“We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys. The party shouldn’t tolerate bizarre, offensive comments or “dumbed-down conservatism.” Bobby Jindal
There are, as often is the case with great quotations, questions as to whether Vince Lombardi said those exact words, or whether he intended them in the strictest literal sense, indeed whether he maybe borrowed the words from someone else. Nevertheless, Vince Lombardi is associated with winning.
In Bobby Jindal’s comments, the glaring”rich people shouldn’t expect to keep their toys” jumps out at you, but an equally remarkable part of his tirade is where he says the party can’t tolerate certain……comments.
Jindal also said this:
Jindal said the Republican Party needs to convince voters it is the party of the middle class and upward mobility. Its conservative principles “are good for every single voter” and it “has to campaign for every single vote,” he added.
Let’s see now. Obama’s ‘class warfare’ rhetoric was despicable, but we are the party of the middle ‘class’, but we want to be upwardly mobile, but if we get upward we shouldn’t expect to keep the things we have gotten because …..oh, dear this is confusing.
So the question becomes, Governor, how does the party “not tolerate” some idea of conservatism that is not compatible with the ‘mainstream’ party line and still “go after every single vote”? Or did you mean, Governor, that the Party would go after every single “moderate” Republican vote, and as many votes from the Sandra Flukes of the world that it is possible to pander to? Is that a “winning” combination, Governor?
In many of the analyses of why Obama won and Romney lost, there is the mantra about the big tent theory, that Republicans lost because they excluded the 47% and the Democrats, Obama, went after “every single vote”. Excuse me? Did Obama go after my vote? Did Obama go after your vote? In fact what Obama did was to double down on the left-wing rhetoric, only couching it in populist phrases. He pandered to his “base”, lied to everyone else and took advantage of the voter fraud drives he helped inculcate during his stint as a ‘community organizer’.
Jindal cannot reconcile his two positions. One cannot ‘go after every single vote’ by ‘not tolerating’ the right-most elements of the Party (and don’t give me any neo-nazi crap; we are adults here). We assume that if Jindal has any conservatism left in his intellectually superior brand of it (as opposed to the dumbed-down kind), then it must be that he signs on to the idea of lying to the Sandra Flukes of the world, tell them that he ‘feels their pain’…..or something.
Frankly, we think that what Jindal is saying is just so much gibberish. We think his knee-jerk assessments and prescriptions are no more of a winning strategy than those of the dime-a-dozen talking heads we read about in the semi-conservative blogs or listen to on Fox News. Mitt Romney lost the race because he couldn’t make himself heard above the din of the chattering class telling him to “slow down, speed up” , “hit hard, be nice”, “appeal to better angels, tell the awful truth” dichotomous ravings of said chattering class. They wouldn’t even let him enunciate a principle, let alone stand on one.
He perhaps did as best as he could under the circumstances. The final proof in the pudding, though, and the final refutation of the raving of Jindal and others is that every credible analysis of the State of the Union, as exemplified in pre-vote and exit polling, is that Romney won the minds but not the hearts of the voters. Most people agreed that the economy, and their economic fortunes, were in the tank. Incredibly, enough of them threw logic and reasoning out the window and let Obama ‘feel their pain’ rather than let Romney do something about it. Is that dumbed -down conservatism? No, that is dumbed- down liberalism. Those are the votes Jindal, et al, want to go after. To them, that’s ‘winning’.
To us, that’s what is ‘bizarre’ and the comments we should not be ‘tolerating’ are ones like “we must not be the party that protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.” If that’s the kind of redistributive mot you’re going to spew, Governor, then there’s a special place reserved for you in the First Lady’s box at the next Democrat National Convention and Barack Obama inauguration, and the one after that, and the one after that. Charlie Crist already has his seat. He’s a real winner, ain’t he?