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Morning Examiner: Jindal rising

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

Plenty of conservatives have offered their opinions about what the Republican party should do in the wake of President Obama’s reelection. But none seem to be getting as much traction as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

First, in an interview with Politico‘s Jonathan Martin Monday, Jindal said Republicans must “stop being the stupid party.” “It is no secret we had a number of Republicans damage our brand this year with offensive, bizarre comments — enough of that,” Jindal explained. “We’ve got to make sure that we are not the party of big business, big banks, big Wall Street bailouts, big corporate loopholes, big anything. We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys,” Jindal added.

Then, on Wednesday, after Mitt Romney blamed his loss on Obama’s ability to bestow “gifts” on key Democratic voting groups like blacks, Hispanics, and the young, Jindal blasted the explanation. “That is absolutely wrong,” Jindal said from the Republican Governors Association conference in Las Vegas. “Two points on that. One, we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent — we need to go after every single vote. And second, we need to continue to show that our policies help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children the opportunity to get a great education, which is for their children to have even better-paying jobs than their parents.”

Then yesterday, Jindal released a letter from himself to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announcing his decision not to implement Obamacare in Louisiana. “[Obamacare] remains a flawed piece of legislation that fails to fix the fundamental existing problems in the United States health care system, particularly the unsustainable rising costs faced by American families and small businesses,” Jindal wrote. “The State of Louisiana has no interest in being a party to this failure by implementing a state based exchange.”

It is too early to tell how many conservatives are buying Jindal’s path forward for the Republican party. But at least one group of conservatives definitely is. The RGA voted last night to make Jindal chairman of the organization.

“We must stop competing with Democrats for the job of “Government Manager,” and come up with ideas that can unleash the dynamic abilities of the American people,” Jindal wrote in an op-ed for CNN this week. “We need to lead the way with policies that can create prosperity. We believe in organic solutions, not big government solutions. We need a bottom-up government that fits the digital age. Right now we have an outdated centralized government trying to manage a decentralized economy. … This is a pathway forward for the Republican party, one that honors our principles, the American people, and also, will help us win elections.”

For Republicans eager to put 2012 behind them, and start looking at 2016, Jindal has to be at or near the top of their list.

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