Skip to comments.Jindal Says Republicans Can Only Blame Themselves for Loss
Posted on 02/08/2009 6:59:06 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Saturday that the Republicans only had themselves to blame for losing control of Congress and the White House.
"The country fired us from our congressional majority in 2006. Why? The country didn't stop being conservative. The Republican Party did," Jindal told a gathering of Arkansas Republicans. "We became what we came to Washington to change -- the party of earmarks and government spending. The party needs to stop worrying about what to do to fix itself. Let's worry more about fixing our country. Then the party will fix itself."
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You’re in Michigan’s 7th District ...
He is sounding more and more presidential, but he needs to do a good job in Louisiana first.
“The country didn’t stop being conservative. The Republican Party did”
He’s starting to sound an awful lot like Reagan. I was a Sarah fan...but I think I’m shifting.
Yeah, a traditionally conservative district.
The locals are already whining about democrat rep Shauer already. He promised to bring home lots of pork and it looks like we get very little “stimulating”.
“I know that McCain agreed to limit himself financially,,,,but my question is,,,”
That’s easy...because he figured he could win without the base (i.e., pull in all of those phantom moderates). Without the base...no money. He had to go on welfare.
That, in itself, is an indictment of how far to the 'left' the American electorate has moved.
Thanks. I’m passing it on to relatives in AZ.
It shouldn’t. If you have a candidate at the top of the ticket that’s made a career out of attacking Republicans and what they stand for, it kinda demoralizes the masses.
Put Sarah or Bobby on the top and watch what happens to fund raising.
Bobby Jindal is 100 percent right! I’m more and more impressed with the man with each passing day. He gets it, that’s why! Run, Bobby, Run! Jindal 2012! It’s time that we, the Republicans, have our own historical election — the first Indian-American President of the United States of America. Go Bobby!
Yes he is a native born citizen but he is not a Natural born citizen -both parents need to be citizens at the time of his birth & they were here on Student visas. We can debate w/out name calling.
I am not “spouting ignorance”. I have been watching Jindal for a while & I think he would be great as our President but there is the problem of Natural born citizenship (requirement to be POTUS) It is in the Constitution.
Come on, guys. I am as Conservative as they come (really), but sadly, I have to conclude that we screwed up. The reasons are many and its hard to point at any one thing. But, if forced to, I would say we erred by ceding areas like Education & culture to the Libs, buying into “non-judgementalism” and letting things like the Motor-Voter bill slip thru.
Are there still a lot of conservatives? Sure. However, we’ve had a massive influx of illegals, voter fraud, and a winking at the rule of law (to facilitate the first two). I hate to break it down along racial lines, but the fact is that most conservatives are White & Asian. The number of Whites is declining (our own fault) and the percentage of liberals have gone way up—in part because of the body blows of Iraq and Katrina. As a result, the Conservative center no longer holds. The fact is no matter what the Republicans do (stand fast or get along), the deck is now stacked against them.
My opinion is that the best strategy is to stand fast on Conservative principles and hope for Jimmy Carter II. That is, that Obama screws to pooch so badly, that even the white liberals start to defect. Not a perfect option, but probably the best shot we have. IMHO, the Jimmy Carter II scenario is likely because I can’t see how this country can sustain this insane level of spending. Some kind of massive collapse is inevitable.
Thank you Bobby. That’s exactly what I kept firing at the GOP fundraising callers. They left us, we didn’t leave them and I’ve had the opportunity to reiterate that complaint a couple of weeks ago when I asked one how they had the nerve to call folks on the GOP’s behalf since they lost all that we handed them during the election cycle of ‘06.
One young man was very courteous and we agreed on many points (all major points), turns out he was just as frustrated as I am! We have folks of like mind making those calls, make a strong point but be courteous.
I’m a conservative, not a Republican. Monetarily I only support individual candidates that have a PROVEN track record. I tell them I’m not listening to what they SAY they’re going to do, I’m WATCHING what they do.
Some Republican voters in the Northeast and FL did their part. The "Republican Party" can't "hoist"---voters elected McCain...and it was done before most of us got to vote. People in NH had more say than we had in Texas! Where is the logic in that?
The red state primaries should vote before the blue states or it could happen again.
The GOP presidential candidate was chosen primarily by states that went Democrat in the general election....makes zero sense and we got a zero POTUS!
Unfortunately (or fortunately, as the case may be), from 1790 forward, you won't find a single legislative act or court decision that agrees with your interpretation that "native-born" is distinct from "natural-born".
We've no accounting for how much of Obama's money came from overseas. There is every reason to believe that much of his money came from non-constituents.
McCain, on the other hand, limited himself by accepting public financing -- as his contribution to the hare-brained scheme of "reducing the influence of money in politics".
Accordingly, while a 4:1 ratio in spending prevailed, we just don't know whether contributions would have been in the same ratio -- if McCain had been able to accept unlimited dollars and Obama had been restricted to American sources only.
If youre talking about Kratovil, I know how you feel...
Hopefully, those coat tails that were there last year won’t be there in two years.
Wiser words I have not heard come from any politician in recent memory.
I agree, he’s right. The same thing happened in Colorado as Republicans acted like Democrats in spending too much and failing to keep taxes low.
‘Hes starting to sound an awful lot like Reagan. I was a Sarah fan...but I think Im shifting.’
I still like Sarah, she’s against Porkulus,Jindal has his hand out.
Millions of dollars from outside the US flooded into Bambi’s campaign. Its one of the “lost” unwritten stories about the election.
They couldn’t raise that kind of money because they played it straight. They had no clue how to circumvent the rules, ie: debit cards with unidentified donors, unidentified money from foreign countries etc etc.The Dims dared anyone to try expose what they did and they got away with it.
When you've that, you've said it all!
I agree Jindal can think on his feet.
A lot of that could have have been overcome if the Party had practiced conservative principles when it was in charge, and if it and its candidate had hit hard on stopping the march to socialism. Sadly, the Party had no credibility when it came to preaching conservative principles. And there couldn’t have been a much worse candidate than McCain. It was 1996 and Bob Dole all over again.
The electorate wasn’t given a choice between liberal and conservative in the last election. The choice was between very liberal and not quite so liberal.
I wonder if Jindal would have been thrown under the bus by McCain's handlers like Palin was, and if he would have just kept quiet about it and take it?
So where is the MSM's investigative reporting on this one?
Where is "60 Minutes"? Where is "Prime Time"? etc...
No need to respond.
“The country fired us from our congressional majority in 2006. Why? The country didn’t stop being conservative. The Republican Party did,”
There are those on this very forum that would disagree with him. Not me of course, I’ve been trumpeting that news for years now.
No, I suspect he’s talking about Tim Walberg and RINO Joe Schwarz.
certainly......my wife suggested that I hang the McCainiac portion below Palin...but that was just more than I could take.... I loathe McCain.
He’s 100% right. I haven’t read the comments yet but I’m curious if the Party over Principle crowd will be on this thread. Or maybe their heads just exploded.
That is what I keep asking, when will the Republicans step forward and say this is what we screwed up and this is how will will fix it. What about the credit default BS, slipped into a bill in the middle of the night. etc, etc, etc,
He knew he couldn’t get more based on his financials.
He was a turd and couldn’t raise funds.
“I hope the Republican country club elitists types choke on it.....”
I doubt it effects their caviar intake. I just hope it’s contaminated Chinese or Russian caviar with a little Po-210.
Matriculation and “breeding” doesn’t trump common sense and ethics if the playing field is level...and we have to make it as level as possible.
To make the playing field level we have to forget conservation and destroy a species. Rino extinction should be our goal.
No, it’s indictment on how lousy McCain was (is).
The man says he is not and will not run for president, his parents were not citizens when he was born here. And his mother is not a citizen today, the last I read she lives in Saudi.
Its a bigger story than the Clinton kickbacks from Red China. You saw how well the MSM covered that, eh ?
If I am remembering right Knollenberg had the nerve to say the bailout money was not our money, or something like that.
Minority candidates can make a lot of money off of arbitrating disputes and divisions within the minority. You can make quite a comfortable political living off of it. It is not leadership, but it's not a bad life.
Whether your objection is based on a candidate being pro-choice, anti-second amendment, bad record on health care, an unfaithful spouse or too this or not enough of that the end result is the same. Bob Dole or John McCain.
Somehow we manage to shoot ourselves in the foot every time. Our problem is that we have no comparative, just superlative. One guy is pro-life and pro 2nd amendment and is a good speaker, but oh no, he voted to raise taxes one time. Another guy has never voted to raise taxes, been a lifetime member of the NRA, but oh no, he's not outspoken enough on the abortion issue. We go down the list finding something about every one that we don't like. Everybody ends up finding someone they like, but there aren't enough of them who like any one of the candidates so we end up with the one who is disliked least by the most. That's bass-ackwards, we need to go with the one who has the most to like.
And we can't learn from experience. Who is the one person who has brought us the most success in the last 40 years, other than Ronald Reagan? Newt Gingrich. Say what you want about his morals, he and he alone was responsible, with a large helping of Rush Limbaugh, led the Republican revolution. The Contract with America was his, as was the idea of buying a full page ad in Reader's Digest, and having all the Republicans gather on the steps of the Capital to kick off the election season. He's the one who took on Jim Wright. The list goes on and on.
Of course he became the lightning rod for the MSM/Left/Liberals. Just like Bill Clinton became the lightning rod for conservatives. But look at the difference between how we handled the Left going after Newt with how they handled us going after Bill Clinton. Newt suddenly found himself with precious few friends in Washington. Clinton, on the very day he was impeached, found himself on the South Lawn of the White House surrounded by the entire Democratic leadership.
Look at where we are today and tell me that we wouldn't have been better off sticking with Newt, or going with Rudy, etc.
You can see it right here in FR. Say something nice about anyone except Ronald Reagan and you find yourself being flamed in several posts.
I don’t recall who said it but this sums it up for me:
I can vote vote for an imperfect Conservative, I can’t vote for a near perfect Liberal.
I’ll take some imperfections but people like McCain have far too many imperfections to pass the smell test for me.
Sandford, Palin, Jindal and I’m tickled pink.
Rudy, Mitt, Huckabee and I’ll do a write-in again.
I won’t pick between two flavors of Liberalism, ever.
I would rather feel the urge to vote FOR someone than merely vote against someone.
IMHO, we would have been better off to elect John McCain. I can't help but feel he would be better in the office than Obama.
You are wrong on that. He was born in Louisiana.