Newsflash: YOUR EYES ARE NOT DECEIVING YOU! Bobby Jindal WAS in Louisiana some of last year. Surely, not all of the last year, as he spent copious time gallivanting around the nation on his endless presidential campaign that he is assuredly NOT running. In fact, anyone who would even consider running for President at this point should “get his head checked.” But we digress.
It turns out, the Associated Press (LAMESTREAM MEDIA THAT THEY ARE) did something called “research,” and what they found was fascinating if not obvious:
When Gov. Bobby Jindal was named leader of the Republican Governors Association, he said it wouldn’t take his focus away from running his home state. But an Associated Press tally shows that it’s definitely taken him away from home.
During his term as RGA chairman, Jindal has regularly left Louisiana this year for campaigns, fundraisers and speeches.
The AP review — based on announcements the governor’s office made about his travel schedule — shows that Jindal, considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016, has traveled out of state at least 69 days this year, much of it to meet with RGA donors, fundraise for the organization and work on strategy for Republican gubernatorial races.
The governor was on the road and away from Louisiana at least 1 out of every 5 days of the year so far, AP found, using the information provided to the media by Jindal’s office when he leaves the state.
1/5 is like 20% or something, according to Louisiana public school math. That still leaves him 80% of his time to muck around Louisiana, causing trouble and blowing up health care. You know, like paying millions to state contractors for private health care for dead people.
The charade is up: Bobby Jindal doesn’t want to be in Louisiana anymore. He hasn’t had any use for the state except to rack up crazy points with the Iowa caucus goers from his legislative agenda. And seeing as how that high-water mark has passed, he probably won’t be seeing a compliant legislature anymore (see, for example, his tax scheme last year that ended in an epic face plant).
In Jindal’s Louisiana, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff is forced to raid the LSU Board Of Supervisors to secure public records regarding the process for choosing the latest LSU president.
But, in the 21st century crony capitalism twist, Jindal’s BOS doesn’t have the records! Why, the private consultant that did all the Board’s work has them:
Two East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s deputies escorted by LSU police served the LSU Board of Supervisors office this afternoon with a subpoena demanding that it turn over all records related to its presidential search. The deputies arrived on campus around 2:45 p.m., but left empty handed. “We had nothing to give them,” says Robert Rasmussen, assistant vice president for system relations. “As far as we know, they [the documents] are in the possession of Bill Funk, the search consultant in Dallas.” 19th Judicial District Court Judge Janice Clark issued the subpoena earlier today.
The Jindal transparency charade continues.
Mr. Transparency, Bobby Jindal, has really worked himself into a corner. Jindal set a red line over transparency in 2007, and he’s spent the last 6 years playing hopscotch over that line.
Take for example his hand-picked LSU board. This year has been a banner year for their secret machinations. But they’ve yet to waver from the Jindal line, no matter how ugly and dangerous their brinkmanship with the truth has become.
The most devastating example of their conformity and secrecy is their approval of the privatization of the entire Charity Hospital system without nary a thought of the fact that the contracts themselves contained tens of blank pages and lacked even basic details or protections for the people of Louisiana.
A total betrayal to Louisianians.
But that wasn’t the only time the Board took its own liberties with the law and the truth.
During a secretive search for the next puppet to run LSU, the board seems to have been hewing a little too closely to the Jindal script. At least according to that little thing called the law. From the Louisiana Voice at the time of the selection:
One thing is for certain: Jindal, for whatever reason, desperately does not want the public—voters, students, LSU alumni or legislators—to know. And don’t think for a nano-second that the decision to resist releasing the names was that of the board. That’s laughable.
And stacking the board with supporters who contributed more than $175,000 to his various political campaigns can ensure the cooperation of board members long on loyalty but extremely short on honor, openness, transparency and accountability—the very selling points of one Bobby Jindal, who long ago eclipsed the late Dudley LeBlanc of patent medicine Hadacol fame as the foremost practitioner in Louisiana’s grand history of snake oil salesmen.
As I discussed in a recent column in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the so-called leaders on the LSU board are slavishly loyal to Gov. Bobby Jindal. It’s his interests and his wishes that clearly remain paramount in their thoughts as they govern (misrule) this institution.
So, King Alexander will only defy his board or Jindal if he finds our climate too hot or our food too spicy. If he wants to keep his job, he will be a dutiful yes man.
And he must know that. He reads the papers like we do. He knows well the price of dissent in Jindal’s Louisiana.
But more important than his character or courage is the rotten, illegal process that produced his hiring.
It was all accomplished in secret, in clear violation of the state’s Open Records Law. Students and faculty only met Alexander after the decision to hire him had been made. Alexander himself said he wouldn’t have sought the job in an open search, which is revealing. Don’t expect him to champion the public’s right to know.
Here’s the thing about a rotten, illegal process: it usually produces rotten results.
More recently, the Board’s fealty to Jindal may have landed it in even hotter water. “Judge: LSU board could face jail if search records not released“:
Saying daily $500 fines have not grabbed its attention, an unyielding state judge warned the LSU Board of Supervisors on Monday that it now faces additional sanctions, including possible jail time, if it does not immediately comply with her more than four-month-old order to make public the records of its secret presidential search.
Following a tense open court hearing and private conference, District Judge Janice Clark ordered the board’s attorney, Jimmy Faircloth, and lawyers for The Advocate and The Times-Picayune newspapers to return to her 19th Judicial District courtroom Tuesday morning so she can determine whether the board intends to finally comply with her April 30 order.
Could this whole thing have anything to do with this?
Could the secrecy around the selection of King possibly have anything to do with the fact that a close relative of U.S. Sen. David Vitter had expressed an interest in the position—and possibly submitted an application? It’s well-established that there is no love lost between Jindal and the state’s junior senator, particularly from Jindal’s end of the relationship. (Remember how Jindal threw money at favored legislative and BESE candidates but steadfastly refused to endorse Vitter for re-election because he felt it “inappropriate” to interject himself into a state campaign?)
Either way, is the LSU board willing to go to jail for Bobby Jindal?
Mark Mosley over at The Lens NOLA writes a nice little summation of why Bobby Swindal is desperate to kill the lawsuit filed by the SE Flood Board against Big Oil:
Does the flag of Texaco still fly over the Louisiana State Capitol? That’s the question writer John Barry posed to Lens readers recently. Barry is the vice chairman of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, which is suing oil, gas and pipeline companies for accelerating the erosion of our coast.
In every meaningful sense the answer, of course, is yes. The state’s dominant industry is oil and gas, and energy barons still fund the candidates and call the shots. If they are crossed in the slightest, they wail like stuck pigs and invoke the specter of job losses. Large media outlets and the business community are always quick to join the chorus.
While Big Oil doesn’t have a physical banner that ripples atop the capitol, that’s merely a matter of discretion. State leaders have already pledged their allegiance to the pursuit of “black gold,” because it’s one of the unspoken requisites for obtaining higher office in these parts. A candidate who stirs trouble for oil interests is framed as a wild-eyed populist who misunderstands business. If she should make a runoff in an important race, she will doubtless meet a well-funded, “sensible” opponent who collects all the endorsements.
Meanwhile the bottom third of our state continues to vanish.
Unlike the GOP, the conservative-entertainment complex is a vibrant beast full of colorful characters and possibility.
You see, instead of creating solutions for governing, conservatives have reached the logical conclusion of their absurdist ideology. When government is the problem, then the only solution is to destroy the government. Hence the ever-more-ridiculous rallying cries (defund Obamacare! Impeach Obama! Self-deportation! Nullify Federal Law! Racism is over! Arm the teachers!)
Simultaneously, while their ability to formulate governing philosophy has crumbled, conservative obsession has a large and growing malignant tumor – the “conservative entertainment complex.” This is not just some vanilla Limbaughism, but rather a full-throated adherence to ideological radicals that pander to extremists. These deluded souls willingly turn over their money to fund increasingly futile political statements. It’s a rather simple mantra:
- Say something crazy.
- Act offended that rational people think it’s offensive in order to agitate the rubes who buy your books.
You see, Bobby Jindal isn’t running for President of the United States. His “Dear Piyush” advice columns (navel gazing, at that!) for the political elite (or anyone will listen) belie a greater end: He’s positioning himself to be Dean of Trump University.
Trump University is a for-profit university, that to nobody’s surprise, is also a complete fraud. Hucksters like Trump sell rubes by teaching them “one weird trick” to get that college degree without actually learning anything new. It’s the ultimate occam’s razor. Turn over your money and we’ll give you that all-important degree. Its founder, Donald Trump, is the culmination of the merger of the conservative movement and the conservative entertainment complex. He is of both, embodied as one. And Trump University is the vehicle to bilk the unwashed masses of angry wingnuts. Like Glenn Beck’s gold buggery, it’s a scam.
By blending fringe ideology, wrapped in linear conspiracies that easily confirm established worldviews, the conservative entertainment complex is the same simple formula: “One weird trick” to install radical policy that promises to easily salve the screeching pangs of the politics of resentment.
Weird. Tricks. That’s what Bobby Jindal is arguing for in his latest missive on race. He’s not confronting societies’ problems or inspecting the status quo and proposing workable solutions to inspire change.
He’s promoting one weird trick (“racism is over” + “education reform is the new civil rights”) which neatly packages the stupid party agenda for the political class. But even with these often-published barbs, he knows he’s never going to be President.
No, this new race whistle is more about building his national brand as another avatar for the aggrieved right. Nothing infuriates conservative radicals more than the constant talk of race. Simply scan the reactions to President Obama’s surprise fireside-chat on the Trayvon Martin case and you’ll see the mere mention of race talk sends the right into a meltdown.
Jindal here is doing them a favor. The same favor that Louisiana Republicans extract from patsies like Elbert Guillory: black and brown people that will confirm that racism is over.
This is the desperate hope of the demographically-disabled conservative movement; that race will just go away, so they can continue their war on voting rights, government benefits, unions, women and anyone else that can be subjugated by crony capitalism and economic darwinism.
This isn’t a popular message with most of America. But it is a lucrative one with a certain sector of fanatics who run conservative politics. Professor Jindal needs you to shut up about race already because it’s not a problem. He said so. Lesson over.
He may never be president, but he might just be dean of Trump University one day.