Thursday, April 23, 2015

Bobby Jindal has an op-ed... the Times today which demonstrates to me why the Republicans have almost no chance in 2016.

Titled, "I’m Holding Firm Against Gay Marriage," Gov. Jindal writes (my emphasis):

As the fight for religious liberty moves to Louisiana, I have a clear message for any corporation that contemplates bullying our state: Save your breath.

In 2010, Louisiana adopted a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which prohibits government from unduly burdening a person’s exercise of religion. However, given the changing positions of politicians, judges and the public in favor of same-sex marriage, along with the potential for discrimination against Christian individuals and businesses that comes with these shifts, I plan in this legislative session to fight for passage of the Marriage and Conscience Act.

The legislation would prohibit the state from denying a person, company or nonprofit group a license, accreditation, employment or contract — or taking other “adverse action” — based on the person or entity’s religious views on the institution of marriage.

Some corporations have already contacted me and asked me to oppose this law. I am certain that other companies, under pressure from radical liberals, will do the same. They are free to voice their opinions, but they will not deter me.

And the moral of the story here is that, on every issue, some candidate for the Republican nomination will pull the rest of the crowded field to the right -- the far right -- until the eventual standard-bearer is unacceptable to the majority of Americans. (Think Mitt Romney in 2012 on immigration; only this time it will be worse.)

I'm convinced the Republicans -- like an alcoholic -- will have to hit rock-bottom before they can recover and become a credible national party again. This means nominating someone from the far right who gets crushed in the general a la Barry Goldwater. Perhaps this is the year.

P. S. Jindal is the same guy who told fellow Republicans two years ago that they must "stop being the stupid party" and "stop insulting the intelligence of voters." If only he would take his own advice.

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