GOP Electorate Passes on Guy Who Turned Around Disastrous State


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A Stupid GOP Electorate Takes a Pass on the Best Governor in the 2016 Field

Alright. I’m ready to just burn down the primary process.

Do you why I was such a big Bobby Jindal fan? Look at the condition of his state the day he took office, and look at the condition of his state now. Yes, Jindal’s approval rating is way below its peak, and two-thirds Louisianans think the state is headed in the wrong direction. I’ll explain more on that in a bit. But let’s take a time machine back to 2007, right before Jindal was elected.

Democratic governor Kathleen Blanco had performed so abysmally during Katrina and its aftermath, she chose to not run for reelection. The state-run program to distribute federal disaster relief funds was in typical disarray. By January 2007 – 17 months after Katrina! — fewer than 250 of an estimated 100,000 applicants had received payments from the program. New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin was still talking about keeping his devastated locale “chocolate city.” (In 2014, Nagin was convicted on twenty of twenty-one charges of wire fraud, bribery, and money laundering related to bribes from city contractors before and after Hurricane Katrina; he was sentenced to ten years in federal prison.) The FBI raided the local congressman’s home and found $90,000 cash in his freezer; he was later sentenced to 13 years in prison. Eighty percent of New Orleans flooded, and 70 percent of homes were damaged. High crime, failing schools, a state government gripped by incompetence and corruption… You think the United States of America in 2015 is a mess? Louisiana in 2007 was in as bad a situation as any state in the union has been in the past fifty years.

Look at Bobby Jindal. Just look at him. He’s 90 pounds soaking wet, he speaks a million words a minute, and he’s got the brains for Oxford and can’t hide it at all. When he’s not nerdy, he’s square; he chose to be called “Bobby” because he liked the character on “The Brady Bunch.” A state that still reveres Huey Long the way the Turks revere Ataturk was never going to give a guy like him the keys to state government unless they were desperate and looking for a miracle.

So they put Bobby Jindal behind the wheel and damn, did he perform. Fed up with government corruption? Jindal recognized that nothing would work if you didn’t fix that first:

Louisiana’s dramatic jump was rooted in the state’s poor performance in 2006, when it was ranked as number 44, with only 43 points. The disappointing score motivated Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to push a sweeping ethics reform package soon after entering office in January 2008. He signed the bills in the package over a period of several days beginning March 3, 2008, and the new laws took effect this past January. They require all lawmakers to report their outside financial interests — the first time such disclosure has ever been required in Louisiana. As a result of Jindal’s initiative, Louisiana has rocketed to the top of the Center’s rankings, with 94.5 points, earning the top slot among all 50 states.

Then there’s the economy. Here’s Forbes in 2013:

Louisiana has become one of the most attractive states to do business across a wide spectrum of both traditional and burgeoning industries. This is in large part due to governmental reforms and economic development efforts that were executed in 2008, at a time when most states were pulling back on those efforts due to the beginning of the economic recession. In the past four years, the state has improved on all major business climate rankings, excelling on several lists among the top 10, and luring in dozens of economic development projects that are creating more than 63,000 jobs and over $28 billion in new capital investment.

Just last month, New Orleans was ranked no. 1 overall in economic recovery out of the largest 100 metro areas in the United States, according to the Brookings Institution. Specifically, the Louisiana city came out first in employment, first in Gross Domestic Product output, 87th in unemployment, and 26th in housing prices.

Did Jindal have some wind at his back for much of his first term with higher oil prices in his oil-rich state? Sure, and with oil prices coming down, it’s hurting the state’s economy, one of the reasons for gloom in Jindal’s second term.

Do you like school choice? Jindal pushed for the biggest expansion anywhere. Do you like big, sweeping, honking reforms that actually improve schools where they were previously disastrous failures? Look to New Orleans.

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina wiped out huge swaths of the city’s infrastructure and displaced its population, a disaster that paradoxically gave the city the chance to redesign its failing school system. Rather than re-create the neighborhood-based schools that had recapitulated generations of poverty, the city created a network of public charter schools. The charters, which have open admission and public accountability, have produced spectacular results. Before the reforms, New Orleans students — like overwhelmingly poor students in most places — lagged far behind more affluent students. Since the reforms, the achievement gap has nearly closed. The proportion of New Orleans students performing at grade level, once half the rate of the rest of the state, now trails by just 6 percent:

If immigration’s your issue, here’s the guy who talked about assimilation and could point to his family’s life experience:

“We need to insist people that want to come to our country should come legally, should learn English and adopt our values, roll up their sleeves, and get to work,” Jindal, the Louisiana governor, said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We need to insist on assimilation. You know, in Europe they’re not doing that. They’ve got huge problems. Immigration without assimilation is invasion. That can weaken our country.”

He’s the one who kept telling people to not call him Indian-American, just “American.” What the hell, Republican primary voters? I mean, what the hell? A record like that, and you don’t give the guy a second look?

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Me - If the GOP has to commit suicide by nominating a question mark and ignoramus like Trump or a not quite ready for Prime Time Ben Carson, why not at least go down swinging with a solid conservative such as Bobby Jindal?


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Jindal’s conservative, smart, experienced and (in the context of a general election) electable. He’s a good and honorable man, but he chose to run during an election cycle in which conservatives are determined to commit political suicide.


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What a load of horse crap.

Look, Jindal is a decent governor. He’s far from perfect though. If he were to run again for governor, he’d get demolished here. Term limits are preventing that. Now, he could sit out a term and run again, ala Edwin Edwards vs David Duke. He’d most likely lose though. He’s ticked off many R’s here, and all of the D’s.

He’s waffled on several big issues lately. For nearly his entire last term since his re-election, he’s been gearing up for his presidential campaign and not paying attention at home. People here have noticed.

As far as political suicide, you are one to talk.
How have your ideas worked lately? Rhetorical, you needn’t answer/
Let’s look at the ever more moderate Paul Ryan… He’s gearing up to out-liberal John Beohner, that’s freakin scary.
He’s going to be Obama’s shoe shine boy even more than McConnell and Crying John had ever hoped to be. I’m talking applying the edge dressing with his tongue, devoted to his work, shining shoes on Sunday evenings when required.

How’s that Romney Resurrection going?
Again, rhetorical

Where’s Jeb! at?

How’s old Kasich doing?

How’s Walker doing?

How’s Limpsey Graham?

How’s Jabba the Christie?

People aren’t buying that load of feces anymore.

I feel for you. It must be maddening. Much like it has been for Conservatives lately who haven’t had a national voice lately.


#4

I like Paul Ryan. Walker is all right but I didn’t think he would go anywhere. What makes you think I give a damn about McConnell, Boehner, Romney, Jeb, Kasich, Graham, Christie? Just because I think Trump must be some kind of a sick joke is a liberal judging by his recent past and would only lose to any Dem? Just because I don’t like those guys does that mean I have to support some outsider with no record to judge? Where is the logic in that? There has to be some true conservative the GOP can nominate.


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None of us has had a national voice lately, DN - we’ve been suffering though seven years of incompetent, tone-deaf liberalism and that will likely continue. If you think I’m any happier than you at the state of the nation, think again.

Yes, it’s maddening - because conservatives finally have a chance to return to power and they are pissing it all away by swooning to demogogues, xenophobes and extremists.

I can see what’s coming, and it’s the suicide of conservatism. It is a tragedy, for the nation, and especially for conservatism as a viable force in American politics.


#6

I don’t think I was replying to your post, so I’m going to ignore most of it. I’ll respond to the last part with: Ted Cruz.


#7

Absolutely. That makes perfect sense.


#8

The GOP has been slowly committing suicide for decades now. LBJ’s defeat of Goldwater in 1964 scared the bejeebers out of the GOP Establishment-types who then made the conscious decision to try and out-liberal the liberals and thought THAT would put them in control again. If Nixon had been a REAL conservative, his first action upon taking office in 1969 SHOULD have been to trash LBJ’s ENTIRE “War on Poverty” BS which would have saved taxpayers seven or eight TRILLION dollars. Instead, he EXPANDED it. Admittedly, he was saddled with Democrat Congresses, but it COULD have been done by EO’s. After all, public employees got the “right” to unionize and strike via a JFK EO. Reagan was an anomaly. He was nominated and elected DESPITE what the GOP-E’s preferred. Bush I, Bush II, Dole, McCain and Romney WERE ALL wishy-washy, left-leaning knuckleheads on EVERY national issue except, perhaps, national defense. How’s the GOP-E’s way worked for us SO far? We got the disasters that were Carter, Clinton and Obama!


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GOP voters and not some GOP-E have nominated every presidential candidate since primaries have been the method of selecting candidates. Nixon, Ford, Bush I, Bush II, Dole, McCain and Romney WERE ALL nominated by the GOP voters.


#10

Technically, perhaps, but GOP voters were saddled with the GOP-E’s CANDIDATES and tended to be restricted to the LEAST objectionable of all those running for the nomination. And, don’t forget the “open primary” stupidity that the GOP-E highly favors and encourages.


#11

GOP voters have tended to vote for whose “turn it is” unless there is no clear person to fill that roll.


#12

And you know this how?


#13

[quote=“Susanna, post:12, topic:47741”]
And you know this how?
[/quote]It is only what I perceive in the Republicans I know just like others perceive an all powerfull controlling establishment.


#14

What percentage of all Republicans do you know? How many even make it to the primary without the blessing of the RNC? And how many get ambushed when the RNC sees the “wrong” kind getting too popular? Particularly early in the primaries?


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[quote=“Susanna, post:14, topic:47741”]
What percentage of all Republicans do you know? How many even make it to the primary without the blessing of the RNC? And how many get ambushed when the RNC sees the “wrong” kind getting too popular? Particularly early in the primaries?
[/quote]Why don’t you answer these questions and afterwards I’ll ask “how do you know?”.


#16

Skeptic’s right about the GOP’s tendency to nominate the perceived “next in line”, but that’s because the GOP has usually been traditionally conservative. Not hell-bent reactionary, like this year so far. Besides, this year the field was known to be wide open, with no “next in line”. (I think that could have been Paul Ryan, and I sure wish in retrospect it had been, but he declined the invitation to the scrum.) Jeb was never the “next in line”; heck, he’d been out of politics what, six years?

The populist insurrection against the GOP governors (Jindal, Walker, and Perry gone, with Christie and Kasich on life support) is a profound tragedy. It will ensure the installation of Queen Hillary, and, if the pitchfolkers hand us Trump as the nominee, it will be the suicide of conservatism.


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Jindal was trying to run on his philosophy in a year when Conservatives are tired of being told how “Conservative minded” GOP candidates are only to have them stab us in the back the moment the vote counting ends, Cruz is making this same error.

The only enduring and endearing trait at this point is the willingness to fight without restraint and an unwillingness to back off of ANYTHING to appease those who desire our demise, no “filter” created by focus groups or pollsters will be tolerated and no belaboring about ones “Conservative Credentials” is wanted; these type of campaigns have led to nothing but the Statist GOP that is cursing the United States today.

I REALLY want Ted Cruz to figure this out because he is the strongest Conservative Candidate but so far his campaign seems to be following the old strategies of reiterating your past actions that paint you in the desired light and trying to engage the media critics intellectually when all they deserve is mocking.

Reagan was the complete package, he articulated why his ideas were superior and mocked those who were unable or unwilling to see their superiority, Trump has the mocking down pat but nothing else really; but Cruz could be the whole package.


#18

The only enduring and endearing trait at this point is the willingness to fight without restraint and an unwillingness to back off of ANYTHING to appease those who desire our demise,

This is madness.


#19

Wo wo, I’d like to hear what Jindal screwed up on, please elaborate on that. I know he has low approval figures, but I never got much of an explanation.