Bobby Jindal at CPAC: We have long said this president is a smart man. It may be time to revisit that assumption.

posted at 5:21 pm on March 6, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

To my mind, the front of public education is one of the most absolutely fundamental battles conservatives need to be fighting from the local level on up, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made it his signature mission to reform Louisiana’s failing public school system into a workable model that presents equal opportunities to children from all incomes and backgrounds — much to the chagrin of Big Labor, the Obama administration, and Democrats in general. The Obama DOJ has been hypocritically employing the justice system to get in the way of the state’s school voucher program, but Jindal is having none of it:

Who could be against giving choices to parents? Eric Holder and President Obama, that’s who could be against giving parents choices. The Department of Justice has taken us to federal court to try to impede this program. Now, I want you to think about this. We’ve got Eric Holder and the Department of Justice trying to stand in the schoolhouse door to prevent minority kids, low-income kids, kids who haven’t had access to a great education the chance to go better schools. Over 90 percent of these kids are minority children. Over 100 percent of these kids are in low-income families who would otherwise go to C, D, or F schools. … I think it is cynical, immoral, and hypocritical for the attorney general and the president to deny these children the same choices and chances they would want for their own children. … It’s especially cynical to try to use those same rules designed to protect these children to trap them in failing schools. But I’ve got a message for Eric Holder and I’ve got a message for the president: We’re going to fight them every step of the way, even at the United States Supreme Court, to defend these children’s rights.

Incidentally, Reason has a great new video out today about a similar charter-school battle taking place in New York City, definitely worth the watch:


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He may be intelligent, but he isn’t all that smart.

Cleverness is no substitute for smarts.

ajacksonian on March 7, 2014 at 7:40 AM

Cheshire_Kat on March 7, 2014 at 4:02 AM

That’s good to know. But there are more issues than that. For example, Obama (or his successor) issues an EO withholding funds from states that don’t indoctrinate teach preteens the proper attitude about birth control, sex, homosexuality and abortion.

The farther schools are from local control (actually applies to any government function), the more opportunity there is for mischief.

Fenris on March 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Gov Jindal is a promising politician. Sure take him over Chris Christie.

Rio2010 on March 7, 2014 at 8:41 AM

Sorry Bobby, I NEVER thought he was smart, just dangerous.

Farnsworth on March 7, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Over 100 percent of these kids are in low-income families…

What?

FadeToBolivia on March 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

I watched the video, and found that line at 6:40. He never says “over” the second time. He didn’t say another word or stutter instead. He just simply says “100 percent of these kids…”. This is all on the transcriber.

redsweater on March 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM

I never bought the assumption that he was “the smartest man in the room” in the first place. (Hint: Uh umm uh uh uh uh ummm) And I compared him to Jimmy Carter when he was running in 08. (Many of the things he said as a candidate reminded me of Carter.) So, what took you so long Bobby?

This is all so frustrating to hear from Republican leaders over 5 years later.

jjjdad on March 7, 2014 at 11:49 AM

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