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BOBBY JINDAL IS ONLY HALF-RIGHT ABOUT THE GOP

Posted by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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25 Jan 2013 


Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana delivered a hard-hitting addressto the winter meeting of the Republican National Committee in Charlotte, NC yesterday. The speech was warmly received and has sparked interest and debate across the conservative media. Jindal’s basic point was that Republicans need to talk less about government and more about economic growth, less about Washington and more about America beyond the Beltway. 

He is only half-right. The fact is that Republicans did not lose in 2012 because we talked about government too much and economic growth too little. Mitt Romney made growth and job creation the center of his campaign message; if anything, he spoke too rarely about the size and cost of government. His best line of the first debate, “trickle-down government,” was used once and barely featured again on the campaign trail.

Romney’s unique weakness, aside from his failure to connect to voters on a personal level, was that he could not make Obamacare the focus of his campaign, having made Romneycare the highlight of his governorship in Massachusetts. As Jindal is no doubt aware, opposition to Obamacare is what drove conservative voters to the polls in 2010 and caused independent voters to shift back over to the GOP, where they remain today.

Jindal’s suggestion that Republicans move beyond abstract ideas and start talking about the real lives of real people is long overdue. On the gun issue, for example, why has no one from the GOP or the NRA sought out the numerous elderly black people in Chicago who have used firearms--illegally--to defend themselves from burglars and thugs in neighborhoods where mayor Rahm Emanuel can’t or won’t keep the peace?

But Republicans can and should do that without abandoning the philosophical fight. The battle over the debt ceiling, for example,--what Jindal derided as an “obsession with zeros”--is critical. It is something to worry about, even if it is happening in Washington, because voters do understand that our national debt places our entire economy at risk. There already is one party that does not care about spending; we do not need another.

Jindal also seems to have accepted much of the false media critique of the party. If you only heard about his speech through the mainstream media, you would only know that he called on Republicans to “stop being the stupid party.” He referred to “offensive and bizarre comments” in recent months, presumably Todd Akin’s statement on rape. Yes, Republicans must do better in the media, but the media’s generalization was absurd.

There are plenty of “stupid” Democrats, and stupid things said by smart Democrats. (Ask President Barack Obama what language Austrians speak.) Insulting Republicans achieves nothing but media notoriety: the question is not who is “stupid” but who is willing to defend liberty. 

The Republican Party does need to face some hard truths, and Jindal deserves credit for encouraging a vigorous debate. Yet his address was the kind only a governor could give--optimistic about the impact of good policy, impatient with high-falutin’ principles. The immediate task facing Republicans is to prove to their own voters that they can provide strong opposition to Obama’s radical agenda. The “zeros” are here to stay.

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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Another view on Jindal's comments.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:57 PM

BUMP!

29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:11 PM
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The first thing the GOP needs to do is realize that the media is NEVER going to accurately report on what they say, think, or want.  Never.  Even with video, it will be edited and twisted to mean something entirely different.  (War on Women, anyone???)  A Dem candidate is never going to face the same scrutiny that a Repub will. 

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Absolutely right. I just started Ben Shapiro's book, 

"Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans"

It's excellent- He gives all kinds of examples of this bulling, and how to "hit back twice as hard".

Ben is the guy who looks like he's 17, who clobbered Piers Morgan in their interview about gun control a couple weeks past. I did a post showing the video. Awesome performance - an example of a guy knowing his facts, opening a big can of woop-a$$, and "hitting back twice as hard".

Piers has still not recovered.

Quoting 29again:

The first thing the GOP needs to do is realize that the media is NEVER going to accurately report on what they say, think, or want.  Never.  Even with video, it will be edited and twisted to mean something entirely different.  (War on Women, anyone???)  A Dem candidate is never going to face the same scrutiny that a Repub will. 



DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:34 PM
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I think that's true. The dems like to bring a gun to a knife fight. They are more likely to do dirty, negative talking about the reps & conservatives. The reps & conservatives try to stay above that type of thing. Those that do talk straight, are attacked like Palin, Coulter and even Trump, although he's not conservative.

I think part of it is they think if they're nicer maybe the media won't savage them. Wrong! The mainstream media will never like a true conservative. They need to stop worrying about what the dems and press say about them. The downside of course is, their message gets twisted by the press.


Quoting SallyMJ:

Absolutely right. I just started Ben Shapiro's book, 

"Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans"

It's excellent- He gives all kinds of examples of this bulling, and how to "hit back twice as hard".

Ben is the guy who looks like he's 17, who clobbered Piers Morgan in their interview about gun control a couple weeks past. I did a post showing the video. Awesome performance - an example of a guy knowing his facts, opening a big can of woop-a$$, and "hitting back twice as hard".

Piers has still not recovered.


Quoting 29again:

The first thing the GOP needs to do is realize that the media is NEVER going to accurately report on what they say, think, or want.  Never.  Even with video, it will be edited and twisted to mean something entirely different.  (War on Women, anyone???)  A Dem candidate is never going to face the same scrutiny that a Repub will. 




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29again
by Gold Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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Agreed.  And I think that was Romney's biggest mistake, that he would not fight nearly as dirty as Team O did.  He had to play nice the whole time!  The Repubs need to stop worrying about what the media says, and just repeat their message over and over.  Stay on track, and don't get distracted.  And above all, quit attacking their own!

Quoting DSamuels:

I think that's true. The dems like to bring a gun to a knife fight. They are more likely to do dirty, negative talking about the reps & conservatives. The reps & conservatives try to stay above that type of thing. Those that do talk straight, are attacked like Palin, Coulter and even Trump, although he's not conservative.

I think part of it is they think if they're nicer maybe the media won't savage them. Wrong! The mainstream media will never like a true conservative. They need to stop worrying about what the dems and press say about them. The downside of course is, their message gets twisted by the press.


Quoting SallyMJ:

Absolutely right. I just started Ben Shapiro's book, 


"Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans"

It's excellent- He gives all kinds of examples of this bulling, and how to "hit back twice as hard".

Ben is the guy who looks like he's 17, who clobbered Piers Morgan in their interview about gun control a couple weeks past. I did a post showing the video. Awesome performance - an example of a guy knowing his facts, opening a big can of woop-a$$, and "hitting back twice as hard".

Piers has still not recovered.


Quoting 29again:

The first thing the GOP needs to do is realize that the media is NEVER going to accurately report on what they say, think, or want.  Never.  Even with video, it will be edited and twisted to mean something entirely different.  (War on Women, anyone???)  A Dem candidate is never going to face the same scrutiny that a Repub will. 





SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM
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That's why the New Media developed, and citizen journalists have sprung up - because the mainstream media distorted some news and ignored others.

As Breitbart said, with the new electronics, nearly everyone now has a camera and a video recorder with them at all times.

As Mom and Dad said when we were growing up, not everyone is going to like us. Get used to it. And don't stop doing the right thing.  :)

Quoting DSamuels:

I think that's true. The dems like to bring a gun to a knife fight. They are more likely to do dirty, negative talking about the reps & conservatives. The reps & conservatives try to stay above that type of thing. Those that do talk straight, are attacked like Palin, Coulter and even Trump, although he's not conservative.

I think part of it is they think if they're nicer maybe the media won't savage them. Wrong! The mainstream media will never like a true conservative. They need to stop worrying about what the dems and press say about them. The downside of course is, their message gets twisted by the press.


Quoting SallyMJ:

Absolutely right. I just started Ben Shapiro's book, 


"Bullies: How the Left's Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences Americans"

It's excellent- He gives all kinds of examples of this bulling, and how to "hit back twice as hard".

Ben is the guy who looks like he's 17, who clobbered Piers Morgan in their interview about gun control a couple weeks past. I did a post showing the video. Awesome performance - an example of a guy knowing his facts, opening a big can of woop-a$$, and "hitting back twice as hard".

Piers has still not recovered.


Quoting 29again:

The first thing the GOP needs to do is realize that the media is NEVER going to accurately report on what they say, think, or want.  Never.  Even with video, it will be edited and twisted to mean something entirely different.  (War on Women, anyone???)  A Dem candidate is never going to face the same scrutiny that a Repub will. 






Friday
by Platinum Member on Jan. 26, 2013 at 10:36 PM

Conservatives don't fight dirty like Liberals do?

sidesplittinglaughter

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:57 AM
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Yes - that is generally the case. Not all the time. But most of the time.

Obviously. As you know.


Quoting Friday:

Conservatives don't fight dirty like Liberals do?




Friday
by Platinum Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM


Quoting SallyMJ:

Yes - that is generally the case. Not all the time. But most of the time.

Obviously. As you know.


Quoting Friday:

Conservatives don't fight dirty like Liberals do?




I'm sorry but anyone thinking either party is in any way morally or ethically superior is funny and sad at the same time. I've seen plenty of 'dirty politics' from both sides.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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