Jindal: GOP Needs to 'Stop Being the Stupid Party'

Louisiana governor unloads on own party

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 13, 2012 8:04 AM CST

(Newser) – Tell us how you really feel, Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana governor let loose on his own team in a Politico interview yesterday, saying that Republicans need to "stop being the stupid party." Jindal says Republicans need to stop sneering at intellectuals, and get some real policy in the place of "bumper-sticker slogans." "We've had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, and … we need to stop insulting the intelligence of voters."

He also said the GOP needed to be more populist. "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," he said. He said he didn't support tax rate increases, but did back closing loopholes, and supported Dodd-Frank and other financial reforms. He said the party should stick by its positions on social issues, but soften its tone, decrying the "offensive, bizarre comments" that hurt the GOP in this election cycle. Jindal is taking the reins of the Republican Governors' Association this week; he was mum on whether he would run for president in 2016.

In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks in Hot Springs, Ark.   (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)
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It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that. ... It can’t be tolerated. - Bobby Jindal

Simply being the anti-Obama party didn’t work. 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. - Bobby Jindal

They did a very good job portraying the Republican Party as wanting to just preserve the status quo for those who’ve already been successful and burn the bridge behind them. That’s not what we stand for. - Bobby Jindal

When we talk about energy policy, it cannot simply just be ‘drill more,’ it has to be more than that — it has to be comprehensive. - Bobby Jindal

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