With all this dysfunction, Republican governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore.
Up until now, we have just lived with the brand that Washington gave us. Republican governors don’t just talk about conservative ideas, we put them into action. The answers aren’t coming from Washington. Republican governors are driving the American comeback.
We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's "bedwetting," "big-boy pants" op-ed in today's Politico had lots of advice and proscriptions for the national GOP, and certainly got Jindal renewed national attention (though it surely left some amused at Jindal's choice of incontinent metaphor). In the middle of it, Jindal took a sardonic swipe at "the smart guys in Washington," and now one of the D.C. smart guys in the press corps, Ezra Klein of The Washington Post's Wonkblog — is taking a swipe back at the governor:
That’s how the GOP becomes the stupid party: Republican Party elites like Jindal convince Republican Party activists of things that aren’t true.
(That's from a piece titled "Bobby Jindal is the Republican Party's Problem," which is, I suppose, the sort of thing you'd expect a "smart guy in Washington" to write.)
In Paw-Paw's day, "elite" used to mean "the best" (or the self-selected "best") — but today "elite" is a fighting word. Just six months ago, Jindal was sniping at the "liberal elite and their media water carriers":
Clearly this is a grave insult, and we've got a call in to Jindal's office to see if there will be a reply to this elite glove in the face. If there's one thing politicians of all stripes can agree upon, it's that "elite" is a dirty, filthy word when you're talkin' 'bout a coupla jest-plain-fellas and good ole boys like Jindal and Klein. Certainly Klein's use of it here seems deliberately designed to provoke a reaction.EDITED TO ADD: And now Alec MacGillis of The New Republic -- another Washington elite -- puts in his two cents on Jindal's latest Politico op-ed.
Words Gov. Bobby Jindal uses to describe fellow Republicans in today's Politico column: navel gazing, bedwetting, needs to go to counseling.
What Jindal says fellow Republicans should do: "go kick the other guys around" and "hold fast, get smarter, get disciplined, get on offense, and put on your big boy pants."
Jindal's latest tongue-lashing at his GOP peers reminds them to hold on to their conservative values instead of broadcasting their "embarassing ... public professions of feelings of inadequacy."
"Every day it seems another jilted high-placed Republican in Washington is confessing to the voters; 'It’s not you, it’s me…'," he writes. Jindal tells Republicans to focus their attention on "painting a picture for the American public, particularly for young people, of what a free and prosperous American future will look like with smart conservative policies."
He then lists 30 reasons why Americans will "revolt" against the "nanny state" — because the "left" wants the "government to explode," doesn't care about babies, thinks rich people are evil and that people of faith are stupid.
No word on what the strategy for kicking the other guys around includes, however.
God's speed, Rodrigue
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