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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 09:58 AM

Bobby Jindal: Republicans Can Continue Discriminating Against Gays And Still Win Elections

Source: ThinkProgress


By Igor Volsky posted from ThinkProgress LGBT on Feb 24, 2013 at 9:49 am

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) — a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016 — rejected former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s argument that conservatives must embrace marriage equality for gays and lesbians if they want to survive as a party and reiterated his support for “traditional marriage.”

“Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage,” Jindal said during an appearance on Meet The Press on Sunday, and went on to claim that Republicans don’t have to make the case on social issues to attract young voters and win future elections and instead should continue focusing on economic issues. “We lost because we didn’t present a vision showing how we believe the entire economy can grow, how people can join the middle class. We’re in aspirational party and we need policies that are consistant with that aspirational private sector growth.”

In an essay for The American Conservative entitled “Marriage Equality Is a Conservative Cause,” Huntsman — a Mormon whose previous support for civil unions set him apart from Republican presidential candidates in 2012 — argued that if the Republican Party wants to survive, it must enhance its appeal to gay Americans and the growing majority that supports marriage equality.

“It’s difficult to get people even to consider your reform ideas if they think, with good reason, you don’t like or respect them,” Huntsman wrote. “Building a winning coalition to tackle the looming fiscal and trust deficits will be impossible if we continue to alienate broad segments of the population….Consistent with the Republican Party’s origins, we must demand equality under the law for all Americans.”

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Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/02/24/1631311/bobby-jindal-republicans-can-continue-discriminating-against-gays-and-still-win-elections/

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Reply Bobby Jindal: Republicans Can Continue Discriminating Against Gays And Still Win Elections (Original post)
DonViejo Feb 2013 OP
Gore1FL Feb 2013 #1
sakabatou Feb 2013 #19
pangaia Feb 2013 #22
bluethruandthru Feb 2013 #2
exboyfil Feb 2013 #3
LibertyLover Feb 2013 #32
ck4829 Feb 2013 #4
Thor_MN Feb 2013 #5
iandhr Feb 2013 #6
Ash_F Feb 2013 #7
L0oniX Feb 2013 #8
DallasNE Feb 2013 #9
AlbertCat Feb 2013 #10
Ratty Feb 2013 #11
judesedit Feb 2013 #12
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #13
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #15
liberal N proud Feb 2013 #16
GodlessBiker Feb 2013 #17
ZombieHorde Feb 2013 #14
xxqqqzme Feb 2013 #18
Nika Feb 2013 #20
goclark Feb 2013 #33
Auntie Bush Feb 2013 #34
daleo Feb 2013 #21
CK_John Feb 2013 #23
BlueStater Feb 2013 #24
area51 Feb 2013 #25
Lil Missy Feb 2013 #26
blkmusclmachine Feb 2013 #27
JI7 Feb 2013 #28
sendero Feb 2013 #29
bemildred Feb 2013 #30
Arkana Feb 2013 #31

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:00 AM

1. So much for not being the party of stupid n/t

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:22 PM

19. "Instead, we're the party of bigots!"

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Response to Gore1FL (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:57 PM

22. Go Cards !!!!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:07 AM

2. Poor Huntsman. He's fighting a losing battle!

Today's republicans are so far from their origins that if Abe Lincoln tried to run for president today, he'd be 'swiftboated' by his own party.

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Response to bluethruandthru (Reply #2)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:19 AM

3. Don't you mean "Speedboated"

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Response to exboyfil (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:33 AM

32. Or, since it's Lincoln

ironcladboated?

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:55 AM

4. So basically what Jindal is saying is that the GOP just needs a bigger megaphone

"Let's just shout louder than everyone else, that has to work!"

You know what? Just let them try it.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:10 PM

5. Uh, "Bobby"? Stupid.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:14 PM

6. He shouldn't try an dissuade them from this notion.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:19 PM

7. Translation: Republicans want to drag the country around to their whim

...rather than listen to their constituents.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:33 PM

8. Yea do it to win ...don't do it because of heart ...because they have none. n/t

It's not what you say or do, it's what you are that counts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:45 PM

9. Huntsman Must Think That He Belongs To The Party Of Lincoln

That must make him pretty lonely out there.

It's not just the social issues that are the headwind for the GOP. It is also how they focus on economic issues and continue to insist on a plan that is a proven failure. Neither Jindal nor Huntsman seem to understand this so they can talk all they want but they will never gain traction with their message. That is how it is with nails on a chalkboard.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:48 PM

10. continue focusing on economic issues.

Yeah! Like vaginal probes and "In God We Trust".

Maybe a better way to say it is "continue focusing on economic blackmail."

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:37 PM

11. Jindal 2016. What a sideshow that would be

Keeping my fingers crossed.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:57 PM

12. Not if they can't redistrict, disenfranchise voters, or literally flip the votes electronically.Nope

Never have. Never will.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:00 PM

13. I guess the republicans are not going to change.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #13)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:19 PM

15. Not until many of the older ones die out. And even then...

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Response to GodlessBiker (Reply #15)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:36 PM

16. It seems the younger republicans are more radical than the older ones.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #16)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:42 PM

17. Just the vocal ones. I know quite a few socially conservative Republican parents who have ...

socially liberal, at least when it comes to LGBT issues, Republican children. I know that's anecdotal, but I think it's a trend. The kids simply know more gay people and may have gay friends, and it is difficult for them to be as dogmatic as their parents about the issue.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:02 PM

14. Perhaps for a short time.

Gerrymandering will only buy them so much time on this issue. Full gay rights are inevitable at this point, and Republicans will eventually have to embrace it if they want to survive.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:54 PM

18. "...don’t have to make the case on

social issues to attract young voters and win future elections..."

But since the rethugs have focused on social issues (war on women, immigration, LGBT, etc.) for so long, they are going to have address those issues before theu can even think of having a National party again.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 04:45 PM

20. Bobby Jindal's combination of stupidity, myopia and pandering is why the Re thugs belong to a party...

... on the road to extinction.

His is an incredibly stupid and destructive point of view that gets him and his party nowhere.

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Response to Nika (Reply #20)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:58 AM

33. Rethugs are at Ground Zero



The 47% stuff and the last election should have taught them a lesson - they are lost in the twilight zone.

They thought they could BUY the election ( I thought they could too and I was scared) but they did not.

Jindalbells is all those things you mentioned and more.

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Response to goclark (Reply #33)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:58 PM

34. When Rethugs are at rock bottom and they refuse to go upward/change...

where do they go? Pounding or rubbing their noses in cement...is the only thing they can do.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:01 PM

21. Their record on economic issues vis the middle class isn't too good either

Aspirational goals are often just wishful thinking, meant to hoodwink people and to avoid realistic thinking.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 05:58 PM

23. Never underestimate stupid, look how they are doing at the state level.

It is easier to control smaller groups with fear and bully efforts.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 12:37 AM

24. Piyush's approval ratings as governor are now in the toilet.

He can feel his presidential hopes slipping away from him. Only solution is to pander to the crazies!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:20 AM

25. F Piyush Jindal. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:23 AM

26. Good. That just improves the odds for Democrats. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:29 AM

27. GOP: Southern rump party, of old white racist evangelicals

R.I.P.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 05:49 AM

28. fuck him , even NEwt Gingrich supports same sex marriage

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 06:13 AM

29. "aspirational party"..

.... we aspire to convince the unwashed masses to believe the ridiculous ideas about the economy we hold dear, all while said ideas have been PROVEN to fail.

Tax cuts for the rich produces jobs - FAIL

Deregulation produces jobs - FAIL

You stupid fucks keep talking, every day more and more Americans are waking up to your BULLSHIT.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:24 AM

30. That's the trouble with reactionaries, they live in the past. nt

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 09:04 AM

31. Sorry, Piyush, but you and your insane bedfellows

are on the wrong goddamn side of history, just like the lunatics who claimed miscegenation was Communism back in the 50s and 60s.

And Huntsman's got to know he's fighting a losing battle.

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