Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana, hoped to run for President this year. However, when he was assigned to present the GOP response to Barack Obama’s first State of the Union address, this introduction to the national stage did not work out as well as he might have hoped. He has spent much of the past year working to defeat Barack Obama. He has traveled extensively across the nation on behalf of Republican candidates, especially since Mitt Romney secured the nomination.
Every once in a while, he would return home, make a few pronouncements, and then leave again for more hospitable climes. That’s perfectly fine. Like most places, we don’t really need or want much of a hands-on government down here, unless we have a natural disaster.
However, now that the election is concluded, Jindal has determined where the Republican Party has gone wrong. In an interview with Politico, he was pretty blunt on what the problems are. Jindal said, during the interview: ‘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.”
He continued, “It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that. 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.”
He also stated that, “ (the GOP must be) the party of ideas, details and intelligent solutions …stop reducing everything to mindless slogans, tag lines, 30-second ads that all begin to sound the same. …Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work. You can’t beat something with nothing. The reality is we have to be a party of solutions and not just bumper-sticker slogans but real detailed policy solutions.”
Jindal is in a difficult position politically. He is term-limited in Louisiana and is concluding his final term as Governor. He cannot realistically expect to be elected as Senator since David Vitter will not leave that august body, at least as long as his wife and kids reside in Louisiana; As well, Mary Landrieu seems secure since her brother in Mayor of New Orleans. He had hoped Romney would win the Presidency and would appoint Bobby Secretary of HHS. Unless a recount occurs or absentee ballots show a sudden change, this may be an unlikely occurrence.
Now, I actually have a number of bets (getting appropriate odds, of course) that Obama will select Jindal to be Ambassador to India. We will know if this is possible if Jindal changes his position on Medicaid for Obamacare soon.