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Campus Question – November 13, 2012

November 13, 2012

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Campus Question – November 13, 2012

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Calling on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party,” Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) added “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. […] 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.” To quote Josh Marshall, “Little Late for That, No?”

  • NCrissieB

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  • Considering the number of truly stupid things he’s said, err…. yes, it is a little late for that. 😉 I know Joe Scarborough has been ranting rather continuously on that theme for the past week or so, as has David Frum.

    Sadly, the idiots control the party right now.

  • NCrissieB

    As Slate‘s Matthew Yglesias writes, Gov. Jindal’s critique of his party is suspiciously short on details:

    Judging by today’s Jonathan Martin piece, I’d say Bobby Jindal has the inside track to win a Republican Party primary. That’s because he’s hit the ideological sweet spot of calling for new economic policies without actually calling for any new policies.
    This is, I think, probably a winning primary platform. Republicans would like to win more elections but don’t want to change their policies, so they’re eager for a candidate who has “new ideas” but no new ideas.

    Still, it’s a baby step toward admitting they’re wrong….

  • addisnana

    If this was a marching band it’s like someone just yelled “about face.” For all that Jindahl decried platitudes, he certainly delivered them by the paragraph.

    Frum has been on this for a while but the rest of these ‘conversions’ I don’t trust for a minute. If everyone races to the middle, the only differences will be women’s reproductive health and Obamacare. I doubt that they will have changed on LGBT issues but they might not be as mean. Papa ? Pizza will have to start his own party. He could hook up with the guy from Chick-a-fil and they could start a party together.

    Color me just a tad skeptical. Next slogan…”Vote for the real Democrats and not the R’s in D clothing. Maybe we could borrow Carly Fiorino’s sheep video.

  • Jim W

    The baby step was admiting that the message was wrong.

    On cultural issues, he suggested the party not retreat from its stances opposing abortion rights and gay marriage but rather soften its tone on such matters.