The time had come, Jindal said during his keynote address at the Republican National Committee, for “a new Republican Party that talks like adults.”
And this was after the GOP won 55 percent of the House in the 2012 elections.
True, the party’s presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, had failed to defeat Obama, but Jindal said that was because the GOP was alienating Americans. Alluding to Romney’s gaff about the “47 percent” of Americans that don’t pay taxes and, hence, would not vote for a multi-millionaire, Jindal said the GOP needed both “the 47 percent and the 53 percent” and “any other combination of number that adds up to 100 percent.”
A cynical pundit might say these are the kind of barn burning sound bites that put a politician in the public’s radar, but not the kind of sound bites that win over the base. And if a cynical pundit were writing this article, he or she might point out that’s why Jindal, a Brown University alumni who earned a specialized Biology degree in an elite pre-med program, refused to answer whether or not he believed in evolution during an hour long Q&A with reporters on Tuesday.
The theory of evolution is a cornerstone of modern biology, but it has been some years since Jindal graduated.
And though Jindal admitted climate change may be partially affected by humans, he had little else to add to the topic – though Jindal, unlike Governor Rick “I’m not a scientist” Scott, could arguably qualify as at least an amateur scientist.
Thankfully, Jindal was able to speak openly about some topics, such as his distaste for the current White House administration. According to Governor Jindal, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency are “science deniers” because they want to impose restrictions on carbon emissions without considering how bad for business that will be for “job-creating” businesses that dislike business regulation.
“The left loves energy to be expensive and scarce,” he said. “It’s almost a religious approach.”
Almost, though a more cynical writer might say that renewable energy is not only necessary to stop global warming and its accompanying droughts, food shortages, coastal flooding and hurricanes, but imperative for the future survival of religious and irreligious voters alike. Moreover, as Burlington, Vermont (a city of 42,000 people) pointed out this month, generating 100 percent power from renewable sources is not only achievable by Americans but also profitable and desirable.
But there is cynicism enough in today’s political discourse.