In a call to his financial supporters on Wednesday Mitt Romney, the former republican presidential candidate, said that President Barack Obama won re-election to the White House because of “gifts” he gave to Hispanics, African Americans and young people – including executive orders focused on allowing the children of illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., an Obamacare provision that permits “children” to stay on their parents insurance for years longer, and a measure to forgive the interest on student loans:
“What the president, president’s campaign did was focus on certain members of his base coalition, give them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then work very aggressively to turn them out to vote,” Romney told donors.
But Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal disagrees and during a session of Wednesday’s annual Republican Governors Association meeting in Las Vegas, Jindal didn’t hesitate to lash out at Romney’s remarks:
“That is absolutely wrong. I absolutely reject that notion. I don’t think that represents where we are as a party and where we’re going as a party. That has got to be one of the most fundamental takeaways from this election. If we’re going to continue to be a competitive party and win elections on the national stage and continue to fight for our conservative principles, we need two messages to get out loudly and clearly. One, we are fighting for 100 percent of the votes, and secondly, our policies benefit every American who wants to pursue the American dream. Period. No exceptions,” Jindal concluded.
But Jindal, the 41 year old American born of two immigrants from India – delivered a blistering speech in 2009 in which he stated that Obama’s economic stimulus plan was “irresponsible” and argued against government intervention into areas which Romney claims won Obama the election.
If you haven’t already guessed, Jindal is considering a run for the White House himself in 2016 and is considered by many to be the republican response to Barack Obama – which could explain his disagreements with “all things Romney” in the wake of the monumental republican loss. But just as Romney experienced trouble fitting in with the smoke and leather GOP establishment, so shall Jindal – who has never been a poster boy for the conservative party – butting heads with republicans on many occasions and considered by many to be the most outspoken critic of former President George W. Bush’s handling of the federal governments response to hurricane Katrina.
I think conservatives, especially “the Jindal’s” of the party, need to stop and recall exactly which conservative economic policies it is that are proven to promote economic stimulus for EVERYONE. It isn’t hand outs, or freebies – it’s exactly what Mitt Romney campaigned on: less government, less taxation, less taking from the rich to give to the poor, which eventually amounts to a larger and larger pool of “takers” and a likewise smaller group of “givers.” If Jindal’s message doesn’t magically “flip” again before he runs for office in 2016 expect his campaign to mirror that of Barack Obama’s 2012 excursion into socialism.
True conservatives will never adopt the policies of Barack Obama in order to win elections. Perhaps Republicans will, but the American Conservative is a different creature altogether and not one to sell his soul to the political devil in order to win votes.