Bobby Jindal And Mike Huckabee Court The Religious Right In Iowa

bobby-jindal1Every time I think Bobby “Stop Being The Stupid Party” Jindal can’t do anything else that would surprise me, he goes and does something else stupid. Just as a reminder, ever since he delivered the post-2012 autopsy on the Republican Party and implored the GOP to “stop being the stupid party,” he’s done little else other than to ignore his own advice.

Whether it has been appointing a leader of an SPLC-designated hate group to a state law enforcement commission or siding with BP against the citizens of Louisiana, just to name a few examples, Bobby Jindal has done everything he can to endear himself with those whom he counts on for a possible White House run in 2016.

So what did he do this time? Bobby Jindal is seeking the support of religious nut David Lane while out palling around with the former governor of Arkansas and right-wing darling, Mike Huckabee.

“Jindal and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, both of whom are considering seeking the GOP nomination for the presidency in 2016, were the stars of a private Iowa Renewal Project event in Cedar Rapids organized by David Lane, a political activist from California who has been quietly mobilizing Christian conservatives in Iowa for seven years. He organized a similar pastors’ gathering in Des Moines and booked Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, two other possible presidential candidates, as the featured speakers.

Jindal is on a two-day Iowa swing, his third trip to the presidential testing grounds in the last year. He’s among a pack of national Republicans visiting this week to find a possible lane on the racetrack to the White House.” (Source)

It’s important to note that this is not the White Nationalist David Lane who died in prison back in 2007. This David Lane is an ultra-religious conservative that other potential 2016 Republican candidates have been trying to win the endorsement of. David Lane is the head of the American Renewal Project, a far right religious organization that is intent on stuffing their extreme brand of Christianity down our throats. He also blames America’s problems on secularism, complete with a Nazi reference.

“Secularists have successfully removed the transmission agent (The Word of God) for the accumulation of wisdom and knowledge, which created freedom in America. The nation is now basically biblically illiterate. Let’s be clear, the secularists and their priests — i.e., public education, higher learning, Hollywood and Media elite — have a coordinated, deliberate, sustained effort, a blitzkrieg, imposing an intolerant and aggressive false religion on America — Secularism.” (Source)

Simplistic, religious blame of liberals or secular society for the problems America faces today is absurd – but it plays well to the conservative fringes that believe there really isn’t much that can’t be solved with guns and/or the Bible.

This is where the Republican Party finds itself these days, stuck with a radical base that candidates have to pander to in order to win primaries. I can’t read into Bobby Jindal’s heart and his real intentions, but I believe both his conversion to Catholicism and most certainly seeking the approval of David Lane or Pat Robertson, are out of political necessity and not out of his actual beliefs. As we get closer and closer to 2016, we will see more and more cozying up to the far right by potential candidates. People like Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Rand Paul and others very likely don’t believe in the type of radical Christianity that is promoted by David Lane – unlike Michele Bachmann or Mike Huckabee.

The radical right determines the outcome of the early primaries, and that’s where we will see the 2016 candidates hanging out before they desperately try to sprint back towards the center for general election appeal. As I’ve said, this is the Catch-22 the GOP faces as a result of their reliance on religious conservatives. Rand Paul knows this, Mitt Romney knows this, and Bobby Jindal is no different.

Bobby Jindal has been a failure as a governor, he will most certainly be a failure as a candidate, and there is no amount of kissing up to the religious right that will change that.


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