Bobby Jindal Calls For Republican Party To Destroy Itself In Fight For Ideological Purity

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Bobby Jindal argues, in an op-ed written Wednesday, for policies which would turn the Republican party into a regional party with no national standing. Image @SodaHead

The Republican party civil war is continuing, and Governor Bobby Jindal has called for the absolute surrender, not only of the opposing side, but of the party itself on the national stage. In his op-ed, titled “GOP needs action, not navel-gazing,” he makes the case that the Republican party should stop addressing its own failure and, instead, double down on the policies which have brought them to failure.

His argument goes that the party won control of the House in 2010, and have 30 governors, therefore they must represent the country. However, this overlooks a lot of facts. More people voted for Democratic candidates than Republican for congress but due to gerrymandered districts┬áthe Republicans held onto power. And while the Republican governors’ map looks impressive, once you study it, something clear shows up:

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While, yes, the Republicans do have 30 governor offices, the majority of them are in low-population states which do not have a major impact on national politics. And for those in high-population states, many of those governors are being frozen out of the national party due to not being conservative enough, with the party rejecting their success. Indeed, studies find that an ever-growing numbers of people are rejecting the Republican party outright and if the elections were held today, the Democrats would take over the House with a solid majority.

Governor Jindal’s argument then presumed that the nation will reject what he calls the “Nanny State.” But when he describes it, he recycles the old, long disproven arguments which the Republicans have held up for years. Instead of offering solutions, he offers up the failed policies of George W. Bush, with the promise that “this time it will work, honest!” He is writing a letter to a base which no longer exists.

This is a piece written by someone who views themselves as the natural leader for the party. It is an introduction before a presidential run in 2016. He hopes to reunite his fractured party under the same banner from which George W. Bush led it in 2000. However, this is not 2000 anymore. The use of Karl Rove tactics in this hyper-networked age has already begun, despite its absolute failure in 2012. Ultimately, being conservative seems to means you cannot learn, and Bobby Jindal is demonstrating his conservative credentials here. Instead of addressing the issues of the party, he instead finds himself out of step with the nation as a whole.

Bobby Jindal, sticking your head in the sand will not solve anything. Failing to admit the problem does not make it go away; it only takes away your ability to address it. This is the path to marginalization, and the turning of the once strong Republican party into a regional party with no national standing, much like the American Independent Party was in the 1960s and 1970s. However, if that is what Governor Jindal wants, he is free to campaign for it all he wants.