January 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM

But… but those stove-to-dishwasher converters are the neatest things! And they are half-off at Penny’s!

Myron Falwell on January 25, 2013 at 12:30 AM

90% of the GOP’s problem is SoCon idiocy, and ironically Jindal is part of the problem with his asinine position that abortion should be criminalized even in cases of rape.

BradTank on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

90% of the GOP’s problem is SoCon idiocy, and ironically Jindal is part of the problem with his asinine position that abortion should be criminalized even in cases of rape.

BradTank on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

And that comment right there encapsulates why I won’t be surprised if the GOP fractures at some point. The GOP’s problem isn’t social conservatives. No social conservatives in the party, you can kiss that party goodbye.

The more socially liberal Republicans insult and call socially conservative Republicans and Republican-minded conservatives idiots and what-not, the more we find the door more appealing, even knowing what it means for the party, the nation and themselves.

Killing the unborn on purpose is unconscionable – with the possible exception of the legitimate life of the mother at stake* – no matter the excuse. Two wrongs don’t make a right. A human life is a human life whether conceived in violence or not and has value and worth.

*I know exactly what I wrote and I said it on purpose. Anyone with sense knew what was meant the first time too… but the left and especially the right decided to play dumb and see it as pure ignorance. We will never know how many abortions take place because the mother’s life vis-a-vis medical health (as in life or death illness) is at stake, but it seems reasonable to suspect that a fair number of abortions done with that as a reason are done so questionably… is/was the mother’s life really at stake, or did the mother or doctor fudge? Oh, but that’s just ignorant to think that someone might lie to get an abortion… every reason for an abortion just has to be legitimate…

Logus on January 25, 2013 at 3:00 AM

The GOP needs to keep hammering home that they aren’t against a social safety net— rather, they’re actively for an economy in which opportunities are so readily available and attractive that people don’t want to be on welfare — and its the type of economy that cannot be achieved through federal orchestration.

Another one bites the dust. I liked this one too, but on the bright side, entitlements are ending…..one way or the other. You can bank on that Jindal.

DFCtomm on January 25, 2013 at 6:28 AM

DID YOU VOTE?

dmann on January 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

I realize you didn’t ask me, but I’m more than happy to tell you I’ll never vote for another Republican again in my life.

DFCtomm on January 25, 2013 at 6:34 AM

How about the party of specifics on how to solve the problems, rather than the party of lame speeches, trying to manipulate the stupid into thinking…

Just what is Jindal proposing?

MNHawk on January 25, 2013 at 7:29 AM

The GOP needs to keep hammering home that they aren’t against a social safety net — rather, they’re actively for an economy in which opportunities are so readily available and attractive that people don’t want to be on welfare — and its the type of economy that cannot be achieved through federal orchestration.

I agree 100%. If we allow free markets to operate with less taxation, regulation, and government intrusion into the market, there would be more jobs, more economic opportunity, more growth, and…here is something that isn’t hammered home often enough…things would cost less. Important things like health care, food, and energy.

At the same time, the GOP needs to stop scaring away people who might otherwise vote for them if socons weren’t out there making it sound like all Republicans everywhere want to outlaw sex before marriage, stuff gays back in the closet, and outlaw all abortions everywhere.

Instead, the GOP should be consistent – point out it’s not government’s role to subsidize abortion or play favorties based on “diversity.” Battles like this have to be won on a local level by churches and individuals, not big government.

DRayRaven on January 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

The one thing the GOP must not become is a Party Of Euphemisms like the lefties with their oxymoronic definitions and applications of previously clear and simple terms like equality, fairness, opportunity, etc.

All this expand/share/appeal stuff is clearly aimed at the illegal immigrant vote and that term itself is an oxymoron. While we squint under the weak light of our CF bulbs, drink our size-limited Cokes and wash our clothes a second time due to poor cleaning from phosphate-free detergent, we continue to shake our heads at the flurry of laws aimed at actual citizens while we see brazen lawbreakers rewarded and courted.

jangle12 on January 25, 2013 at 8:38 AM

………on the bright side, entitlements are ending…..one way or the other. ……..

DFCtomm on January 25, 2013 at 6:28 AM

I hear this a great deal on conservative blogs. It is not even a little bit true.

The amount a citizen can expect to receive from entitlements will shrink a great deal over the next fifty years, but the total annual cost of entitlements to the country will keep rising until they are completely strangling the economy. At that point the total cost will begin steadily shrinking, but only because the GDP shrinks every year. As a percentage of the GDP, entitlements will never shrink for any significant period of time.

The only way that changes is if we get overrun by a conquering enemy that has no intention of sending retirement checks to old Americans or to the doctors of sick old Americans.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

He’s done better than Chicago Jesus so far. What’s the unemployment rate been for the past 4 years? How’s that economic growth going after 4 years and a trillion in stimulus? Has it crept over 2% yet?

ddrintn on January 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM

Please stop taking Jesus’ name in vain. Pick on some other deities like the murdering-raping-pillaging-pedophile that Obummer actually worships.

Nutstuyu on January 25, 2013 at 9:50 AM

90% of the GOP’s problem is SoCon idiocy, and ironically Jindal is part of the problem with his asinine position that abortion should be criminalized even in cases of rape.

BradTank on January 25, 2013 at 12:40 AM

78% of Americans are Christian. Get over yourself.

kingsjester on January 25, 2013 at 11:20 AM

A strong speech. One really has to read the full text. There not a line I disagree with. Of course, Jindal has to operate in the real world. Some people have a problem with that.

el gordo on January 25, 2013 at 12:30 PM

I hear this a great deal on conservative blogs. It is not even a little bit true.

The amount a citizen can expect to receive from entitlements will shrink a great deal over the next fifty years, but the total annual cost of entitlements to the country will keep rising until they are completely strangling the economy. At that point the total cost will begin steadily shrinking, but only because the GDP shrinks every year. As a percentage of the GDP, entitlements will never shrink for any significant period of time.

The only way that changes is if we get overrun by a conquering enemy that has no intention of sending retirement checks to old Americans or to the doctors of sick old Americans.

fadetogray on January 25, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Do you not get what’s going on? Keynesian economics has destroyed Western Civilization. The United States probably won’t survive with it’s current borders. Talk about normality bias.

DFCtomm on January 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I still have a hard time getting those columns from the plantation out of my mind. Just another blowhard. Like Christie, nothing more, nothing less. Move on, nothing to see here.

Fuquay Steve on January 25, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Fe fi fo fum I smell the blood of a RINO bum!

MCGIRV on January 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

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