In a startlingly intelligent move from a prominent conservative, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says it’s time for the GOP to stop their tradition of anti-intellectualism, saying that Republicans need to “stop being the stupid party.”
In his first interview since his party’s electoral thumping last week, 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.
“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.”
He also heavily criticized the GOP for allowing fools like Mourdock and Akin to voice their idiotic opinions uncontested, saying:
“It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that. It’s not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can’t be tolerated within our party. We’ve also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters.”
This seems to be a step in the right direction (left direction?) for the evermore out-of-touch GOP of recent times. Hopefully more of those on the right will be voices of sanity, explaining that you can have conservative political beliefs that don’t pander to an idiotic and bigoted base.
The question must be asked, though; with this many different talking points coming from the right wing, which will reign supreme? Or will the GOP fracture and split apart?