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Bobby Jindal: We Can Either Go Down the Government Path or the American Path

Tonight, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to the Republican National Committee. Prior to the speech, which was carried on C-SPAN (I’ll link to it as soon as I can find it), he said he’d refute Barack Obama’s liberal vision for America and would outline a direction for the new Republican Party. I followed it on Twitter, where Jindal shared the core messages of the speech:

In America, government is one of those thin…

  1. James Of England
    Whiskey Sam

    Mollie Hemingway, Ed.

    Whiskey Sam

    We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth.

    I’d like some explication of this.  Is he saying we should abandon the idea that government needs to be smaller?…..

    No! He’s saying that if you talk about government, you’re talking about austerity. If you’re talking about private enterprise, you’re talking about growth. Do we want to talk about government … and austerity? Or do we want to talk about human potential, economic growth, etc.? He’s basically saying to pick better ways of talking about what we believe in. The gov’t path is a loser …. the American path is a winner. · 10 minutes ago

    Didn’t Mitt Romney spend half his campaign talking about growth and helping the middle class and small businessmen? · 3 hours ago

    Yeah, but he also focused heavily on austerity. I get the vibe from Jindal that he wants to talk about turning away from government the way that Reagan, Newt, first term Bush 43, 2008 Obama and Gary Johnson talked about it. Big spending small government advocacy is the most popular kind of small government advocacy.

  2. Xennady
    Kervinlee:

    See what I mean?

    Well, yes. But I think the Chronicle is correct to note that the GOP must stop being the stupid party.

    If the party wasn’t, it wouldn’t matter what leftist propaganda outfits like the Chronicle say about the GOP, because the public would know better.

    Instead since Ronald Reagan the party seems to have been led by people who aren’t conservatives and don’t really think the left is wrong. So they aren’t really willing to fight back against the endless lies and slurs, or even notice that they happen.

    For example, I recall the infamous Sarah Palin interview with Katie Couric.  I’ve read that Palin was asked the same questions over and over again, while Couric attempted to get answers to make her look stupid.

    When it was all over, the McCain camp blamed Palin for this. They gave the opposition hours to engineer a bad interview, and then blamed the target.

    This is stupidity personified. Don’t blame the media for this idiocy. Blame the people who can’t accept that the media is their enemy. Or don’t care.

    The GOP must do better, or it will disappear.

  3. John Hendrix

    Favorite line?

    Jindal: ‘Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the USA? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.’

    #shotsfired

  4. Casey

    I say we all get in line behind this guy and charge.

  5. Lucy Pevensie
    Casey: I say we all get in line behind this guy and charge. · 0 minutes ago

    I’m in line right behind you.

  6. Lucy Pevensie

    As for favorite lines, I’ll take all of these:

    Jindal: ‘Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the USA? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.’

    Jindal: ‘I am not one of those [Republicans] who believe we should moderate, equivocate, or otherwise abandon our principles.’

    Jindal: ‘America already has one liberal party, she doesn’t need another one.’

    Jindal: ‘No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles, but we might need to change just about everything else we do.’

  7. Chris Campion

    Jindal: ‘America already has one liberal party, she doesn’t need another one.’

    Christo likey!

  8. DrewInWisconsin

    A lot of people know how to say the right words — politicians build their careers on it. It’s too early and I’m still too cynical, bruised and understandably cautious to trust anyone from “the stupid party.” Is this genuine conviction or political opportunism?

  9. Hartmann von Aue

    I’ll second one of the lines Lucy Pevensie picked: “Which of you wants to sign up to help manage the slow decline of the USA? I sure don’t. That’s what we have Democrats for.’”

    And the Jindal/Rubio 2016 bumberstickers start printing….yesterday.

  10. Casey

    Make that Rubio/Jindal. Best haircut goes to the top of the ticket.

  11. Leigh

    I think this sounds like a guy who’s thinking about running for President.  And like a guy who might make a good one.

  12. raycon and lindacon

    Curious that his remarks go to the GOP and government.  Not one assertion that individual liberty and dignity are the foundation of our Constitutional Republic.  Bobby Jindal carries the same narrative as do the Democrats; ‘It is the government that organizes America toward the future. 

    No thanks.  This is just another campaign speech.  The republicans will work on the problem of growth and do better than the Democrats.  WOW!

    Nice that he isn’t parroting the usual statist c***, but it is still the same ol’, same ol’.

    And when the election is over, and Jundal and Rubio or, take-your-pick, prevail, it will be the same old party hackery that will give us, yet again, a slower race to the abyss.

    Been there, Done that.  Fed Up.

  13. jetstream
    Casey: Make that Rubio/Jindal. Best haircut goes to the top of the ticket. · 12 hours ago

    Jindal/West !!!

  14. jetstream
    Dave Carter: I have to say,..he does make me feel much better about my home state.   · 11 hours ago

    He makes me feel better about the future for America.  I’m about one more Obama Drama from moving to Switzerland.

  15. Peter Robinson
    C
    Casey: I say we all get in line behind this guy and charge. · 1 hour ago

    My impulse exactly!

  16. Jordan Wiegand

    I listened to the address and I was excited.  Jindal seems to get it.  He wants to reframe the issue to more favorable terms and build a brand in those terms.

    He is articulate and seems principled.  I look forward to more from Jindal in the future.

  17. Casey
    DrewInWisconsin: It’s too early 

    Nope.  We have 12 months to clear old Republican garbage and then 6 months to plant new seeds for the harvest of 2014.

  18. Dave Carter
    C

    I have to say,..he does make me feel much better about my home state.  

  19. Butters

    I have a sense of dread that the conservative vote will split among Paul/Jindal/Rubio/Walker, and we will end up with the fat blowhard RINO as our nominee.

    Notice how the GOP ruling class always gets behind a single candidate? Combine this with open primaries, and we are doomed.

    Maybe Peter Robinson’s favorite RINO Jeb Bush will run and split some of Christie’s support, but I doubt it (Bush name is toxic).

  20. The Mugwump

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    Keep your eye on the man on the right.  Last night Bill Whittle recorded his message as the Virtual President of the United States.  The video will probably go viral in a few days.  

    I was part of Bill’s inner circle when he was an obscure blogger.  I can attest to his superior intellect and sincere patriotism.  I will predict that if the republic survives, it will be through the efforts of Bill Whittle and people like him.  He represents a need breed of conservative intellectual, someone who is both media savvy and able to deliver the message with absolute clarity.

    I will also predict for you that if the Tea Party is able to displace the Republicans as the loyal opposition, Bill Whittle will be our de facto leader.  

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