Bobby Jindal

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Da Winnas & Da Loozas: A 2015 Louisiana campaign recap

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.
  • Jefferson Sheriff Parish Newell Normand, left, and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond were two of "da winnas" in Louisiana's recent elections.

A friend of mine told me this anecdote about six weeks before the Oct. 24 primary: Months ago, when U.S. Sen. David Vitter was still pretending to care what people thought of him, he asked former Gov. Mike Foster to identify his (Vitter’s) biggest weakness as a candidate for governor. Foster responded, “David, people just don’t like you.”

Leave it to Paw-Paw to tell it like it is.

Several months and millions of dollars later, Louisiana voters gave Vitter the same answer.

As a result, the guy who seemed inevitable last May proved to be unelectable in November — so much so that he announced his political retirement during his concession speech. Vitter lost in a landslide to state Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat from Amite, who decided to run in 2013 while on a fishing trip with his legislative seatmate and close friend, state Rep. Sam Jones, a Democrat from Franklin, which, coincidentally, is also Mike Foster’s hometown.

The end of the David Vitter Era coincided with the end of the Bobby Jindal Era. How ironic that Louisiana’s two leading Republicans, who cannot stand one another, both bowed out within days of each other.

Which brings us to our recap of the political carnage in the wake of Louisiana’s statewide elections, known for more than 30 years as Da Winnas and Da Loozas. For the uninitiated, I focus not on the names that appeared on the ballot but rather on the players and forces that shaped the campaign and its aftermath. For them, the election results mean four years of either exhilaration or exile. Let’s get on with it, starting with …

DA WINNAS

1. Teacher Unions — After eight years in exile, teacher unions (and all unions) finally have a governor again. Edwards made it clear shortly after his victory that he won’t dismantle charter schools or vouchers, but he will help public employee unions survive the existential threat posed by so-called “paycheck protection” legislation, which would outlaw union dues check-offs. He also will put real money back into public education.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Y@ Speak: unpopular

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 3:06 PM

Bobby Jindal, Rob Ryan and David Vitter pack up their book bags, sling them over their shoulders and scan the cafeteria for somewhere, anywhere, anyone. Also this week: Refugee hysteria, Allen Toussaint, election night and po-boys.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

WATCH: Aziz Ansari gets one last chance to do Gov. Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 2:23 PM

Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.
  • Aziz Ansari as Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Other than Gov. Bobby Jindal and his family, probably no one was as sorry to see him drop out of the presidential race as was comedian Aziz Ansari (Master of None), who wished Jindal would be around long enough for the comedian to impersonate the governor:

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The national press performs its autopsy on Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 5:35 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal. - ALEX WOODWARD
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Bobby, we barely knew ye ... but you've got a friend at the National Review, who thought you were the best candidate in the field ...

‘A CAREENING PANDER-FEST’
The Washington Post’s Chris Cilizza comes to praise Jindal, saying that when he first spoke with gubernatorial candidate Jindal 12 years ago, “he was one of the most impressive candidates for any office that I had ever met.” Cilizza also calls him “a guy with real policy chops and, unlike many policy-oriented elected officials, a nuanced understanding of politics” — and then Cilizza buries him: “The presidential campaign Jindal actually ran, which ended Tuesday, was the opposite of the one I — and lots and lots of other political types — thought he would: It was a careening pander-fest in which Jindal chased news cycles relentlessly by seemingly trying to make the most outlandish and over-the-top statement possible to stand out.” ...

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Twitter reacts to Jindal dropping out of the race

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 6:25 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal has suspended his run for president. Twitter was there. Here's what it had to say as the news dropped.

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Gov. Bobby Jindal suspends presidential campaign

Posted By on Tue, Nov 17, 2015 at 5:36 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon on Fox News, announcing he would be suspending his five-month-old presidential campaign.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal this afternoon on Fox News, announcing he would be suspending his five-month-old presidential campaign.


With little notice, Gov. Bobby Jindal appeared on Fox News' Special Report With Bret Baier this afternoon to announce he was abandoning his bid for the presidency.

"I've come to the realization that this is not my time," he said.

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Monday, November 16, 2015

Y@ Speak: everyone doing OK?

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM

New Orleans and music fans mourn the loss of the genius Allen Toussaint. Saints fans implode. A truck knocked over a man inside a port-o-let. Are y'all OK? It's been a week — let's get to it.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Watch: Aziz Ansari as Bobby Jindal on The Tonight Show

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 9:45 AM

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Actor and comedian Aziz Ansari joked about wanting to play Gov. Bobby Jindal on Saturday Night Live last month: "Wish there was an Indian candidate I could play, but I'm polling higher than that ding dong." Ansari stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night to debut his impression.

Ansari (appearing on the show to promote his new Netflix series Master of None) stepped into character for a brief interview during the monologue. He puckered his face with a forced smile and slightly dead eyes then streeeetched out those vowels to nail Jindal's cadence, particularly as he explains why photosynthesis isn't real. ("I'm the only candidate that doesn't believe in any science, period.")

"I'm used to appearing on C-SPAN at like 2 a.m. right before they start airing those NutriBullet infomercials, so this is crazy."

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Y@ Speak: All Saints, All Day

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 1:00 PM


This Y@ Speak is full of ghouls 'n' goblins, from Voodoo Fest's Halloween mud monsters to presidential debates and a spooky tale of a team that scores more than 40 points... and loses. Also: The New Orleans Pelicans are off to a rough start, despite the power of candy corn.

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Carville blasts Vitter ad, ties him to Jindal via LABI

Posted By on Sun, Nov 1, 2015 at 7:47 PM

click image Democratic political consultant James Carville. - CREATIVE COMMONS/CHRIS GAMPAT
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  • Democratic political consultant James Carville.

Democratic political consultant James Carville has issued a statement condemning Sen. David Vitter's controversial TV ad that blasts Rep. John Bel Edwards for supporting bipartisan incarceration reforms as "racially charged, vicious, dishonest" and contradictory to Vitter's own statements about prison reform.

Carville also foresees a coming endorsement for Vitter from the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), which he described as "one of the most pro-Jindal organization in the state and the group most committed to continuing Bobby Jindal’s policies."

In his statement, a copy of which was sent to Gambit by Carville, the veteran consultant and New Orleans resident says he hopes that if LABI chooses to endorse Vitter that the group will "accompany its endorsement with a statement expressing discomfort with Sen. Vitter’s universally condemned ad, and a statement that LABI has received assurances that Sen. Vitter’s future ads will be ideological and not racial in content and tone.”

Here is the full text of Carville's statement:

“I have watched with growing alarm and dismay as Senator David Vitter has stooped to new lows in his desperate attempts to discredit the exemplary military and public service record of Rep. John Bel Edwards. I can no longer just watch. As a lifelong Louisianan, I must speak out.

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