Will it be the Governor Jindal who has just called his national party the “stupid party” after the shellacking the Republicans took last week?
Will it be the ideologue Jindal who fiercely opposes Obamacare despite the fact that Louisiana’s healthcare is in shambles and is virtually last in almost all conceivable healthcare categories?
Or the Tea Party and social conservative Jindal who he ferociously courted during the recent campaign, who he now seems to be distancing himself from after the election drubbing?
How about the softer and gentler Jindal whose recent words, taken in a vacuum, could be uttered by the most dedicated Europe socialist, the very political force that Jindal has repeatedly condemned during the recent campaign season when discussing President Barack Obama.
Perhaps it will be the “I’ve got a secret” Jindal who has often appeared on many conservative television news talk shows portraying himself as the no-tax, education-reform, no Obamacare, no stimulus governor despite handing out Recovery Act money on various occasions under the guise and without disclosing the source of the funds.
For instance, here was just one occasion when the public was uncertain as to which Jindal was doing the walking and the talking
Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) reemerged on the national stage yesterday, penning an op-ed in the Politico to slam efforts to reform health care and declaring the Economic Recovery Act a failure. Jindal declared the Recovery Act “a nearly trillion-dollar stimulus that has not stimulated.” However, less than 24 hours before Jindal published his op-ed, Jindal traveled to Anacoco, Louisiana to present a jumbo-sized check to residents of Vernon Parish. The funds included hundreds of thousands of dollars directly from the Recovery Act — at least $157,848 in Community Block Grant money authorized by the Recovery Act and $138,611 for Byrne/JAG job training.
programs created by the Recovery Act. Rather than credit the federal government or the Recovery Act he opposed, Jindal printed his own name on the corner of the massive check. View it below:
Those keeping score know that Governor Bobby Jindal is on the fast-track to the top of the national party while he heads the Republican governors whose agenda just might be out of sync with the needs of the Louisiana voters or the psyche of the national electorate who on Election Day overwhelmingly rejected the politics and policies of right-wing faction of the GOP.
Yet, Bobby Jindal is a skilled politician and a gifted orator and can handle these etch-a-sketch moments as well as anyone on the circuit.
Here are some of his recent comments made to a more liberal audience, Politco and the Huffington post. You be the judge as to which Bobby Jindal is now in vogue and which Bobby Jindal we will see at the Louisiana capital or in Las Vegas or on Fox News over the next year or so:
“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 the website Politico.com in a 45-minute telephone interview that was published. “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
Jindal told Politico the Republicans need to cement their position as “the party of ideas, details and intelligent solutions” and that it had to “stop reducing everything to mindless slogans, tag lines, 30-second ads that all begin to sound the same.”
“Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work,” Jindal said. “You can’t beat something with nothing. The reality is we have to be a party of solutions and not just bumper-sticker slogans but real detailed policy solutions.”
"Mitt Romney is an honorable man. He's a good honest man. He deserves our respect, and our gratitude," Jindal told The Huffington Post in a phone interview. "The reality of it, the campaign was too much about biography. It wasn't enough about a vision of where they wanted to take our country, and how they would do it."
"The reality is people are not being inspired by a biography," Jindal said. "We have got to offer that vision."
"When we talk about balancing the budget and cutting the size of government, we've got to be honest with the American people. I'm all for cutting non-defense discretionary spending, but we have to be honest with the American people and say, 'We also have to go and look at entitlement programs, that it's not sustainable, the spending and borrowing that we're doing today,'" Jindal said. "We need to be talking very specifically about social security, Medicare, Medicaid."
"For too long we have given health care and education to the other party. And the reality is, if we believe in an aspirational society, we absolutely have to stand up for the right of every child to get a great education, because in this economy, that's what it's going to take to be able to pursue the American dream," he said. "That means very specific policies about changing the way we hire, fire, compensate teachers, that's based on a spirit of achievement and accountability, not just how long they've been in the classroom. It means meaningful student choice, so the dollars follow the child, whether it's the tradtional public schools, charter schools, online schools, local schools, independent schools, whatever it takes to make sure that child's getting a great education."
"We need to be fierce adovcates for that so a child's future is not dependent on where they're born, where they grew up, their zip code, their geography, their parent's wealth," he said.
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