Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has a message for all those who are wondering what happened to bring about such an electoral beating by Barack Obama. Jindal says it's not the conservative philosophy, but rather how it's packaged that is the problem. Jindal said that Republicans should "stop being the stupid party."
As reported by Politico.com, Jindal said in an interview on Monday that the GOP should "embrace a populist-tinged reform approach."
"We've got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything," Jindal told POLITICO in a 45-minute telephone interview. "We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys."
He was just as blunt on how the GOP should speak to voters, criticizing his party for offending and speaking down to much of the electorate.
"It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments -- enough of that," Jindal said. "It's not going to be the last time anyone says something stupid within our party, but it can't be tolerated within our party. We've also had enough of this dumbed-down conservatism. We need to stop being simplistic, we need to trust the intelligence of the American people and we need to stop insulting the intelligence of the voters."
In some ways, Jindal hits the nail on the head. If voters only hear that the GOP is about big business, they will never, ever hear what true conservatism is all about. On the other hand, people like Barack Obama prey on the fact that voters are NOT educated on the issues. That's how they win.