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  • Bobby Jindal Doesn't Have to Pretend to Agree with Romney Anymore

    One of the sad things about losing a presidential election is that — after months of everybody in your party happily accepting your judgment as though it were the very word of God — suddenly, all those people get to say whatever they like.

    So, if you're Mitt Romney and you're going to dust off your old 47 percent opinions to save face with donors, you're going to have to deal with future presidential hopefuls like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who will relish the opportunity to disagree

    "No, I think that's absolutely wrong… I don't think that represents where we are as a party and where we're going as a party," [Jindal] said. "That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election: If we're going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly: One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions."

    And thus the 2016 Republican primary has begun. Any and all similar comments from other young Republican politicians will be considered an official entry form.

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    Tags: 2016, Bobby Jindal, Mitt Romney, Republicans
  • Bobby Jindal Suggests Overhaul of GOP

    Here's an interesting idea: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is suggesting that the Republican Party purge itself of its politicians, fire its strategists and advisors, disenfranchise the entirety of its voter base, burn the crops and salt the earth, and then replace itself with a completely new set of politicians, staffers and voters.

    Or, at least, I think that's what he's saying

    "We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything," Jindal told Politico in a 45-minute telephone interview. "We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys."…

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    Tags: Bobby Jindal, Republicans
  • Bobby Jindal Would Like Some Government Money

    Bobby JindalYesterday, my colleague and sometime swing dance partner Ilya Gerner reported on Bobby Jindal's bad luck with the weather. But apparently Bobby isn't satisfied with his karmic reward yet…

    On Monday, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) sent a letter to Obama saying the federal government was not doing enough to help the state cover the expenses it's taking on in preparation for the storm.

    Actually, that sounds pretty reasonable. Any sane person would agree that part of the government's job is to use its resources to address potentially dangerous weather activity, right?

    Let's take one more look at what 2009 Bobby Jindal said about a $140 million allocation of government funds spent on monitoring volcanoes

    "Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.," Jindal said.

    Oh, right! Louisiana doesn't have volcanoes, just hurricanes. How much money did you want again?

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    Tags: Bobby Jindal, Weather
  • God Enjoys Mocking Bobby Jindal with Natural Disasters

    Consider the following timeline:

    February 2009: "Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, D.C.," said Bobby Jindal, while deriding as "wasteful spending the "$140 million" [allocated]  for something called 'volcano monitoring.'"

    March 2009: Alaska's Mount Redoubt, 100 miles southwest of Anchorage, erupts. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, Redoubt, was "very high on our list" of volcanoes that needed increased scrutiny.

    Today: Tropical Storm Isaac forces Jindal, who was set to deliver a major convention speech on Wednesday, to cancel his plans and remain in Louisiana, as God continues to teach Jindal a lesson about the importance of taxpayer funded early warning systems.

    Presumably, Jindal relied on his own private intuition, not the National Hurricane Center, to figure out that he was needed at home. Government  monitoring agencies: he didn't build those. He just wanted to defund them.

    Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Bobby Jindal, Natural Disasters, Republican National Convention, Weather
  • Are You Smarter Than a Bible School-Educated Louisianan?

    Thanks to legislation signed by Louisiana governor and potential Mitt Romney running mate Bobby Jindal,  beginning this fall, thousands Louisiana schoolkids will receive taxpayer funded vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at private religious schools, some of which are reputed to be excellent alternatives to the state's under-performing public schools and some of which are fly by night operations relying on the hilarious-in-a-cry-yourself-to-sleep-kind-of-way curriculum contained in textbooks published by A Beka Book and Bob Jones University Press.

    Mother Jones did yeoman's work of highlighting the wackiest facts these textbooks teach, which leads us to this quiz: Are You Smarter Than a Bible School-Educated Louisianan?

    1. Which of the following is a true statement about the Trail of Tears?
    a) It was a God-ordained event that brought Native Americans closer to Jesus Christ
    b) It was a Department of Agriculture program designed to increase cotton production
    c) All of the above
    d) None of the above

    2. Paleontologists have have found large chambers in certain dinosaur skulls. These chambers likely allowed the creatures to do what…?
    a) Encase a larger brain
    b) Maintain balance while walking
    c) Shoot fire from their mouths or nostrils, like dragons
    d) Store food near their energy-hungry brains

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    Tags: 30 Rock, Bobby Jindal, Christianity, Education, Evolution, Louisiana, Science & Technology