Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the winter meeting of Republican leaders Thursday night that the party “might need to change just about everything.”
Prior to the 2012 presidential election, sources as diverse as Rush Limbaugh and The New York Times declared that the November election would be a “do or die” moment for the GOP.
When the Republican National Committee gathered this week in Charlotte, N.C., that pre-election assessment was very much on the mind of the party faithful, along with the question, “What do we do about it?” according to Washington Examiner Chief Political Consultant Byron York.
The tug-of-war was waged between two schools of thought, according to York: broaden the party base by reaching out to minorities versus retain conservative party principles but improve messaging and voter turnout.
Keynote speaker Jindal made his opinion loud and clear. The party shouldn’t touch conservative values but “might need to change just about everything else [it’s] doing,” according to the Huffington Post.
“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” the governor said. “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.
Jindal emphasized that better messaging was needed — Replace the “austerity” with “growth,” according to the National Review.
Our objective is to grow the private sector. We need to focus our efforts on ideas to grow the American economy, not the government economy. If you take nothing else away from what I say today, please understand this – We must not become the party of austerity. We must become the party of growth.”
The Republican Party must become the party of growth, the party of a prosperous future that is based in our economic growth and opportunity that is based in every community in this great country and that is not based in Washington, DC.”
The Democrats promise to be the party of “more from government,” but they are actually the party of less. They are the party of economic contraction, austerity and less from the economy. The Republican Party is the party of “more,” the party that creates “more from the economy.
Jindal is considered a possible presidential candidate in 2016. One can see why — he doesn’t hold back.
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