Bobby Jindal on government shutdown: "We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington"

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Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011. - GAGE SKIDMORE/CREATIVE COMMONS
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans in 2011.


Louisiana Gov. (and frequent editorialist) Bobby Jindal is also chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and in a commentary posted this morning on The Daily Caller, he sought to put plenty of air between GOP governors and the fiscal battles that have resulted in a partial shutdown of the U.S. government — particularly on the Republican side:

With all this dysfunction, Republican governors are not going to take a back seat to anyone in Washington anymore.

Up until now, we have just lived with the brand that Washington gave us. Republican governors don’t just talk about conservative ideas, we put them into action. The answers aren’t coming from Washington. Republican governors are driving the American comeback.

We are no longer going to outsource the Republican brand to the folks in Washington.


In his essay (and on Twitter), Jindal asserts "The dysfunction in Washington is the fault of President Obama," but an ABC News-Washington Post poll taken yesterday suggests that while Obama takes some of the criticism for budget negotiations, it's Congressional Republicans who are bearing the brunt of it ...

Barely one in four (26 percent) approve of congressional Republicans’ handling of budget negotiations, while 34 percent approve of their Democratic counterparts and 41 percent approve of Obama’s approach. In each case, larger numbers say they “disapprove” of how Republicans, Democrats and Obama are handling things. Underscoring the disgruntled mood, 27 percent of Americans disapprove of all three. 

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