Posts Tagged ‘hypocrisy’

Deconstructing the Jindal speech and subsequent media damage control attempts

March 6, 2009

The fallout from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s abysmal speech opposing President Obama’s economic stimulus plan is well documented. But Lanny Keller’s Inside Report column from today’s Advocate is required reading for its analysis of two related issues: Republicans’ continued state of denial over the lack of substance in Jindal’s speech – and how Jindal’s subsequent attempts at media damage control aren’t helping matters.

Highlights, beginning with Gene Mills’ defense of Jindal:

“Despite having no audience and no applause lines, this young, dynamic conservative who champions individual freedom and small businesses over big government gave Americans around the country a refreshingly different perspective on governance last night,” added Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group.

Isn’t there something in the Bible about bearing false witness, even if in behalf of one’s own political party? …

After [60 Minutes’] Morley Safer, the Jindal team turned to another soft interview program, “Larry King Live.” And even there, the governor’s instinct for dodging a straight answer made King look like the Grand Inquisitor.

Jindal had no answer to the obvious question: Do you agree with Rush Limbaugh? The flamboyant talk-show host said, in a much-quoted speech, that he hoped for the failure of the Obama administration.

Jindal praised Limbaugh as a “great leader” for conservatives. The governor could not bring himself to disavow the unpatriotic statements by a reactionary blowhard.

Read the whole column here.


Gov. Bobby Jindal defends Rush Limbaugh

March 3, 2009

Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has generated widespread criticism for his unapologetic declarations that he wants President Obama to fail. Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele rebutted Limbaugh’s comments in a CNN interview Saturday night, saying Limbaugh is an entertainer whose show is “incendiary” and “ugly.”

Yesterday Steele apologized for his remarks on Limbaugh, once again showing that Limbaugh is driving the Republican Party’s obstructionist agenda against President Obama’s vision and plans to move America forward.

And now Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending Limbaugh.

On Larry King Live last night, Jindal was asked what he thought of Steele’s apology to Limbaugh. “I’m glad [Steele] apologized,” said Jindal. “I think Rush [Limbaugh] is a leader for many conservatives and says things that people are concerned about.”

“For Gov. Jindal to defend a man who roots for President Obama to fail is inexcusable,” says Chris Whittington, chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. “This is the most disturbing example yet of Gov. Jindal showing that he has no interest in bipartisanship – Gov. Jindal is only concerned with his own political ambitions and catering to the failed policies and divisive rhetoric of the Republican Party.”

Here’s the video of Jindal defending Limbaugh:

Gov. Jindal’s hypocrisy train rolls on

March 2, 2009

The fallout over Gov. Bobby Jindal’s widely panned speech from last Tuesday night continues. In case you missed it, the latest glaring example of Jindal’s do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do governing is his intention to use federal stimulus money for a Louisiana railway project. Highlights,  from the Times-Picayune:

Louisiana’s transportation department plans to request federal dollars for a New Orleans to Baton Rouge passenger rail service from the same pot of railroad money in the president’s economic stimulus package that Gov. Bobby Jindal criticized as unnecessary pork on national television Tuesday night.

The high-speed rail line, a topic of discussion for years, would require $110 million to upgrade existing freight lines and terminals to handle a passenger train operation, said Mark Lambert, spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. …

Jindal oversees the state transportation department and appointed its secretary. …

Asked for comment Friday about the Jindal stance on the federal rail money, the governor’s Chief of Staff Timmy Teepell said he does not think the Las Vegas to Anaheim line is a good use of taxpayer money. He did not address the Louisiana proposal.

And while Jindal was on vacation after his speech in Florida, he still managed time to squeeze in yet another out-of-state fundraiser. As The Advocate noted, he found time to speak to a room of out-of-state donors, but refused to answer interview queries from Louisiana media.

Gov. Dean points out Gov. Jindal’s grandstanding on the economic stimulus package

February 20, 2009

Last night on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Gov. Howard Dean was interviewed and talked about the grandstanding of a handful of Republican governors on the economic stimulus package. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s in that number, and Dean addresses Jindal’s posturing. “It’s just politics,” says Dean, and given the financial crisis, “It’s a bad time for politics.” 

Here’s the video:

Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “ethics reform”: more lead balloon than gold standard

February 19, 2009

From Gambit Weekly:

It was his first special session, dedicated solely to ethics reform, which was Jindal’s top campaign promise. Within days, the governor got most of what he wanted, and he wouldn’t let us or Jay Leno or Fox News forget about it.

Then, three months ago, Jindal began concentrating on other priorities, like not running for president. Perhaps coincidentally, that was also when the Center for Public Integrity told Jindal to stop telling journalists that Louisiana had moved to the “top of the list” of the group’s annual rankings of ethics laws.

These day, Jindal’s “gold standard” looks more like a lead balloon. Just consider the shape we’re in:

• The new process for adjudicating ethics cases (along with the higher standard of proof required to prevail against public officials) has gutted the Ethics Board, and its new role is just now beginning to take shape.

• Lobbyists begin filing expenditure reports this week, but the Ethics Board has no personnel in place to verify the reports’ accuracy.

• Jindal ordered his cabinet officials last year to file annual disclosure forms by this January, then gave them four more months by issuing a superseding executive order.

Read the whole column here.

Republican Congressman Charles Boustany champions bipartisanship to children – and conveniently neglects to talk about his own voting record

February 18, 2009

On President’s Day, Republican Louisiana Congressmen Charles Boustany gave a talk to elementary school students in Youngsville. In his speech, Boustany praised bipartisanship:

“When you talk to your rivals, you get all the ideas in,” he said. “President Obama is willing to listen to them. It requires a broad consensus, all ideas to build support.”

Boustany then told the assembled students that, “If you had an issue, and divided the room into two sides, neither side probably has all the answers. The best ideas are those that take a little bit from one side and a little bit from the other side. We need more of that.”

U.S. Rep. Boustany neglected to tell the students that he hasn’t voted for President Barack Obama’s initiatives a single time – and Boustany even voted against expanding the state’s health insurance program for children.

Gov. Jindal’s twisted logic on the stimulus bill

February 2, 2009

True to form, Gov. Bobby Jindal is falling in lockstep with the Republican Party’s obstructionist efforts against the stimulus bill that’s so crucial to jumpstarting the ailing economy. Republican Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise, Joseph Cao, Bill Cassidy, John Fleming and Charles Boustany all voted against the bill, and Gov. Jindal says he would have done the same thing:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a former member of the House, said he would accept the stimulus money but would have voted against the bill if he were still in Congress.

Quite a dichotomy, isn’t it? Jindal doesn’t support the bill, but is more than happy to accept the benefits it would provide to Louisiana. Those benefits include $5 billion for highways, school construction, classroom instruction, criminal justice programs and the state’s Medicaid program. As a sample, consider this from the Times-Picayune:

Under the House-passed bill, Orleans Parish would get $112.4 million in extra aid during the next two years, including $47.8 million for construction in 2009. Jefferson Parish would get an extra $64.3 million in aid, including $24.3 million for construction, while St. Tammany schools would net $21.6 million, of which $6.2 million would go for school building and repair.

But for Republican legislators like Jindal, those tangible, positive, longterm infrastructure projects are the kind of things that make them “concerned.”


Gov. Jindal is busy, busy, busy

January 30, 2009

With that looming budget deficit and an April legislative session right around the corner, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is leaving no stone unturned. He’s rolling up his sleeves, applying some elbow grease, putting his nose to the grindstone, and spending chunks of his work week …

… Attending out-of-state fundraisers for his 2011 re-election campaign!

As the Times-Picayune and Associated Press note, Jindal’s taken campaign fundraising trips to Mississippi, San Antonio and Houston. How do these fundraisers benefit Louisiana citizens? Don’t worry, Gov. Jindal always pledges transparency, as he notes here:

Today, it is more critical than ever that governments function at the highest level of integrity and efficiency in order to fairly meet the needs of its people. Accordingly, it is a necessity that government operations be open and transparent to the public.

So, about those out-of-state trips:

The fundraisers were described in his official schedule only as “private events” for Jindal’s re-election campaign. Melissa Sellers, Jindal’s communications director, declined to share more information about where the events would be, who is hosting and how much is being sought from potential donors.

This is another chapter for the ever-growing “Bobby Jindal – do as I say, not as I do” archives.

David Vitter again votes against Hillary Clinton

January 22, 2009

Yesterday in the Senate, Louisiana Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter was one of only two votes against Hillary Clinton’s confirmation as Secretary of State. (The final vote tally was 94-2.) It follows his previous lone ‘no’ vote on Clinton last week in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. During yesterday’s vote, Republican U.S. Sen. John McCain noted, “We had an election and we also had a remarkable and historical time yesterday and this nation has come together as it has not for some time. The message the American people are sending us right now is they want us to work together and get to work right now.”

But Vitter isn’t listening. He’s making it clear that he has no interest in bipartisanship or real change, and only cares about his own self-interest. Because of his prostitution scandal, he’s using empty political posturing as evidence of his ‘values.’

GOP Hypocrisy: Gov. Bobby Jindal, David Vitter and fellow Republican legislators

December 9, 2008

vitterTonight in Washington, D.C., Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal will lead a gathering of Louisiana Republican elected officials in honoring and raising money for … David Vitter.

Vitter, of course, is the senator who campaigned on family values, only to have his rank hypocrisy exposed when his phone number showed up multiple times in the phone records of Washington, D.C. madam Deborah Palfrey, who ran a prostitution ring.

Prostitution is illegal in Louisiana and Washington, D.C.

Vitter even received phone calls from Palfrey’s escort service during House roll call votes. [Associated Press News, Jul 12, 2007]

Compounding matters, Vitter has refused to answer questions about his behavior — including to what extent Vitter was engaging in these activities during working hours. Louisiana citizens and taxpayers fund Vitter’s salary, and deserve an accounting of how Vitter spends his time representing them. But Vitter refuses to make himself accountable to his constituents and the media.

Vitter’s hypocrisy is now matched by Gov. Jindal, who campaigned on ethics reform and transparency in government. Apparently Jindal and the Louisiana Republican Party think it’s perfectly ethical for fellow Republican Vitter to refuse to answer questions about how he spends his time serving Louisiana. Jindal is so comfortable with Vitter’s behavior and actions that he’s now raising money for him.

Co-hosting the fundraiser are the fellow Louisiana Republicans who also apparently condone Vitter’s behavior and actions; they include Congressmen Rodney Alexander, Jim McCrery, Charles Boustany, Steve Scalise, and Congressman-elect Bill Cassidy, among others.

At tonight’s fundraiser, top contributors will get a photo of Gov. Jindal and Sen. Vitter together. For Jindal, Vitter and other Louisiana Republicans at this fundraiser tonight, all it takes is some cash for a picture of GOP hypocrisy in action.