Bobby Jindal

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
  • 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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Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Louisiana governor runoff: no holds barred between John Bel Edwards and David Vitter

Posted By on Sun, Oct 25, 2015 at 11:44 PM

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat (left) will face off Nov. 21 against U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the Louisiana gubernatorial election.
  • State Rep. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat (left) will face off Nov. 21 against U.S. Sen. David Vitter in the Louisiana gubernatorial election.

Louisiana’s statewide primary election on Oct. 24 provided lots of fireworks and a few surprises. In the governor’s race, state Rep. John Bel Edwards garnered an impressive 40 percent of the vote while erstwhile frontrunner David Vitter sputtered into second place with a mere 23 percent. Given the events and revelations of the primary’s final 10 days, if the election were this coming Saturday instead of this past Saturday, Vitter might have finished out of the money entirely. Timing is everything.

Here are the unofficial returns, according to the Secretary of State’s office:

John Bel Edwards, 40 percent
David Vitter, 23 percent
Scott Angelle, 19 percent
Jay Dardenne, 15 percent
All others, 3 percent

Before I dissect Saturday’s returns, I want to say that the gubernatorial runoff is anything but a foregone conclusion. Edwards’s strong finish gives him needed momentum going into the four-week runoff (the general election is Nov. 21), but anyone who underestimates David Vitter is a fool. Louisiana’s senior senator may be the most disliked politician in the state, but he’s also the most capable when it comes to waging electoral combat. And while Edwards clearly has momentum on his side, history in on Vitter’s side. Louisiana hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2008.

That could change by Nov. 21. Indeed, the Edwards-Vitter runoff will be the ultimate test of the notion that a Dem cannot win statewide in Louisiana. Edwards is as close as the Democrats can get to a perfect candidate for governor — West Point grad, U.S. Army Ranger and 82nd Airborne commander, solid legislative record, history of working well with Republicans as well as Democrats, Catholic, pro-life, pro-gun, rural but with appeal to urban voters. Vitter, meanwhile, is about the most flawed Republican you could imagine — disliked intensely even by members of his own party, self-righteous, hypocritical, ruthless, hounded by scandals (note the plural these days). If you tried to invent a tainted candidate, you’d be hard pressed to come up with somebody worse than Vitter.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Gov. Bobby Jindal once again relegated to undercard at Oct. 28 presidential debate on CNBC

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2015 at 4:27 PM

The field of 10 candidates appearing in the main GOP presidential debate to be held Oct. 28 on CNBC. Gov. Bobby Jindal had objected to the network's criteria, arguing his performance in Iowa (which is better than his national poll rankings) ought to be considered. - CNBC
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  • The field of 10 candidates appearing in the main GOP presidential debate to be held Oct. 28 on CNBC. Gov. Bobby Jindal had objected to the network's criteria, arguing his performance in Iowa (which is better than his national poll rankings) ought to be considered.

Despite Gov. Bobby Jindal's objections, he has once again been limited to another GOP presidential debate "undercard" — this one set for Oct. 28 at 5 p.m. New Orleans time on CNBC. 

Jindal had objected to CNBC's benchmarks for the main debate and the undercard:
National polls will be used to determine a candidate's eligibility and placement on the stage. To be eligible to appear in either segment, a candidate must have at least 1% in any one of the methodologically sound and recognized national polls conducted by: NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, CNN and Bloomberg, released between September 17, 2015 and October 21, 2015.

To appear in the 8pm debate a candidate must have an average of 3% among these polls. The polls will be averaged and will be rounded up to 3% for any candidate with a standing of 2.5% or higher. Candidates who average below that will be invited to the 6pm debate.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Onion: "Bobby Jindal Lies To Parents About Winning GOP Nomination"

Posted By on Thu, Oct 15, 2015 at 1:47 PM


The satirical website The Onion has had a lot of fun with Gov. Bobby Jindal's presidential campaign — its Jindal candidate profile includes "facts" like "Career Accomplishments: Has for years dutifully served the people of a state he desperately wants to abandon" and "What Sets Him Apart: Brings diversity to bottom third of GOP candidate polls." 

Today's Jindal potshot: "Bobby Jindal Lies To Parents About Winning GOP Nomination."
“Now, I don’t officially become president until I win the general election, but I’m just one step away,” said the Louisiana governor on a phone call with his mother and father, cautioning them that while he wasn’t able to live in the White House just yet, he almost certainly would be soon, and they could visit him anytime they wanted.
 Earlier this year, The Onion offered up this Jindal scoop: "Bobby Jindal Not Sure He Willing To Put Family Through 2-Month Presidential Campaign."

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

WATCH: Saturday Night Live takes another poke at Gov. Bobby Jindal

Posted By on Sun, Oct 4, 2015 at 3:37 PM


Saturday Night Live's season premiere last night featured a commercial parody for Abilify, the drug used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — but on SNL, it was used to cure the widespread delusion that one could be the next President of the United States. Comedians playing former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore testified how the drug snapped them back to reality.

But for Louisianans, the best joke may have been the kicker:

"So ask your doctor about Abilify today, Bobby Jindal."

It was the show's first swipe at the Louisiana governor since former cast member Nasim Pedrad portrayed him as a glowstick-toting, molly-rolling raver at the Coachella Music Festival.

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Y@ Speak: #HereToStay

Posted By on Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Resilience. Vibrancy. Content. Restructuring. Efficiences. "Content staffers."

New Orleans Twitter and anyone with eyes on New Orleans watched another huge blow to The Times-Picayune and the city last week.

Also in this week's edition: Gov. Bobby Jindal does the #GOPdebate, Saints do a Ditka and more hits from the #NOLAscanner.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Y@ Speak: Rivalries, Chapter 1,000

Posted By on Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Twitter: A Place for Feuds. Last week we watched car dealerships vs. eyebrows, Bobby Jindal vs. Donald Trump, and the ongoing tragedy of the New Orleans Saints vs. itself. Plus: Drew Brees wrestles alligators, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's will-he-or-won't-he house arrest, and bilingual pets.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Jindal goes after "narcissist" Trump with Anchorman burn

Posted By on Thu, Sep 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM

Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
  • Gov. Bobby Jindal slammed fellow GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

In July, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — languishing in the presidential sweepstakes — took on frontrunner Donald Trump in the days before the first scheduled GOP candidate debate:

"My fellow Republicans, beware of false prophets. Do not let itching ears be tickled by messengers who appeal to anger, division and resentment," the former Texas governor said.

It did little for his campaign; Perry has stopped paying some staff and is dogged by the prospect of being the first major candidate to fold. Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal, whose poll numbers are only slightly better than Perry's in most polls, teed off on The Donald this morning in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. 

The Jindal campaign had made much of the fact that the candidate was going to take a sock at Trump, sending out alerts, an advance copy of Jindal's remarks and telling reporters Jindal was going to "brawl" with Trump. Among the highlights of the speech:

Donald Trump is a narcissist and an egomaniac. That may sound like a serious charge to make, but it is also something that everyone knows to be true, and he knows it too, and he celebrates it. He told us the other day that he’s likes Kanye West, why? “Because Kanye loves Trump.” He may be an entertaining narcissist, but he is one nonetheless. ...

You may have recently seen that after Trump said the Bible is his favorite book, he couldn’t name a single Bible verse or passage that meant something to him. And we all know why, because it’s all just a show, and he hasn’t ever read the Bible. But you know why he hasn’t read the Bible? Because he’s not in it. ...

Summer is over, it’s time to get serious about saving our country. It’s time to send Donald Trump back to reality TV – it’s time to tell Donald Trump – it’s been great, you’ve been great for ratings, you are almost as fun as Don Rickles, the show has been a blast.

Trump hasn't responded to this specific attack yet (though he called Jindal "stupid" in 2013, back when Jindal was urging Republicans not to be "the stupid party"). 

Jindal has little to lose; in a CNN/ORC poll released this morning, Trump had surged to 32 percent support, while Jindal was stuck at 1 percent. The poll has a 3 percent margin of error.

The governor also took another pop culture swing at Trump, releasing a short online commercial highlighting the number of times Trump refers to himself. Set to the Beatles' "All You Need is Love," it concludes with a clip from the movie Anchorman, in which clueless weatherman Brick Tamland declares, "I like lamp."

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Y@ Speak: learning

Posted By on Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 2:36 PM

What is house arrest and who can I ask more about it? What does Rob Ryan really look like? How do you even ride a bus? All these questions, answered, and more in this week's late, post-Labor Day edition of (last week's) The News: Twitter.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Y@ Speak: 10 years and some days later

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 12:30 PM

If Twitter was around 10 years ago, what would New Orleans look like today? (I got in touch with friends and family through, um, Livejournal back then; Facebook wasn't really helpful.) Last week was most definitely a week. We talked about it, listened, goofed around, then Lil Wayne came home, we walked a lot, then cried a lot, then Thomas Morstead ended it appropriately by puking in a trash can.

Because I can't fit it all on here: read Michael Grunwald's tweets on the frustrations of reporting on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all of the updates from Rising Tide X, and the story behind @skooks, in his words.

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