We present to you, Michelle Cottle in the Daily Beast:
WTF has happened to Bobby Jindal?
Has he suffered a stroke? A blow to the head? Become addicted to prescription drugs? Has he been kidnapped by some fierce branch of the Louisiana Tea Party that is holding him hostage somewhere deep in bayou country
If not, how else to explain the governor’s bizarre, contradictory, paranoid, and vaguely incoherent rant this week in Politico?
We’re not talking about some off-the-cuff quote or on-air brain freeze. For whatever reason, Jindal deliberately put his name on a several-hundred word column that starts out by spanking his party for its “self-analysis,” “bedwetting,” and “navel-gaving” (a term he likes so much he uses it twice) before reassuring fellow conservatives that the political tide will soon turn their way because liberals “want”—and this part really must be reproduced in full in order to be properly appreciated:
the government to explode; to pay everyone; to hire everyone; they believe that money grows on trees; the earth is flat; the industrial age, factory-style government is a cool new thing; debts don’t have to be repaid; people of faith are ignorant and uneducated; unborn babies don’t matter; pornography is fine; traditional marriage is discriminatory; 32 oz. sodas are evil; red meat should be rationed; rich people are evil unless they are from Hollywood or are liberal Democrats; the Israelis are unreasonable; trans-fat must be stopped; kids trapped in failing schools should be patient; wild weather is a new thing; moral standards are passé; government run health care is high quality the IRS should violate our constitutional rights; reporters should be spied on; Benghazi was handled well; the Second Amendment is outdated; and the First one has some problems with it.
Whew! How’s that for some over-the-top demagoguery? We’re talking Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt levels of button pushing, tailor-made not only to court but also to fuel the rage and paranoia of his party’s already feverish base.
Jarvis DeBerry over at Nola.com has a similar take, noting that Jindal’s Rx is exactly the wrong advice for the GOP:
Gov. Bobby Jindal must be convinced that nothing’s worse than being ignored, not even being ridiculed. What other explanation is there for his op-ed published Tuesday at Politico.com? Jindal, who in November told his fellow Republicans that they have got to stop being the stupid party, issues a call-to-arms that, if implemented, will keep Republicans stuck on stupid and eventually mourning a third consecutive loss in a presidential election.
His advice is laughably bad. But his name is out there. So it’s not a total loss.
Mind you, right after Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney for the presidency, Jindal called the members of his party stupid. In Tuesday’s piece, he suggests that Republicans are leaps and bounds ahead of the Democrats who, in Jindal’s telling, believe “the earth is flat.” There are many legitimate criticisms that can be made of the Democrats, but Jindal’s suggestion that Democrats lag Republicans in embracing science is – oh, what’s the word? – stupid.
It’s Bobby’s Mad World, we’re just living in it.