Well, no, he couldn’t, not really.
I’m talking about Bobbie Jindal, and I’m of the opinion that there never was any there, there. But up until his never-to-be-forgotten impression of Kenneth the Page the usual suspects spent a lot of bytes talking up this New Republican™ epitome of competence, intelligence and non-old-white-maleness.
Not anymore, of course, for an over-rich list of reasons, not the least of which is that after spending several years in close proximity, those who know him best, his constituents, have come to loathe him.
Still, give the man credit. He’s hit bottom, but does he give up? No! Not Bobby Jindal. Now’s the time he grabs a shovel.
His latest? This [via Think Progress, a few days ago, actually,* h/t Brad Delong]:
Louisiana’s state school superintendent John White supports Common Core, an effort to foster interstate consistency in education standards. So does the state board of education. So does the state legislature, for that matter, which passed a law in 2012 enabling the state to opt in to Common Core standards. Indeed, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) actively pushed for this 2012 law, which he signed. Recently, however, Jindal decided that he actually opposes Common Core…**
OK, so far, not impressive. This is garden variety stuff: the ability to forget in an instant any previous held position is part of any ambitious Republican’s mental toolkit.
But Jindal, famously (once) one of the “smart” ones*** goes for All-Star goofery with the reasoning underpinning his suit:
The crux of Jindal’s lawsuit, however, is that the grant programs that reward participation in Common Core somehow violate the Constitution and federal law because they force Louisiana to enter into an entirely voluntary program that it did, in fact, enter into voluntarily.
Yup. That’s it. Bobbie Jindal haz a sad ’cause that nasty Kenyan Socialist Mooslim™ allowed him to choose to do — or not do — something he once thought he wanted to do, but doesn’t anymore.
Now that’s professional-grade horse shit — and that, my friends, is a once seriously considered contender for the GOP invite to the big dance in 2016.
*So I’m slow. Sue me. Use Bobbie J.’s lawyer.
**I’m not even remotely convinced by the common core, myself (I guess I read too much Diane Ravitch). But that’s not the point, is it. I didn’t go haring after federal cash to implement in my living room, no did I?
***self-selectedly so, too.
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