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Gov. Bobby Jindal to RNC: It’s time to ‘stop being the stupid party’

http://twitter.com/#!/BobbyJindal/status/294489580797820928

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he’d use his speech to the Republican National Committee in Charlotte, N.C.,  tonight to “refute Barack Obama’s liberal vision” and urge his party to “recalibrate the compass of conservatism.” Though he didn’t have much to say about Obama specifically, he did have plenty to say about the GOP and the direction he thinks it needs to take to win elections again.

Gov Jindal addresses the RNC Winter Meetingwith, after losing 2 elections, some cold, hardtruths twitter.com/juliana4ncw/st…

— Juliana Bergeron (@juliana4ncw) January 25, 2013

Jindal says first of all America is not the federal government, in fact America is not government at all #RNCwintermeeting

— SalenaZito (@SalenaZitoTrib) January 25, 2013

Jindal says of the govt: It’s like your family visiting at the holidays

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) January 25, 2013

In America, government is one of those things you have to have, but you sure don’t want too much of it.

— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) January 25, 2013

Jindal at RNC: ‘We seem to have an obsession with government bookkeeping.This is a rigged game, and it is the wrong game for us to play.’

— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 25, 2013

Jindal: “If more government were the answer to our problems, our economy would be booming right now.”

— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 25, 2013

Jindal: We have fallen into a trap of believing that the world revolves around Washington, that the economy is based there.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 25, 2013

Jindal: If we keep believing that, government will grow so big that it will take us all down with it.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) January 25, 2013

Jindal “If you take nothing else away from what I say tonight, we must not become the party of austerity.we must become the party of growth”

— Dianne Gallagher (@DianneG) January 25, 2013

Jindal: If our main goal is to manage the slow decline of the usa count me out – that’s what we have democrats for.

— Nick Kalman (@NickKalmanFN) January 25, 2013

Jindal: ‘No, the Republican Party does not need to change our principles, but we might need to change just about everything else we do.’

— Byron York (@ByronYork) January 25, 2013

Jindal: If you believe in higher taxes, more spending, weakness abroad, and taking guns from Americans, you should vote for Democrats.

— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 25, 2013

Some of that tough medicine for the GOP came in the form of an entreaty to “stop being the stupid party” and making statements that damage the GOP brand.

Jindal: “We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. I’m serious, it’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults.”

— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) January 25, 2013

Bobby Jindal: “We’ve had a number of GOPers who damaged the brand with offensive comments…we’ve had enough of that.”

— Sunny (@sunnyright) January 25, 2013

Jindal: “We have to stop being the stupid party” referencing things said by GOP candidates last election cycle i.e. #legitimaterape

— Nick Kalman (@NickKalmanFN) January 25, 2013

Jindal had plenty of critics following along with his speech, but his remarks were targeted strictly to the Republicans he was addressing.

Let’s remember it was #Jindal who said “Gov’t is not the answer” when he runs hat in hand to FEMA aftr another devastating hurricane. #ICant

— Maximus™ (@MaximusShelby) January 25, 2013

Bobby Jindal Just ended Hospice care in LA He’s a cold hearted Bastard and needs to be stopped!

— thedamnyankee2 (@thedamnyankee2) January 25, 2013

GOP promises a different face to come. Good luck hiding the party’s elitism, racism & homophobia.huff.to/11UfxnA via @huffpostpol

— Denis Donovan (@denisgaltymore) January 25, 2013

You stupid if u think Bobby Jindal is”for you”.

— J(@jademeyers_) January 25, 2013

Jindal 2016: Same shit; new bucket.

— David Roberts (@drgrist) January 25, 2013

Bobby jindal blowing up Twitter w his Douchebag Republican rants

— Deniece Miller(@ObamaCajun) January 25, 2013

@jwgop If #Jindal is the GOP answer’s to expanding the base, Hillary is the next President. It’s not a person or message. IT’S POLICY.

— Christoph (@pubhealthchris) January 25, 2013

Positive sign about Jindal is how angry, unhinged & bigoted he makes liberals.

— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) January 25, 2013

It would be difficult not to see Jindal’s speech tonight as an early hint at a run for president in 2016.

@byronyork jindal sounds like he’s priming the pump for a run.

— Patrick Allen (@pallen1635) January 25, 2013

Where the heck was Bobby Jindal when we needed him last year??? #Jindal2016

— Ab’e Froma’n (@8ironchip) January 25, 2013

Gov. Jindal has the potential to be the GOP’s first true successor to Ronald Reagan in terms of principles and practicality. Run Bobby, Run!

— J. Shaka (@jjshaka) January 25, 2013

At RNC, Jindal quotes Thatcher, embraces populism, mocks NYT editorial board, hits Romney implicitly & grabs for 2016 outsider mantle.

— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) January 25, 2013

Jindal, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Santorum, Rubio, Chris Christie…the GOP field for 2016.

— Steve Weinstein (@steveweinstein) January 25, 2013

Ok, so add Jindal to the list of those running for POTUS in 2016.

— Olliander (@ollieblog) January 25, 2013

If Rep. Paul Ryan is another name on that list, was Jindal’s complaint about an obsession with numbers being a losing game an early shot across the bow?

THIS RT @amyewalter:Jindal spch 2 RNC repudiation of Paul Ryan approach.Calls “obsession w/ govt bookkeeping” a “rigged game” & “wrong game”

— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) January 25, 2013

Does anyone really believe that Jindal isn’t thinking of running in 2016?

Any Republican who’s already thinking of running in 2016 “needs to get his head examined” @bobbyjindal says

— Michael Falcone (@michaelpfalcone) January 25, 2013