Bobby Jindal Claims that the Justice Department is Racist – For Not Letting Him Have His Way

bobby-jindalOh Bobby Jindal, I just can’t quit you. Actually, it’s more like we in the “liberal mainstream media” can’t quit you. I mean after all, you stated that you wanted to end “dumbed down conservatism” when you spoke to Politico after the 2012 election in which Obama pretty much pulled up Romney’s magic underwear and gave him a wedgie as America laughed. Here’s the full quote, just in case you don’t remember it:

“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal said. “It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.” (Source)

And you know what? For a brief moment, a few of us in the media suspended disbelief and thought that just maybe you would somehow move the party back ever so slightly to the center. Maybe you’d finally get the country club Republicans to say enough and kick the snake handling preachers, the fundamentalists and the conspiracy nuts off your golf course – even if it meant they would go vote for someone like Virgil Goode or David Duke. In the autopsy report for the 2012 election, it was quite obvious to you and just about everyone else that pandering to those very people was what killed any chance Romney would ever have at sitting behind the desk at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In that moment of suspended disbelief, the possibility crossed my mind that your party would even be willing to lose a couple of election cycles in order to get your political house in order, even if it meant doing the political version of fumigating the entire place to get rid of the cockroaches.

A sensible Republican governor from a Southern state, the son of Indian immigrants. You could’ve been a 2016 contender, Bobby. You could have shown everyone that the Republican Party had ideas that didn’t just work for rich white men, but also for everyone – including minorities like yourself. Instead of taking your own advice, you chose to go straight back to the “derp.”

Remember when you said that President Obama could “learn from Louisiana“? I thought that was hilarious – even more so when I found out you intended that as a serious statement. Or how about that time you appointed Tony Perkins, who is the head of a documented hate group, to the Louisiana Law Enforcement Commission? At first I thought this had to be a joke, but upon further investigation I just shook my head and said “that’s my governor.” Then just the other day I found out you decided to hire an out-of-state firm at the cost of $4 million dollars to find ways to save money in the state budget. That one had me in stitches, seriously.

I don’t know if you intended this latest statement as humorous but it was just icing on the cake for writers like me. Now for those of you who are reading and aren’t from here, Louisiana is still quite segregated. So much so that in some parts of Louisiana, there are still “white churches” and “black churches,” often right down the street from each other. Bobby Jindal has been trying to ram a school voucher system through (really just a ploy to move taxpayer dollars to private religious schools) and he’s been repeatedly blocked by the Justice Department due to the fact that many of Louisiana’s school districts are still under desegregation orders after all these years. That’s why the following statement, in his own words and from his own website, is so ridiculous that I had to make sure I hadn’t fallen asleep and woken up in Michele Bachmann’s diary:

“The Department of Justice proposal reeks of federal government intrusion and proves the people in Washington running our federal government are more interested in skin color than they are in education.” (Source)

That’s right, Bobby Jindal claims that the Justice Department is being racist for not letting him push a voucher system that will essentially create two separate school systems – in other words, segregation. Seriously though Bobby, you’re a gold mine for political writers like myself. If it wasn’t for the fact that your incompetence (even though you are very well-educated) at running a state was affecting the 4.6 million people who are unfortunate enough to have you as their governor, the dumb things you keep on doing would be hilarious. I really do hope you run for president – Hillary will eat you alive.


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  • Richard Lawrence Adlof

    1. There is no Bobby; there is only Piyush.

    2. Whatever Jindal calls himself, he is lying about a lot more.

    • Jen L

      Sigh. I’m guessing that the irony of your statement combined with your icon is lost on you.

      He’s been Bobby for a long time. He was Bobby in high school. It is common in Louisiana for people to go by a nickname that isn’t their name– in fact so common that it is one of the few states that allows nicknames on ballots. He gets to call himself what he wants and you don’t have the power to force a more ethnic name on him. It’s not lying for him to use a nickname.

      There are plenty of legitimate things to attack Jindal for. Attacking him for using a “white” name instead of an ethnic name is pretty much the antithesis of social justice. Social justice means that he gets to decide what’s best for him, including deciding what people should call him.

  • Yep, just more dumbed-down conservatism.

  • BigTBone

    My question in a post about the bridge scandal yesterday was this: Is there a single repub governor right now who isn’t a flaming shitpile?

    Talk about the stupid party’s race to the bottom…

  • strayaway

    Where is the evidence that Jindal’s proposal will produce segregation? In Milwaukee, black parents who utilize the voucher system to send their kids to Catholic and other private schools do so because they think it is to their child’s advantage. Doesn’t the President send his girls to the Sidwell Friends School with a $34,000/each annual tuition? He wants them to have the best possible education. He is a good father. He went to an upscale private academy himself. Why should the “Justice” Department be preventing other black children from similar upgrades? Unless it is proven, and it wasn’t in this article, that this plan leads to segregation, maybe Holder is a racist trying to keep black people down. Isn’t there a phrase something like “good for me but not for thee”?

    • Jacques Miller

      There are not enough private school seats available for all of the voucher students at the “A & B rated schools” and the Diploma mills that are opening up in the back rooms of churches to accept voucher students are getting grades of “D & F”.

      • strayaway

        If that is the case in Louisiana, then I agree with your criticism. There are probably good and bad ways of setting up voucher systems. My understanding of Milwaukee’s voucher system is that all parents are allowed to opt for the school of their choice. It that school offers 30 voucher openings and 300 parents apply, a lottery chooses the students for fairness. I believe all schools must also meet State standards to prevent diploma mills.

        A couple of other voucher situations I am a bit aware of. In Sudbury, Ontario, parents have vouchers for four options. Public French public, French Catholic, English public or English Catholic schools. Belgium has good scores and allows parents to choose schools for their children, Schools do what it takes to earn a good reputation. That works for parents. But if Louisiana has a diploma mill system, as you suggest, it shouldn’t be allowed.

      • Michael L. Hoenig

        But it’s OK to give TAXPAYER money to RELIGIOUS institutions against those taxpayers’ will?

      • strayaway

        Vouchers could be set up anyway. If seven subjects are taught to Johnny and one was religion, pay for only 6/7 of the cost. If that’s not good enough for parents, they shouldn’t apply for vouchers from Catholic schools.

  • Billbow

    Jindal is Denesh D’Souza’s older brother. They suffer from post- British occupation derangement syndrome. The Brits made them hate themselves.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Alternate title, after years of decrying people pulling the race card, repub gov plays the race card.

  • Ron Webb

    Go back to your 7-11 Bobby and take the Cuban communist with you…….

  • pcbdznr

    Louisiana is also the place where, as a young man, I went into a dive bar that had a sign ‘members only’. I walked in and asked the good ole boy how much it cost to be a member. He told me to hold out my hand. When I did so, he said, Turn it over. Then he said, If that side color matches the other side, you’re a member!