As the GOP looks forward to future elections, some of its potentail future leaders call for taking a look at the party’s messaging problem. On of those is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, who shared his thoughts on this subject in an article for “The Hill”:
“Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016, I’ve said, needs to get their head examined,” Jindal told “Fox and Friends.” “And the reason I say that is, we’ve lost two presidential elections in a row, we need to be winning the debate of ideas, then we’ll win elections.”
Jindal, considered an early front-runner for the Republican nomination, said that the party’s struggles despite polling showing a desire for smaller government was evidence that a reboot was necessary.
“We’re not winning the conversation, we’re not presenting our ideas, we’re not in that debate as well as we should be,” Jindal said.
The popular governor, who was reelected last year, also said the nation was likely fatigued with presidential politics.
“The country doesn’t need four years of non-stop presidential — we just inaugurated a new term of this president’s second term,” Jindal said.
Jindal has a valid point about the GOP’s failure to present it ideas. Right after the election Breitbart’s “BigGovernment.com” noted that exit polling data indicated that a majority of Americans thought the government was doing too much:
Fifty-three percent of voters believed government is “doing too much” while 41% said government “should do more.”
Four years ago, these numbers were flipped, with 51% of Americans in 2008 saying government “should do more” while 43% said government is doing too much.
Obama, of course, rammed through Obamacare and tried to pass Cap and Trade legislation, which, along with his other big government tendencies and excesses, seems to have pushed Americans into wanting more limited government.
It is clear that the American people were not sold on Obama’s expansion of the role of government, but the GOP failed to capitalize on this weariness.