Friday, November 16, 2012

Rush dings Jindal over "gifts"


On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh vents a bit after Bobby Jindal rejected both Mitt Romney and Rush's interpretation of the election results as being little more than you scratch my back-I'll scratch yours.

Rush:

"Mitt Romney's out there saying that Obama won the election because he was focused on certain members of his base coalition. He gave them extraordinary financial gifts from the government, and then he worked very aggressively to turn 'em out to vote. So Romney is out saying that Obama was Santa Claus.

Where have we heard that before? And then Bobby Jindal said, "No, that's not the way to go -- no, no, no." So Bobby Jindal's cutting my Santa Claus bit out from under me. Gets harder and harder here every day, I have to tell you."

Rush's sigh is particularly interesting, considering that, in the past, he's called Jindal the next Reagan.

And again, it highlights a risk Jindal is taking in hammering his own party so passionately (although, granted, Jindal does EVERYTHING passionately -- I'm thinking of trademarking a game called Is it a nuclear crisis or is it just Jindal building his burrito bowl at Chiptole?).

It's one thing to talk about reinvention; it's quite another to publicly accuse your own party of being "the stupid party" which implies the other party is the smart one and, thus, leads to much happiness and rejoicing from liberals.

Again, this isn't to cast judgment on Jindal's message; only to note that there are some political risks to all this.