Ladies & Gentlemen! We have a new contender for “best headline of 2013.” This entry comes from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal: Jindal Urges GOP to Stop Being “Stupid.”
“We must compete for every single vote: the 47 percent and the 53 percent and any other combination of numbers that adds up to 100 percent,” he said, notably invoking comments 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney made at a closed door fundraiser about a bloc of voters who would not consider GOP candidates.
Republicans “must reject the notion that demography is destiny, the pathetic and simplistic notion that skin pigmentation dictates voter behavior. We must treat all people as individuals rather than as members of special interest groups,” he said.
It's a great headline to a bit of a fawning article overall that includes laugh-out-loud lines like this:
The Louisianan’s remarks further positioned himself as a forward-looking voice among the Republicans thought to have their eye on a White House bid in 2016.
Really? I guess that works if you define “forward-looking” as pushing a plan to kick old people & the poor out of hospice care – and then changing the plan after it got too much criticism. And also if you define “forward-looking” as proposing to eliminate corporate and individual state income taxes and further burden the poor & middle class by raising what is already the nation's 3rd highest highest sales tax rate. That's a move the Tax Policy Center reports “would dramatically shift more of the burden of Louisiana’s taxes onto lower-income individuals.”
But hey, at least Jindal's not suggesting jailing raped women who have abortions because they “tampered with evidence” in a criminal trial (PDF link to the
Arizona New Mexico bill).
That's really stupid.