I’m sure by now that most everyone has heard about Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and his remarks at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina. Before I get to the bulk of my post, let me preface it by saying I am not endorsing or disregarding Governor Jindal’s remarks. I do, however, believe they merit a discussion. To do anything less is to be naive about the condition of the Republican Party. Changes, you say? Yes, I said the changes the Republican Party needs to make. If we do not, we may as well resign our party to the trash heap of history. Let’s look at what Bobby Jindal had to say.
(Hot Air) “We do not need to change what we believe as conservatives – our principles are timeless,” Jindal says. “But we do need to re-orient our focus to the place where conservatism thrives: in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.” …
“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs,” he says. “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.” …
“The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, D.C.,” Jindal says.
Not included the quote I used above is where Jindal said “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.” Again, I say there is merit in Jindal’s words.
Can anyone say they honestly believe the GOP needs to make changes to the way it operates? I mean, seriously, after the drubbing we received last November, do we really believe we can stay on the same course we are on and expect to strengthen our numbers in the House and possibly win the Senate in 2014? Do we really believe we can continue the same path and expect to defeat whomever is the Democratic presidential candidate in 2016? If we do, then Bobby Jindal is correct; we are the stupid party.
I have read some of the comments on the Hot Air post I linked to and I can’t help but wonder where some people’s heads are. Some are already discounting Jindal from consideration in the 2016 presidential campaign, when he hasn’t even said he will be running. All of the vitriol, just because he has the nerve to suggest we need to make some changes to our party. From reading some of the comments, you would think he was akin to Attila The Hun.
I’m not talking about changing the conservative principles in which we believe and I do not think that is what Bobby Jindal was saying. He just things we need to change tactics and honestly, can we look at where the Republican Party is and say he is wrong? I think he is closer to the truth than many of us may want to admit.