Today in his speech at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) complained that characterizations of the GOP as the “Party of No” are hurtful:
Speaker Pelosi likes to call the Republicans the ‘Party of No.’ Some of us, we don’t like the way that sounds. It hurts our feelings. … Speaker Newt Gingrich said yesterday the Republicans need to be the ‘Party of Yes,’ and he is right.
Yet in the very next breath, Jindal exclaimed that the GOP isn’t just the “party of No,” but instead “the party of Hell No when it comes to this health care!” The irony appeared to be lost on the crowd. Watch it:
Jindal, who was widely mocked for delivering an “amateurish” response to President Obama’s address before Congress in 2009, had his share of awkward moments today. For example, at one point, Jindal told the audience, “we do have ideas; some of those ideas are even good ideas.” Is Jindal tacitly acknowledging that the GOP also has many bad ideas?
Jindal isn’t the only conservative who is offering confused talking points. Speaking at a rally with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) earlier this week, Sarah Palin offered similar discombobulated thoughts. Palin called the “Party of No” label a “mistaken concept” right before saying there is nothing “wrong with being the Party of No” in the face of Obama’s agenda.