After the 2012 election, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made a name for himself as the most eager and aggressive of the GOP’s self-flagellators. Republicans have to “stop being the stupid party,” he raged. They have to compete for “the 47 percent and the 53 percent,” and “any other combination of numbers that adds up to 100 percent.” Above all, they need to “stop insulting the intelligence of voters.”It's not the being stupid, it's the appearing to regret the stupidity.
Apparently, he’s changed his mind.
In Politico Tuesday, Jindal tells the Republican Party to quit doing the thing Jindal was telling them to do a few months ago and get back on the attack!
Jindal's Politico article, by the way, is one of the stupider pieces of prose one is likely to run across. My favorite bit is where, in a long paragraph of wild flailing at imagined "leftward" bogeymen, Jindal throws in a random accusation that "the left" believes "the earth is flat." I thought at first that Jindal meant that in relation to the "industrial age factory style government" thing that followed it in the stream of consciousness. But the punctuation suggests otherwise.
Either way it's a remarkable statement from the Governor who has spent the past two years removing science from the school curricula. Especially in a piece where he's urging Republicans to boldly look backward for their ideas. How much longer can Bobby keep floudering around like this and continue to command such impressive speaking fees?