Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s comment that the Republican party should “stop being the stupid party” was widely reported on Friday and it offers new hope, however miniscule, that conservatives in this country might somehow come up with a plan to bolster their cause after being trounced in the fall elections.
As a long-time member of America’s fastest growing party – Independents – who has watched both sides demonstrate their weaknesses in governance over the years, I think this is a step in the right direction, but the GOP faces a tall task.
The good news here is that, consistent with such programs as Alcoholics Anonymous where the first action aimed at recovery is admitting you have a problem, they’ve taken a big first step.
Though Jindal offered no detail during an address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, he was apparently referring to disastrous abortion-related comments made by Republican candidates during the last election, though, there’s a broader point here related to talk radio and Fox News.
How can you stop being the party of stupid when, to some extent, that’s what you are?
There’s a whole swath of Americans like myself who are generally “fiscal conservatives and social liberals” that find both parties unappealing for reasons that should be obvious from the “fiscal conservative/social liberal” characterization.
That’s the direction the GOP should go if it expects to ever win another national election.
The decision by Fox News to part ways with Sarah Palin was a good step toward this end, but more needs to be done and, if the existing party base doesn’t like it, they should be told to go form their own party. What are they going to do? Vote for Hillary in 2016?