Your daily jolt: ‘We’ve got to stop being the stupid party’

Let a very necessary conversation begin. From the Associated Press:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on the Republican Party to “stop being the stupid party” on Thursday as GOP leaders promised fundamental changes to help stave off future losses.

In the keynote address at the Republican National Committee’s winter meeting, Jindal said the GOP doesn’t need to change its values but “might need to change just about everything else we are doing.”

“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” he said. “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”

Jindal, thought to be a potential 2016 presidential contender, offered little detail in the 25-minute address. He called on conservatives to shift their focus from Capitol Hill number crunching to “the place where conservatism thrives — in the real world beyond the Washington Beltway.”

…He called on conservatives to stop fighting with Democrats on their terms about the size of government in Washington and focus instead on connecting with voters across the nation.

“Today’s conservatism is completely wrapped up in solving the hideous mess that is the federal budget, the burgeoning deficits, the mammoth federal debt, the shortfall in our entitlement programs,” he said. “We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping. This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.”

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In another arena of the GOP’s post-2012 revolution, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., continues his charm offensive on immigration reform. A Huffington Post take on Rubio’s talk radio encounter with Mark Levin includes this:

Rubio is likable, and you see that having an effect on Levin. Rubio is heading off criticism by making the effort to talk to the loudest and most influential voices who have traditionally used the “amnesty” label as a sledgehammer to halt any Republican efforts on immigration reform. And Levin’s response is to start to convince himself that these ideas of Rubio’s aren’t really all that bad. Notice also how Levin appreciates Rubio’s comment about wanting to hear ideas and push back from others.

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Slightly more than three years ago, former state senator Kasim Reed narrowly won a runoff against councilwoman Mary Norwood to become mayor of Atlanta – in part by accusing her of being a closet Republican.

That doesn’t look like an option he’ll use against any opponent in 2013. Count the number of GOP names at the top of this invitation for a Feb. 5 fundraiser for Reed at the Capital City Club:

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See the entire invitation here. The suggested minimum for the event is $250, but contributions up to $2,500 will be gladly accepted.

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Nothing hit harder this morning than the sight of 69-year-old former House speaker Terry Coleman, shackled and handcuffed after an arrest for attempting to board a plane with a handgun in his briefcase:

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The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, a fiscally liberal research organization, this morning begins a conference on state finances with a provocative message for lawmakers: Georgia’s tax base has room to grow.

From the GBPI talking points:

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Georgia collects less revenue from its citizens and businesses than almost any other state. The state ranked 50th nationwide in the amount of revenue it collected per person in 20111, and 41st in the amount it collected from businesses in 2010 2 – the most recent years for which data are available.

When state and local taxes are counted together, Georgia’s overall tax level ranks 42nd nationwide as of 20103. Since Georgia’s tax level is already low compared to other states, lawmakers have some room to increase revenues while keeping the state competitive.

In addition to ranking low compared to other states, Georgia’s taxes are now much lower than even in the state’s own recent past. Georgians devoted 4.5 percent of their annual income to state taxes in 2010, compared to an average of 5.9 percent in the 1990s (Figure 1). This means that if the state were to return to a more historically normal tax level , it could bring in billions of dollars in new revenue for important state services and investments.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at an anti-gun violence group’s criticism of U.S. Rep. John Barrow for showing off his arsenal of home firearms.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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27 comments Add your comment

jd

January 25th, 2013
9:24 am

So, Ga is last again, in the amount of taxes it collects… yet it is not growing. CA has raised taxes, on top of high taxes, and it is growing.

Grover Norquist, your economic theories are weaker than an ice cap succumbing to climate change. Wait, you deny climate change…

Hmmm… sense this all makes now…

Mike

January 25th, 2013
9:53 am

That climate change thingy you morons keep talking about, feels good today. Ice and snow all over north Ga..
Let’s see…cold in winter…hot in summer…yes, that’s “climate change”.
I guess if it gives you clowns something to focus on, that’s o.k. My wife is a special ed teacher and she says you liberals are like her kids, you have to give them something simple, or shiny, to look at and they will stay occupied all day.

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Robert

January 25th, 2013
10:12 am

It is not fair to compare liberals to mentally handicap children. Those children were born a certain way that was beyond their control while liberals choose to be ignorant

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 25th, 2013
10:12 am

Kalifornia is growing? What, weed?

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Jeff H

January 25th, 2013
10:26 am

The GOP had better find another stupid party to take over. We have gotten used to the free entertainment.

blackbird13

January 25th, 2013
10:30 am

“Let’s see…cold in winter…hot in summer…yes, that’s “climate change”.”

People who makes these comments show just how uneducated and juvenile they are. The GOP, as Jindal, has become the “stupid party” because of their pandering to the ignorant.

Hedonikos

January 25th, 2013
10:37 am

Jindal told Republican leaders they must “stop being the stupid party” You mean evolve? The problem isn’t the party. It is the voter. Anyone nowadays who sees any benefit to putting these mental midgets in office are the problem. And it will never change because as it has been stated time and again… “You can’t fix stupid”

Alex

January 25th, 2013
10:49 am

“Let’s see…cold in winter…hot in summer…yes, that’s “climate change”.”

That’s a southern Republican’s understanding of science. If you lived near the coast and noticed the sea level has been rising constantly for the past few years, you’d be on the phone screaming at your representatives to do something about it.

Politics is like driving a car: R for reverse, D for drive forward.

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2013
10:50 am

That is true Hedonikos. These people here will vote R every time, no matter how screwed up the candidate it.

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2013
10:51 am

Also, the mess that the GOP is in is of their own doing. When they started pandering to the fringe lunatics of the party, that’s when they started their demise.

yuzeyurbrane

January 25th, 2013
10:56 am

Forget facts. Supply side ideology wins because it makes Ga. rich, richer.

SlackJack

January 25th, 2013
10:58 am

GOP the stupid party?? Yes, Reps are stupid, but not as stupid as Dems!
- Dems are pushing gun control that’s gonna make it easier for criminals.
- Dems are spending us into oblivion while denying we have a spending problem.
- Dems are appointing losers who hate Israel.
- Dems appoint tax cheats to head up the Dept of Treas.
- Dems are hiding, lying and denying the truth about Benghazi.
- Dems blame climate change on greenhouse gasses.
- Dems restrict drilling and pipelines therefore making us more dependent on our enemies and driving up gas prices.
- Dems are making the US a nation of entitlement.
I could go on, but there’s a limit to how much I can write. Yes, they are ALL stupid, but be real people. Dems are outta control in the stupid category.

kirbang

January 25th, 2013
11:01 am

Yes I agree with all you Cons: Reality does have a liberal bias. BobbyJ succinctly summerizes the state of the GOP and many of the posters. The party of stupid. Years ago John Stuart Mills wrote and it fits perfectly here; “Not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives”.

kirbang

January 25th, 2013
11:02 am

Yes I agree with all you Cons: Reality does have a liberal bias. BobbyJ succinctly summarizes the state of the GOP and many of the posters. The party of stupid. Years ago John Stuart Mills wrote and it fits perfectly here; “Not all conservatives are stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives”.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

January 25th, 2013
11:05 am

Some things are just too rich -

If you lived near the coast and noticed the sea level has been rising constantly for the past few years, you’d be on the phone screaming at your representatives to do something about it.

Do they come out and part the seas for ya, when you call?

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2013
11:16 am

SlackJack is just the type of person that today’s neo-cons pander to. The type of person that will believe whatever the puppet masters on Fox News and right wing talk radio tell them to believe.

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Just Wait

January 25th, 2013
11:20 am

Republicans the party of stupid? Ask Terry Coleman.

SlackJack

January 25th, 2013
11:41 am

Name-calling is some peoples’ way of debating the facts.

spaceman109

January 25th, 2013
11:44 am

dj…..all that a candidate in georgia needs is….have a r after his or her name and be sure to mention religion quite a bit. that will git’r'done! B-)

DJ Sniper

January 25th, 2013
11:56 am

So true spaceman. Talk about how much they love god, how much they hate gays and abortion, and they’ve pretty much got the vote locked down.

Middle Man

January 25th, 2013
1:04 pm

Kasim has been a great mayor. Republicans like good government. And politics don’t mean a whole lot at the local government level; it’s more functional and pragmatic. Budgets are tight and keeping retirement benefits from bankrupting a city is a must. And the real job is making the bureaucracy work efficiently.

oldfart

January 25th, 2013
3:54 pm

Actually what is stupid with both parties but more so with the Republicans is the expectation that everyone within the party go along lock step with each and every party plank. No compromise, no gray areas. Real life is seldom so black and white and freedom to think for yourself should exist, even within the party.

allbell

January 25th, 2013
10:14 pm

jindal—trying to set up the money for a 2016 run—but, rubio will get the call to get hispanic voters. It will not work–too much republican / tea party baggage and damage. Hillary or biden wins in 2016 easily—book it.