Bobby Jindal, if you don’t know who he is, is a Republican House Rep from Louisiana. He is currently running for governor of the state of Louisiana.
Bobby is a few things that piss people off:
He is a person of color.
He is a conservative.
He is pro-life.
He is a Catholic.
When he was elected, he became the 2nd Indian-American in Congress.
By the way, Jindal is the second Indian American elected to Congress. The first was Dilip Singh Saund, a Democrat, who was elected in 1956 — in the middle of what was supposed to be the stifling Eisenhower era. Saund was a Sikh immigrant to California, who went door to door in his turban — and won.
A really weird thing happened, although I guess it’s hardly surprising, when Bobby ran for governor of Louisiana in 2004. While most of the Democratic/Republican races broke along traditional lines, many white people did not vote for Jindal on the basis of his race. How do we know this? Because Jindal’s opponent, Kathleen Blanco, ran extremely well in the districts that David Duke ran well in when he ran for governor in 1991.
Catholicism makes up thirty percent of folks from Louisiana, making them unique among southern states But there’s no arguing that Jindal is hardly emphasizing, at least on his website, that he’s a Christian. He may well do that in front of Christian audiences, and I think that’s OK.
I am not a Christian. I don’t believe in God, and whenever I talk about it, I feel like Scott in Big Love when he tells the girls, My mother finds a lot of comfort in it. I don’t find any comfort in the thought of an omnipotent being divining fate. That’s not what God is all about, you say. If you don’t believe God does anything, why do you believe in Him? I believe in a larger spiritual force, maybe not God. That’s God, do you think you’re the first person to think of a friggin’ spiritual force, grow up.
On the other hand, religion is slightly different from faith in God. I don’t particularly blame organized religion for our society; we were pretty screwed up before Christianity came along. I don’t mind if someone’s a Christian, I only mind if it leads to willful ignorance.
These issues do not exactly scream willful ignorance, and neither does Bobby Jindal.
I hate politicians more than you do. I loathe politicians, all of them, even the good ones like…I can’t think of any right now. But the evidence on this issue seems to be pretty consistent: not only is the former Rhodes scholar a nice guy, a good guy, and a smart guy, but he…actually seems like an honest guy.
I would probably vote for him, especially when the only case in favor of the previous Democratic administration boils down to this:
For her part, Blanco made a total mess of Louisiana’s post-Katrina efforts. But she is not the completely incompetent, clueless governor that Karl Rove and the news media would have us believe.
That’s a ringing endorsement of the Democrats. Jesus. I mean, jesus.
This will likely come back to bite me in the ass when Congressman Jindal is accused of having intercourse with a new strain of bacteria that is ravaging the southern part of the United States, but I mean, I doubt it.
This is the most negative thing I could find about Bobby, I’m sure there’s more out there.
Since we are currently settling a legal dispute with our former research intern, Danish is doing all the research for my smear tactics by himself.
Hmm, I am friends with him on Facebook and saw him at graduation junior year…he was on his cell phone the entire time. I can safely say that had he been elected governor Katrina would not have happened.
I’m not sure why he was there that particular year, I think just because he’s on the Brown Corporation (right?). I agree with your negative there, he converted to Catholicism for political reasons, which is pretty lame. Here are his other fuck ups:
Voted YES on Constitutional Amendment banning same-sex marriage. (Jul 2006)
Voted YES on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005
Voted NO on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies.
Voted YES on increasing AMTRAK funding by adding $214M to $900M.
Voted YES on requiring photo ID for voting in federal elections.
Voted YES on restricting independent grassroots political committees.
Voted YES on allowing electronic surveillance without a warrant. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on continuing intelligence gathering without civil oversight. (Apr 2006)
Voted YES on federalizing rules for driver licenses to hinder terrorists. (Feb 2005)
Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
Voted YES on increasing fines for indecent broadcasting. (Feb 2005)
Voted YES on declaring Iraq part of War on Terror with no exit date.
All I know is that I like dead terrorists. The more dead terrorists the better.
Alex Carnevale should probably go sit in the corner.
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