If there’s a constant theme I’ve been hitting since Election Day, it’s that no one should be fooled by all the “soul-searching” going on in the Republican Party. To the extent it genuinely exists, it’s mostly about rhetoric, tone, and how Republicans sell the same old ideology and policies.

At WaPo, Greg Sargent notes one of the most glaring examples of the gap between “style points” and substance involves a certain governor:

Bobby Jindal, one of the most vocal critic of Romney’s “gift” claim, has called for the repeal of Obamacare to end Obama’s “culture of dependence.”

Pols like Jindal are perfectly entitled to express their threadbare belief that conservative policies will ultimately benefit everyone in the country, typically via the classic trickle-down means. But when combined with the usual “culture of dependency” rhetoric (a favorite of Paul Ryan’s as well), it differs only in the smallest degree from Romney’s suggestion of a corrupt bargain between Democrats and those who benefit from America’s anemic version of a welfare state.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.