Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Bobby Jindal Goes Squishy, Tells GOP To Work With Obama on Health Care

From Politico:

“I think now is the perfect time to pivot and to say, not only here’s what we’re against, and not only here’s how we’re going to contrast ourselves, but here’s what we’re for,” Jindal said in an interview Tuesday with POLITICO.

Jindal acknowledged that the Republican Party for years had been too slow to stake out positions on the health care debate “to our peril and the nation’s peril.”

“I think that in some circles, it was viewed as a Democratic issue,” said Jindal, who served in top posts at the Department of Health and Human Services during the Bush administration and ran his state’s health department in the ’90s.

Jindal urged congressional Republicans to go to the White House and find common ground with Obama.

“Let’s start anew,” he said they should tell the president. “We’re willing to work with you in a bipartisan way.”

I don’t think Bobby Jindal has been paying attention. The GOP has offered several solutions including HR 3400. The Democrats have basically frozen them out of the process and rejected all their ideas. Obama has made a bogus token gesture to Republicans by looking into tort reform as a pilot program.

Whenever Republicans choose bipartisanship over principle, they lose because Democrats get to set the agenda. What we end up with is small-scale socialism rather than large scale, the effect is still the same, we drift leftwards.

I must admit, the more I see of Jindal, the less impress I become. I still cringe when I think about that Republican rebuttal he made. If Jindal has any presidential aspirations, he is going to have to do a whole lot better.

Via: Memeorandum

Via: Politico

20 comments:

Stogie said...

Wow, his credibility with me just took a big hit.

Mary Baker said...

Clifton,

There is only one candidate that will stay the course for conservative issues and that is Sarah Palin. It seems that Jindal is pandering to the pressures of the left. We need a strong solid candidate that does what is right because it is the right thing to do.

Clifton B said...

Stogie:

Me too, I am so not into squishiness.

Clifton B said...

Mary Baker:

Bingo! Palin is using her down time to effective build herself a bad ass campaign. Liberals beware!

Nikki said...

Another one down, and 3 more to go...Pawlenty, Palin, Huckabee! Go Mitt!! :)N

RightKlik said...

Politico is spinning. If you only read Jindal's quotes, you get a much different impression.

christian soldier said...

As a long time R who has personally seen the 'party' RNC-CRP- betray two friends who ran + several acquaintances..I can testify - that the weak runners always acquiesce and jump to the middle-'party' pressure you know...
That is why I'm banking on Palin..
I believe she was betrayed by the party big - wigs-and-she keeps coming back!!!
carol-CS

moon816 said...

Love the simple straight to the point honesty on this site.

arlenearmy said...

Where has Jindal been all this time? Does he not watch the news? He should reword his statement to say: Obama should work w/the GOP.

1. Before GOP can work w/Obama on anything, Obama must 1st acknowledge that GOP exists. Remember Obama is SUPPOSE to represent all of US... not just the left.

2. Obama's is too busy traveling on pleasure trips & doesn't have time to do anything except for delivering speeches.

2. Obama pretends to be oblivious to millions of folks ON 912 in DC.

3. Obama pretends townhall folks are not mainstream America

4. Obama chooses to go to Copenhagen than to deal w/ANY party on health-care. Rep. Boehner asked Obama to cancel that trip so he can do his job.

arlenearmy said...

I must also add that how can Jindal expect anyone to find common ground w/Obama when he wont even talk w/ General McChrystal (who is on the battlefield).

MKotyk88 said...

It's kind of hard for Republicans to work with the Democrats on health care when the Democrats deny the Republicans have any alternative plans (they have 3 at my last count) and the President, himself, has scheduled no meetings with them. Nope, the Democrats are hoping to force health care down the throats of all of us.

Caeseria said...

What? Waaaah! Jindal was supposed to be cool!
Sad.

Clifton B said...

Nikki:

Feel free to scratch Pawlenty off the list, that man is as dull as dish water. He ain't going no where.

Clifton B said...

Rightklik:

Will check it out.

Clifton B said...

Carol-CS:

I am banking on Palin too, she seems to know exactly how to do end runs around the powers that be. Notice how she has kept her fame without speaking directly to the media? With her book she will be even bigger.

Something tells me she if she doesn't run, she will use her talents to force the party to the right.

Clifton B said...

moon16:
Thank you, just trying to keep it real.

Clifton B said...

Arlene Army:

Bang! Jindal needs a sit down with you big time!

Clifton B said...

Mkotyk88:

The Democrats simply want to pass heath care reform so they can gain control, period. If any of their stated goals were true, they would have accepted tort reform and allowed people to buy insurance across state lines. Both ideas will lower costs and increase competition and most importantly both ideas are FREE. Neither would cost the taxpayer a dime.

Clifton B said...

Caeseria:

He is cool but squishy. We cannot do squishy in 2012.

Anonymous said...

This man is a total JOKE! He is someone that Pelosi and Reid would support to further their agenda.

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