Now is the Time on Sprockets When We Pander

Okay, pretend you’re Bobby Jindal. And in 2012, you lobbied for and signed into law a bill that opted the state of Louisiana into the Common Core curriculum. But in the last two years it’s become politically inconvenient to endorse Common Core if you want to run for president as a Republican. What do you do? You sue the Obama administration over Common Core.

Louisiana’s state school superintendent John White supports Common Core, an effort to foster interstate consistency in education standards. So does the state board of education. So does the state legislature, for that matter, which passed a law in 2012 enabling the state to opt in to Common Core standards. Indeed, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) actively pushed for this 2012 law, which he signed. Recently, however, Jindal decided that he actually opposes Common Core, although he’s not been successful in convincing White, the state education board or the state legislature to join him in opposition.

So Jindal has turned to what has become the last refuge for conservative officials and activists who can’t get what they want through a legitimate lawmaking process. He’s suing the Obama Administration in federal court.

If you are confused, you should be. Louisiana’s decision to embrace Common Core standards was not made by President Obama or any member of his administration. It was made by Louisiana state officials and Louisiana state lawmakers. One of them was Bobby Jindal. As a general rule, federal courts do not exist to resolve purely internal disputes among state-level political figures.

Just keep pandering, Bobby. Don’t worry about pesky little things like “facts” and “logic.”

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  • D. C. Sessions

    I wonder how long the motion for dismissal for failure to state a claim will be.

  • Chiroptera

    What? That can’t be right. Conservatives trying to get activist judges to overturn the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives?

  • dhall

    There is no bottom to the stupid, is there. It really is a bottomless pit. What will he do, claim that his signature was forged? Or that he was threatened with waterboarding if he didn’t sign? Or he thought he was signing something else? Seriously, if I’m the judge, Jindal and his lawyers are going to wish the hell they never tried this idiocy.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Seriously, if I’m the judge, Jindal and his lawyers are going to wish the hell they never tried this idiocy.

    I suspect that the game is to run against the “activist judge” no matter how it plays.

  • dingojack

    Ed, wasn’t “Now is the Time on Sprockets When We Pander” a Harlan Ellison story from the late 60’s?

    Dingo

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2XG9CnOj8 Olav

    Off topic, but it has to do with education. The new education policy for the Islamic State / caliphate in Syria:

    http://www.raqqa-sl.com/?p=1678

    The christian fundamentalists will be quite jealous.

  • celcus

    Well, at least it’s distracted him from bankrupting the State of Louisiana for a while.

  • Larry

    The goto plan for any effort to change laws the gop doesn’t like is

    A) Use the legislative process to change the law.

    B) Pout, moan, and whine

    C) Try and get it thrown out in court all the while complaining about legislating through the courts

    D) Blame Obama

    Answer:

    B, C, and D in any combination

  • busterggi

    This is the same Bobby Jindal who said the Republican party should stop being the stupid party.

  • D. C. Sessions

    This is the same Bobby Jindal who said the Republican party should stop being the stupid party.

    Well, I can see several solutions to that little problem:

    1) Maybe this really is smart, and we’re the ones who don’t understand.

    2a) He thinks it is smart

    2b) For his base, this looks smart. And that’s all that matters.

    3) He lied.

  • matty1

    It’s Obama’s fault that Jindal is an idiot.

  • vmanis1

    It could be a Harlan Ellison title (`Repent, Harlequin, Cried The Tick-Tock Man’), but my money is on David Sedaris (`Let’s Talk To Owls About Diabetes’).

  • dingojack

    vmanis1 – Or how about ‘I Count the Clock that Tells the Time’.

    Dingo

    ———

    PS Nice to see someone appreciates my dry scholastic jokes told in to my own beard.

  • Chiroptera

    I think “Now is the time on Sprockets when we…” was a recurring sketch on the US tv program Saturday Night Live. I only know that because I looked it up when someone else made a similar reference.

  • anubisprime

    @ OP

    Just keep pandering, Bobby. Don’t worry about pesky little things like “facts” and “logic.”

    Seems that “facts” and “logic.” has fuck all to do with anything…this stinks like sheer desperation in spite of and not because!

    Would a court appointed judge entertain this nonsense after more then a cursory glance at the filed ‘complaint’?

    And if it did go to trial…what then Jindal’s fingerprints are all over the supposed evidence?

    He would be indicting himself by that logic!

    Makes you wonder at the quality of folks he has surrounding his little enclave of the dumb nexus!

    All ‘yes’ men apparently…’I want to embarrass Obama and get rid of this millstone of a curriculum which irritates the dumbfuck contingent in the Rethugs…gonna sue the SOB…’

    Minion…’As you say Bobby …so shall it be!’

  • John Pieret

    BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, sorry … am I in the wrong thread?

    Hmmm … maybe not!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yes, Common Core passed a Southern state’s legislature in 2012, but that was all part of the UN’s Agenda 21 plan to expand Medicaid, thwarting Keystone XL and engaging in the next front on the War on Coal. So, clearly, Obama’s behind it.

  • Michael Heath

    matty1 writes:

    It’s Obama’s fault that Jindal is an idiot.

    Yes, in exactly the same way America caused Newt Gingrich to cheat on his wives and abandon them.

  • dan4

    @15: Jesus, ease up on the caffeine.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Okay, pretend you’re Bobby Jindal.

    Okay. Will do. Bit hard since I don’t know the guy well but righty-o.

    in 2012, you lobbied for and signed into law a bill that opted the state of Louisiana into the Common Core curriculum. But in the last two years it’s become politically inconvenient to endorse Common Core if you want to run for president as a Republican. What do you do?

    Hmm .. decide to change my mind ad say iwas wrongand this is why ? Or argue for it anyhow and try to convince people or just ignore the issue or ..

    You sue the Obama administration over Common Core.

    What? Nope! No-oo, no way. If I were Bobby Jindal I would not do that.

    Although I take it with him being him its what he’s doing yeah? How very wrong and pointless.

  • http://thebronzeblog.wordpress.com/ Bronze Dog

    Hmm .. decide to change my mind ad say iwas wrongand this is why ?

    I recall hearing about a surgery done on politicians in Laputa where politicians have half their brains exchanged with those of their opposition to achieve moderation. I suspect most US politicians have had their ability to admit mistakes surgically removed. I don’t know how widespread it is in the rest of the world, but I suspect it’s quite commonplace.

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    dhall, he should claim that he didn’t know what he was signing because he was recovering from surgery at the time. It worked for Reagan.

  • dhall

    #22 sigurd jorsalfar – I guess the judge could then request documentation proving the timing and nature of the surgery. I was going to say “proof,” or “evidence,” but I don’t Bobby to show off any scars in the courtroom. Or admit that the alleged surgery consisted of a manicure or getting a tattoo.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    What would the courts think about someone suing their own ass over… whatever the problem here is supposed to be?

  • eric

    Near as I can tell, Jindal’s angle is that common core comes with a bunch of grants, and that the fed providing these grants to participating states somehow infringes on state governance of their education system.

    So, Jindal’s plan is signiifcantly more horrible than just not using some common curricula. He’s basically planning on denying federal educational grant funding to LA because taking it might be seen as supporting the Obama administration (similar to what some conservative governors did with medicare).