Monday, June 16, 2008

Bobby Jindal: Change The Wingnut Way

The young Republican governor of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, has been suggested as one possible running mate for John McCain. He has many advantages: He is young, handsome, a man of color (of Indian origin) and he belongs to that ultra-Catholic group of which Scalia is the most famous example. Such people make the hearts of some fundamentalists clap louder. Megan McArdle of the Atlantic loves him so much:

Of course, I'm just in that first flush of puppy love, when a journalist meets a handsome young politician who just might be The One. Soon enough, I'll undoubtedly find things about him to hate. But frankly, it's rare enough to meet one I like. True love may have to wait.

There are women who always fall in love with men who are not good for them, sigh. Let me tell Megan more about Bobby Jindal:

Bobby Jindal has a 100% pro-life voting record according to the National Right to Life Committee.[22][23] He opposes abortion without exception.[24] However, he does not condemn medical procedures meant to save the life of a pregnant woman that would indirectly cause the termination of the pregnancy.[25][26] Jindal also supports the use of emergency contraception in the case of rape.[27] He opposes embryonic stem cell research[28] and voted against increasing federal funding to expand embryonic stem cell lines.[29]

To oppose abortion without exception means that there will be no abortion in the case of rape, say, or in the case of the woman's health being endangered.

He's also for the teaching of intelligent design in schools. How he would feel about supporting the anti-discrimination laws I do not know, but I recall reading a comment or two by him earlier which suggested that he is no friend of feminism.

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