Gov. Bobby Jindal is making headlines across the country, as much for his veep frontrunner status as his June 29 Freudian slip.
To be sure, the gov’s stature in the GOP is rising as he travels the country delivering the Republican Party’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, reiterating his refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana and says he will not establish private insurance exchanges. But he’s still got some public speaking problems to overcome. On Friday — much to the delight of Democrats who have said all along that the Affordable Care Act was modeled after "Romneycare," Gov. Mitt Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts — he called the law’s author “Obamney.”
Already, International Business Times is speculating that this may be the gaffe that puts his veep aspirations on hold:
Considered one of the front-runners as Mitt Romney’s possible running mate, Bobby Jindal may have to put his vice presidential aspirations on hold because of a slip of the tongue. On Friday, the Republican governor of Louisiana misspoke and referred to the president’s health-care plan as “Obamneycare.”
The gaffe occurred while Jindal was on a conference call with a fellow GOP governor, Bob McDonnell of Virginia. Here’s the direct quote: “There’s only one candidate, Gov. Romney, who’s committed that he will repeal the Obamney — the Obamacare tax increase. He will repeal Obamacare as soon as he’s elected. So to me, the choice going forward is very clear.”
McDonnell has also been in the conversation as a possible vice presidential candidate, as noted by Politico, so it is a bit of a shame Jindal’s slip happened while the two were on the phone. Voters were unable to see McDonnell as he may have grinned and even danced around the room a bit, knowing his fellow Republican might have just ceded his spot on the ticket.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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