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Lot of angels hovering these days, voices of high authority proclaiming, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all Republicans."

Well, almost all. Archangel Kristol's thrown the anti-taxers under the elephant cart. Archangel Huckabee welcomes all but the brown-bashers to the New Jerusalem. The angels, it seems, are picking least-favorites.

Which brings us to the littlest angel, my governor, who has declared the path to GOParadise is the way of the "not-stupid party."

Okay, now we're on ground I understand.

I'm pretty stupid. I'm not saying I'm an expert, as that would imply great knowledge or insight, but I do know some basic things about stupid.

Stupid is the natural state of man. That's why we don't let newborns drive. Stupid must be shed and replaced with not-stupid over time, and smart people have come up with some great tricks for that.

There's this thing called "education," a tool so effective in inculcating not-stupid that societies dedicate public treasure to promote it. Some societies, at least.

Our littlest angel, not so much.

In his tenure as governor, he has cut budgets for higher education by over 40%, raided every state university not in walking distance to Tiger Stadium, literally zeroed out the state budget for libraries and grabbed a good chunk of the pittance we use for elementary and secondary education to fund a voucher program for institutions that teach six-millenium-geology.

To say our governor is worst in the nation vis a vis education is no hyperbole. The merest google of "Jindal education" will give you an idea. Top results do not refer to the governor's own academic background.

Watching Republican pols attempting to U-turn on a dime in the wake of Derision 2012 is pretty funny. Overnight, deficit hawks morph to golden geese of Medicare and bigots shout, "Bienvenidos!"

But none of these living embodiments of irony stand out quite so much as Bobby Jindal leading the faithful to the Land of Not-Stupid.

Take it from a guy who knows a thing or two about stupid.

Originally posted to Crashing Vor on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:44 AM PST.

Also republished by Your Government at Work.

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  •  He wants relevance again, and dreams of (8+ / 0-)

    higher office.  Once upon a time, he was considered a leading future Presidential contender, and he wants to give it a shot, so he's willing to throw the GOP establishment under the bus if he thinks it can give him those mythical 'centrist independents'.

    •  Oh, another Mitt Romney? (6+ / 0-)

      "I'll believe anything that's politically expedient?"

      •  Mitt Beauregard Jindal Romney II-now with 47% more (1+ / 0-)
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        Southern than the ineffective Yankee version!  Well, maybe that's 47% more Southern Comfort...the 'proof' is in that pudding head somewhere.  He's a man of action...poses, a more kindly, centrist...Rebel, with a heart of firm yet empathetic gold-plated...tin soldier, a fast...superficial thinker on his feet, and quite unafraid to flip-flop his fishy way to the center of power...with the stalwart courage of whatever deep convictions...are polling the best in regional and national focus groups...er, so near and dear to his heart.  Here's a emotionally complex guy who is, at the same time, unafraid and eager to have his state be a vast receptical for US tax payer money while being militantly opposed to any new taxes and federal intervention and regulation--especially when it comes to protecting the non-rich, like minorities and women, and calling all this being pro-business and opportunistic patriotism at its finest.

        I admire the courage of this fellow who isn't at all worried about people asking, "Wasn't this the guy who was against Katrina before he was for Katrina, and who stood firm on multiple positions even as federal aid was held at bay for his state's people, and then more so after?"  

        Okay, sure, he did have act quickly to keep Al Gore's jet-load of relief at bay--which is a culture war lesson Romney's team overlooked in trying to insert themselves into the Red Cross 'narrative' of rescuing the East Coast people from Sandy's wicked ways.  That Katrina affair may have blown over, but it still may seem to folks like us to be a pretty heavy boat anchor for Jindal's class of political sail boat, but, as we can see, hope springs anew.  I do hope the brilliant billionaire Koch brothers bet big on Jindal, as soon as possible, so they can cultivate more of their types of winners--just imagine this dream ticket -- Jindal/Walker 2016!

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:03:13 AM PST

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        •  Sadly, the guv during the storm wasn't bobby (1+ / 0-)
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          but our own Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who tried her best but was up against the Bush spin machine ("There, there, honey, we'll just nationalize your Guard..."). In the end, there was no way for her to win in that gig.

          Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

          by Crashing Vor on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 01:12:27 PM PST

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  •  Just saw gorette's diary (5+ / 0-)

    Looks like even the Recording Angel's wieghng in.

    Pardon our dust. Sig line under renovation.

    by Crashing Vor on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:56:00 AM PST

  •  Kenny the Page (8+ / 0-)

    Yes, he wants relevance again, and the fact that he sees himself being mentioned in conjunction with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz by the Great Mentioners makes him think he has a shot at it.  Sorry, Bobby, that ship sailed as soon as your amazing rebuttal speech ended.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:58:02 AM PST

    •  The Great Mentioners. Is there a list (4+ / 0-)

      of the Great Mentioners and their picks for Mentionies?

      Oh, and their rankings, too.  Maybe updated once a week, for ease of keeping up with things?  The Bye Bye Petraeus scandal
      has too many players to keep straight, but a pleasant little ongoing scandal to go with my morning coffee would be nice.

      Time is a long river.

      by phonegery on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 09:56:29 AM PST

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      •  You can recognize The Great Mentioners by their (2+ / 0-)
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        powerfully muscled yet politically-sensitive thumbs, which point up or down in firm judgment, or even spin rapidly in whatever direction the winds of The Fates seem to be blowing, accompanied by analytical sounding metaphors from sports, movies and 'business', linking odd bits of history together as 'context' and 'prevailing narrative', and able to do this while dressed in expensive respectable looking suits, juggling a fine bourbon or glass of expensive wine and a cigar.

        They are skilled in the pretence of being realistic, wise and sympathetic, especially while twisting the long knives stabbing in the back of the careers of others with thoughtful regret and concern for others for failing to acknowledge the political 'realities' which they know so well and work diligently, nay, militantly, to maintain.  You can tell when they are twisting these knives when they come back multiple times to that 'talking point' item that bleeds in the course of one interview.  

        The Greatest of these Great Mentioners may be David Gergen or David Frum, but this seems to be a honary title that shifts after each DC cocktail or dinner party, election or scandal. I'm guessing Meghan Kelly may be on her way to joining this elite club after her onscreen neutering of GOP numerologist Karl Rove. This class of predators and parasites always respect someone able to harpoon a great white whale like Karl Rove and Mitt Romney, even at the same time, especially if they can also toss their narrative nets to entangle other key players in the White House, Pentagon, or other major power players.  Declaring and explaining failure, and counting coup or referring 'out of bounds' calls is perhaps more important than merely mentioning future rising stars, but the political rodeo gates do have to keep opening to release fresh stock.  

        When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

        by antirove on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 10:25:51 AM PST

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  •  Not so fast Vor, (3+ / 0-)

    you've got to go a ways to beat Arizona's Governor "GED Jan" Brewer when it comes to anti-education.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:12:06 AM PST

  •  Beautiful! (1+ / 0-)
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    I love your metaphor........I'd strum my harp if I had one.

    Didn't realize Bobby had done all that. How terrible. Here in FL of course, Scott is doing bad things in education and is trying now to look as if he's the champion of education! But our libraries are still running, thank God, my lifeline. However, I don't hold out much hope as long as he and the GOP legislature are in power.

    How nice of you to link to my diary! Thanks for that. It was delicious hearing him try to dissociate himself from his family like that!

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:13:38 AM PST

  •  Jindal? Leading on education? (3+ / 0-)

    Please. You're killin' me. Relevance? He had his chance and fumbled badly.
    Education involves science and math and history and biology and chemistry and physics and critical thinking and Language arts and art and the humanities. Religion has very little to do with education except to distort it with an injection of stupid.
    While I agree with the premise presented by the governor of Louisiana, I vehemently disagree with is methods of implementation. Stupid cannot by its very nature lead in education. The result would be a nation of village idiots.
    Jindal and Education go together like Ryan and truth.

  •  My biggest nightmare (2+ / 0-)
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    is that the rest of the nation will move forward and I'll be stuck in Bobby Jindal's Louisiana.

    A man abstemious, rigidly upright, inflexibly honest, ferociously chaste. A man with every virtue, except humility and human kindness. - Ellis Peters

    by nolalily on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 08:57:48 AM PST

  •  FYI:The Stupidest Angel is the title of a (3+ / 0-)
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    very funny book by Christopher Moore

    •  I can't believe I posted (1+ / 0-)
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      the exact same thing you did without even noticing you'd posted it. Problem with that book is that you need to read all the earlier books in that series to really get Angel. I love Moore, have all his books.

      It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

      by sboucher on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:17:00 PM PST

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  •  fyi There's a very funny book (1+ / 0-)
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    by Christopher Moore called "The Stupidest Angel."

    It's not just a zip code, it's an attitude.

    by sboucher on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 07:15:03 PM PST

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