I must say, Bobby Jindal grows on me more and more as time goes on. For those unfamiliar with Jindal, he is the Governor of Louisiana, the youngest in the US at 36. He was rumored as a favorite to run with McCain as Vice-President. He was even re-elected to Congress in 2006 with 88% of the vote.
On CBS’s Face the Nation, Jindal outlined three things he said the GOP must do to get back on track:
“Number one, we have got to stop defending the kind of spending and out-of-control spending that we would never tolerate in the other side. You know, when voters tell us that they trust Democrats more to cut their taxes [and] control spending, that tells you something is wrong with the Republican Party. We’ve got to match our actions with our rhetoric.
“Number two, we’ve got to stop defending the kinds of corruption we would rightfully criticize in the other party. The week before the election, our most senior senator is convicted on federal charges – and that’s only the latest example.
“Number three, we have got to be the party that offers real solutions to the problems that American voters, American families are worried about. We don’t need to abandon our conservative principles; we can’t just be the ‘party of no.’ We need to offer real solutions on making health care more affordable, on the economic challenges facing families, on the international threats.”
I have to say, the man is dead on with this. McCain lost the election by being a moderate. He failed to clearly offer alternatives to Obama’s solutions and in doing so allowed this to be a referendum on Bush. The GOP needs to go back to Conservatism. Take clear action and speak clearly on policy. Stand against corruption, and I’m not talking about pulling a Pelosi and just talking loudly about fighting a “culture of corruption” while doing nothing.
Jindal could be the GOP’s Obama. He is young and very intelligent. If he plays his cards right, I think he could be a clear front-runner for 2012.
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