Sheldon Adelson, he of “I’ll spend $100m defeating Barack Obama” fame has got a new puppy. And his name is Piyush Jindal:
While Jindal is often mentioned as a likely candidate in the next presidential election cycle, this would be the first evidence that he has moved beyond the stage of seeking name recognition to the nitty-gritty of lining up the huge financial support it would take to run a national campaign.
Adelson single-handedly kept useless lout Newt Gingrich in the GOP primary by writing $10m checks to Gingrich’s Super-PAC, which should disqualify him from politics forever on its own. But Adelson wasn’t done yet: he invested over $100m in a flailing effort to beat Obama. The only problem? It wasn’t actually $100m. It was $150m:
Sheldon Adelson didn’t spend the $100 million he promised he would to beat President Barack Obama this cycle. He didn’t spend the $54 million he reported to the Federal Election Commission. The casino billionaire spent around $150 million this election, according to Peter Stone of The Huffington Post. If true, Adelson spent three times as much as the paperwork says he did and more than all of Mitt Romney’s primary opponents combined.
Let’s get something straight: Jindal’s departure from the “stupid party” wing of the GOP is never going to happen. He loves them, and they love him. And when the money’s on the table, Jindal is all ears.
Oh, and there’s much more:
“Number one, I’m supporting stem-cell research,” he said, pointing to a chart of the new Adelson medical research foundation that is funding some stem-cell based science.
“I’m pro choice,” he said. Republicans are pro-life, but he and his wife are not pro-life in politics, he said.
“You can take your own religious beliefs …and live your life with your own beliefs. But to make it a portion of the government’s policies?” He shook his head.
“Abortion shouldn’t be brought up as a political issue,” he said.
Mr. Adelson continued on his list of liberal leanings.
On immigration: “I’m pro-Dream Act, I’m pro the Dream Act. My parents were immigrants to this country,” he said. “What are we going to do ? Listen, I’m sure a lot of my parents generation …..snuck onto the ship and they came into the country.
“So – people will do anything to leave massacres and to leave the economic conditions – they can’t put food on their own table.
“There has been in our history a lot of illegal immigration. Do I approve of it? No, but it’s here.
“It would be inhumane to send those people back , to send 12 million people out of this country to disrupt a whole potpourri of family issues” over what happens to the children.
“I mean it’s all ridiculous. So we’ve got to find a way, find a route for those people to get legal citizenship,” he said.
Finally, he said casually: “And by the way I’m in favor of a socialized-like health care.”
So, there you go, Bobby Jindalistas. Enjoy your boy’s new best friend.