Posted 11 months ago on April 10, 2013, 10:36 a.m. EST by GirlFriday
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That very public failure comes just 16 months ago after Jindal was easily reelected with two-thirds of the vote against minimal Democratic opposition. What happened? The answer is that the policies that have made Jindal an increasingly attractive national candidate have hurt him back home.
Deep budget cuts, particularly to health care and education spending, have been unpopular. Polling suggests that a small majority also opposes the vouchers at the heart of his educational reform plan, which a judge has deemed unconstitutional. While other Republicans gave in, Jindal has held firm in his opposition to a federally-funded Medicaid expansion — an unpopular position, according to a Southern Media Opinion & Research poll.
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On Monday, Jindal scrapped his own proposal to eliminate the state’s income and corporate taxes and replace them with a statewide tax on sales and business services. His retreat was a concession to the reality that the proposal was headed towards a humiliating defeat — and taking Jindal down with it along the way. Jindal said in a speech to lawmakers that the backlash against his plan “certainly wasn’t the reaction I was hoping to hear,” but that he would respect the public’s wishes and start again.
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Is America ready for Tea Party governance? If Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s popularity in his own state is any indication, the answer might be no. A recent poll suggests that Governor Jindal, a GOP star and possible 2016 presidential candidate, is less popular than President Obama in deep red Louisiana. With only 38 percent approval, Governor Jindal’s plan to eliminate his state’s income tax faced growing opposition across the state: Read the rest here
Jindal, often mentioned as a 2016 contender, said last month in a speech at the Republican National Committee’s meeting in Charlotte that the GOP needed to “stop being the stupid party.” He reiterated those sentiments during the Fox News interview and said that Republicans need to rethink how they’re talking to Americans.
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Gee, apparently all of that change must occur first with oneself, eh?