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.”