Republican Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal tried to utilize media coverage of the nation’s governors meeting with the President on Monday to his advantage. Instead, he just came off looking like one of the leaders of the Stupid Party after getting smacked down by Democratic Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy. Jindal tried to say President Obama was making the country a ‘minimum wage economy’ and then later brought up Obamacare.
Jindal made the following statement on the White House steps shortly after most of the country’s governors had met with President Obama in what was considered to be a generally cordial affair.
“I think there are things we can do instead of waving the white flag of surrender, instead of declaring this economy to be a minimum wage economy. I think our economy, I think America can do better.”
It was obvious that Jindal was implicating that Obama did the wrong thing by signing an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour. It also seems clear that Jindal does not agree with the President and Democrats that the minimum wage for all workers should be raised.
At this point, Malloy pushed past Jindal and slammed the Louisiana Governor for using that moment to make an extremely partisan statement and draw notice to himself. Malloy destroyed Jindal with this statement:
“Just one second. Until a few moments ago we were going down a pretty cooperative road. Let’s be clear there are differences here and you just heard what I think ended up being probably the most partisan statement that we had all weekend.
I don’t know what the heck was a reference to white flag when it comes to people making $404 a week. I mean that is the most insane statement I ever heard quite frankly. Let’s be very clear that we have had a great meeting and we didn’t go down that road and it just started again and we didn’t start it.”
Jindal’s response to Malloy was even worse than what he said to start it all off.
“If that was the most partisan statement he heard all weekend, I want to make sure that he hears a more partisan statement which is I think we can also grow the economy more if we delayed more of these Obamacare mandates.”
Did you get that? Jindal, who fancies himself as the smarter, savvier alternative to the Tea Party madness within the GOP, sounded like nothing more than a Ted Cruz clone. He wasn’t able to keep his cool after rightly getting called out for drawing attention to himself for partisan gain. So all he knew to do was go to that same old tired staple–rip on Obamacare.
Conservative pundits love to bring up Bobby Jindal as someone who is very intelligent and full of fresh new ideas. ‘He is someone that can bring conservatism to the younger generations. He can help bring more diversity to the Republican Party and inject it with life.’ However, you don’t even have to scratch the surface to see that all he does is parrot the same old well-worn ‘ideas’ that the Republicans have been pushing forever. Jindal is really no different than the wacko birds he claims he wants to save the GOP from.
Justin Baragona is the Managing Editor at Politicus Sports as well as Senior Editor at PoliticusUSA. He was a political writer for 411Mania.com before joining PoliticusUSA. Politically, Justin considers himself a liberal but also a realist and pragmatist. Currently, Justin lives in St. Louis, MO and is married. Besides writing, he also runs his own business after spending a number of years in the corporate world. You can follow Justin on Twitter either with his personal handle (@justinbaragona) or the Sports site’s (@PoliticusSports).