THE SIXTH WINNER of the Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award is — [drum roll, flourish of trumpets] — Bobby Jindal!
Yes, it’s time we honored Louisiana’s creationist governor Bobby Jindal, also known as Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist. We’ve written before about Bobby Jindal’s Presidential Ambitions. See also: Bobby Jindal: Ignorance is Strength.
Today’s award was triggered by an article in the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, in which we read: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal needs to return to his roots. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s been to Iowa. He’s held fund-raisers all over the country. He’s completed the network interview circuit, including appearances on Meet the Press, 60 Minutes and — of course — Sean Hannity. He’s done everything else a young, ambitious Republican is supposed to do in order to build a national following, to establish himself as a rising GOP leader.
Yet if I were one of Jindal’s advisers, I think I’d be about ready to walk into the boss’ office and break the bad news: It’s not working.
It’s not working? That’s good news. Let’s read on:
There’s really no other way to interpret the results of last weekend’s presidential straw poll conducted at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., an event sponsored by the Family Research Council, which is headed by Louisiana native and longtime Jindal ally Tony Perkins.
Jindal finished behind not just established figures like ex-presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and one-time House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but also a couple of other entrants in the new face category, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence.
Of that list of contenders, Romney is the only one we’re certain isn’t a creationist. See: Which 2012 Presidential Challengers Are Creationists? We continue with the Times-Picayune:
The people who participated in the vote are the same ones Jindal’s been courting on all those trips and in all those media appearances. They’re the ones whose attention he was hoping to get when he supported school vouchers and the teaching of intelligent design in Louisiana, when he spoke out against taxes, the federal stimulus bill and Democratic health care reform proposals on the national level.
All that pandering and it’s not working out? This is excellent. Here’s more:
His strategy is clearly to play to conservatives, but that’s the same thing a whole lot of other politicians are doing these days. He’s just saying what everyone else is saying, and not saying it as well.
As a sitting governor, he’s also opening himself up to charges of hypocrisy for, say, criticizing the stimulus but happily handing out giant checks that include the very federal spending he attacks.
Hypocrisy? A biology major who supports creationism is open to charges of hypocrisy? We’re shocked! Moving along:
If I were advising Jindal, I’d recommend that he return to his roots as a Republican who is willing to cross party lines and seek the sort of sensible policy solutions that can draw wide support.
Good luck with that. We strongly suspect that Jindal-the-creationist and “sensible policy solutions” just don’t go together. Meanwhile, we’re delighted that Bobby’s national ambitions appear to be going nowhere, but we can’t be certain that things will stay this way. However things work out, he’s definitely a buffoon.
Congratulations, Governor Jindal! Enjoy the award. You’ve earned it!
[History note: The first Buffoon Award winner was John West; the second was WorldNetDaily; the third was Mark Souder, Creationist Congressman; the fourth was The Intelligent Designer; and the fifth was Ronda Storms.]
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