Gov. Bobby Jindal, who had traveled the country stumping for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, was quick to distance himself when Romney pancaked on Election Day.
The Daily Mail, a conservative-leaning British tabloid, today published an article in which anonymous Romney advisors are now firing back against "the 'craven hypocrites' in the Republican party who just days before the election were clamouring for jobs in a Romney administration and are now belittling him."
More below the cut, including a quote from a Romney advisor who said, "Bobby Jindal wanted very, very much to be Vice President."
In his WWL-TV commentary last night, Gambit political editor Clancy DuBos said that if Gov. Bobby Jindal is really interested in national office, it might behoove him to put Louisiana first.
Over time, it offered refuge to not only abandoned babies but also to individuals afflicted with terminal illnesses. That it was originally named the New Orleans Home for the Incurables was no accident, even if the sound of it today causes health professionals to cringe.
The home initially had an all-female board — 29 years before women secured the right to vote — and their leadership defined the New Orleans Home for the Incurables as a private, nonprofit, nondenominational facility of last resort. It remained that until 1978, when the state of Louisiana bought the home.
The state quickly dropped the “incurables” label and renamed it the New Orleans Home and Rehabilitation Center. The institution’s honeymoon with the state didn’t last long. Practically every governor since has tried to sell off or transfer the home. The task of pushing back fell upon former Sen. John Hainkel, in whose district the home sits. Thanks to Hainkel’s longevity in the Legislature, he kept the center open during his lifetime and protected it from deep budget cuts.
When Hainkel died in 2005, state lawmakers renamed the facility the John J. Hainkel Jr. Home and Rehab Center, known more commonly around the city as Hainkel Home. At the same time, Bobby Jindal, then a congressman from Jefferson Parish, also convinced Congress to rename the Hammond post office in Hainkel's honor.
Today, the Hainkel Home is one of the few remaining options for Medicaid and Veterans Administration patients in the New Orleans area — but it has no champion with Hainkel’s legendary clout. Jindal, now in his second term as Louisiana’s governor, wants to shutter the facility.
That was Gov. Bobby Jindal speaking to Politico’s Jonathan Martin last week about the future of the Republican Party after the Nov. 6 elections. If you want to see just how much the elections shook up the GOP, look no farther than Jindal’s attempt to disassociate himself from some of his party’s platforms — many of which he once heartily embraced.
Less than a week after the elections, Jindal tried to grab the national spotlight with a political high-wire act: promoting himself as both a traditional conservative and a forward-thinking guy. The interview got him lots of positive attention — and he doubled down on it at a meeting of the Republican Governors Association, twitting Mitt Romney for rationalizing his loss in the presidential election.
We are at a loss to understand why, but then again, we know the truth about Jindal. Because so few in the media bother to question Jindal’s self-serving pablum, we’ll make it easy for them to compare Bobby Jindal 2.0 to Bobby Jindal’s record.
The GOP is still reckoning the reasons for its losses on Election Day one week ago, and two general but contradictory schools of thought have emerged among the chattering classes:
1. Mitt Romney (and the downticket candidates) were too hardline on social issues, scaring off moderate potential swing voters.
2. Mitt Romney spent too much time trying to "appease" moderates rather than satisfy the already-energized tea party wing of the GOP.
Jindal, a skilled political sailor who can tack into the slightest change in the current wind, provided Politico with a series of remarkable quotes, characterized by Martin thusly:
Jindal urged Republicans to both reject anti-intellectualism and embrace a populist-tinged reform approach that he said would mitigate what exit polls show was one of President Barack Obama’s most effective lines of attack against Mitt Romney.
(Meanwhile, Slate calls it "Bobby Jindal's Plan To Reposition The GOP On Economics Without Changing Any Of Their Economic Policies.")
Oh, and the new head of the Republican Governors' Association still "has the best job in the world." But what's he saying about a 2016 Presidential run?
Quotes under the jump ...
The Republican Governors Association is a great means for a governor to build a national fundraising apparatus in advance of a presidential campaign. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry both headed up the organization in advance of their 2012 presidential campaigns, while former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty served as vice chairman of the RGA.
Under the jump: Jindal gets spanked by the Des Moines Register editorial board for injecting himself into Iowa politics last week, while The Hayride makes the case that helping to defeat President Barack Obama is the best thing Jindal could do for the state.
State Rep. Jerome "Dee" Richard, I-Thibodaux, tells Gambit that he plans to submit a formal petition, some time in the next few days, calling for a special legislative session on hundreds of millions in budget cuts recently proposed or enacted by Gov. Bobby Jindal. In a phone interview this morning, Richard said the petition could go out tomorrow, though early next week is more likely.
“It’s probably going to go out on Monday," Richard said.
Last week, Richard sent an email to constituents and fellow legislators calling for the session. Read more at Louisiana Voice.
"Since our adjournment in June, there has been almost a billion dollars in reductions to the state budget without any input from the Legislature. And thanks to some media outlets we are now learning of still more cuts to healthcare without any input from the Legislature," the email reads. "I believe it is time for us, as Legislators, to aggressively reinsert ourselves into the budget process by using the Constitutional rights given to us. We should not have to relinquish our legislative duties to the administration once we pass the budget at the end of regular session in times like this."
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