Living in Louisiana has some perks. Not freezing to death in the winter like my friend Erin Nanasi is doing right now, or having to shovel snow, or slipping and sliding on icy roadways. Right about now, at least a couple of restaurants nearby are firing up their boiling pots for a busy Sunday of people who can’t wait to eat some tasty, spicy crawfish. There’s also no shortage of fresh boudin and other foods you’re unlikely to find elsewhere in the country, which makes this a paradise for food lovers like me.
While the warm(er) weather and the good food are a nice part of living here, the downside is that Louisiana is very poor and very, very conservative. The other downside is having Bobby Jindal as my governor, and he’s made his way in state politics by pandering to the very dumbest of the dumb in conservative circles.
Remember back when the Republican Party gathered after Mitt Romney got his ass handed to him in the 2012 election? Bobby Jindal stood before a congregation of Republicans who were still unable to believe that Karl Rove was wrong and proclaimed, “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)
That was then, and this is now:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, will give a speech Monday in London and reiterate the disputed claim that Muslim immigrants have created “no-go zones” in Europe where non-Muslims are not welcome.
An advance text of Jindal’s speech, circulated by his office, warns that Islamic radicals are fomenting anti-Western sentiment in “no-go zones” where they rule themselves by Islamic religious law, not the laws of their host nations. (Source)
Ooooo, scary Muslims are taking over everything in Baton Rouge and closing down the drive-thru daiquiri bars in Lafayette. Our boudin and our freedoms are under attack! They’ll pry my cracklings from my cold, greasy hands!
Oh wait, that’s London, not Louisiana. What the hell is Bobby Jindal doing giving speeches in London on claims that have been retracted by Steven Emerson after being mocked with the hashtag #FoxNewsFacts, and even Fox News issued a very rare retraction and apology? Isn’t he supposed to be home finding ways to balance the budget which is about to implode due to falling oil prices and massive layoffs in the oil industry? Bobby Jindal claims that he’s over there to promote economic development, but honestly, who wants to move to or invest in a state with awful infrastructure (try getting from Lafayette to Baton Rouge when there’s been an accident on I-10), unhealthy residents, and an education system that ranks near the bottom of the pile?
So what’s this really about? If you said “because Bobby Jindal cares about Louisiana and wants to turn this state into an economic powerhouse by diversifying the economy and making it less dependent on the fluctuations in oil prices” – sorry, I couldn’t type that with a straight face. However, if you said “because Bobby Jindal wants to be President Jindal and he’ll say and do anything to make that happen even though he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell” – you’d be right.
Jindal says he is going in his official capacity as governor to try and attract business to Louisiana, but the trip will also be beneficial if he decides to run for president. One of the knocks on governors who seek the Oval Office is that they don’t have any foreign policy experience. Jindal (and a few other governors running for office) may be trying to boost their overseas credentials with trade missions such as this one. (Source)
Bobby Jindal doesn’t have a chance of being the Republican nominee and even if he did, he’d still lose to Hillary Clinton – in his own state, no less. Does he actually believe that there are “no-go zones” set up by Muslims in Europe despite the fact that the claim was retracted? I doubt it. He did attend Oxford after all, and he’s certainly no idiot. However, the people he’s pinning his GOP primary support hopes on are. They’re paranoid enough to believe that sharia law is being implemented in the United States, even though they’re more than happy to shove their own religious laws down our throats. Many of them believe President Obama was responsible for the poor response to Katrina in 2005, which was more than 3 years before he was elected.
Bobby Jindal is hoping for the support of the dumbest of the dumb in the Party of Stupid, and that still won’t get him elected. At this point, I’m convinced that even Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty would get more support in the primaries than Jindal – that’s how low Jindal has sunk.
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