This website has run hot and cold with likely 2016 Republican presidential contender Bobby Jindal. However he said something during a recent interview with The Washington Times that we believe to be instructive.
“We’ve got to present thoughtful policy solutions to the American people — not just bumper stickers, not just 30-second solutions,” Jindal told the paper last week. “We have to have the confidence and the courage in our convictions and show them that our ideas will benefit them.”
This is precisely what we’ve been screaming for years … yet “Republicans” have opted for the bumper sticker, 30-second route instead. Not to mention a crop of candidates and office holders who accompanied their rhetoric with equivocation at best and – at worst – wholesale hypocrisy.
Jindal is absolutely correct. If “Republicans” hope to have an electoral future, they must (quickly) remove their headquarters from their hindquarters and present specific proposals aimed at eliminating unnecessary government, reducing its regulatory influence, ending crony capitalism, phasing out entitlement spending and charting a new, non-interventionist foreign policy.
Does the GOP have that sort of substance left in it? Based on what we’ve seen, we doubt it …