The Triple-Headed Monster

Fresh from becoming an international laughing-stock for telling the British their country is riddled with Sharia-ruled “no go zones,” Bobby Jindal is back home, and without missing a beat, is insisting these non-existent zones are coming to America. Here’s the story from BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a potential Republican candidate for president, warned in an interview Monday on the Family Research Council’s Washington Watch radio program of the possibility of so-called Muslim “no go zones” coming to America, focusing later on what he called a possible sharia “colonization” and “invasion” of America.

“If we’re not careful the same no-go zones you’re seeing now in Europe will come to America,” said Jindal singling out those in “academic” and “media elite” who he said “don’t want to proclaim American exceptionalism….”

Jindal said it was unacceptable to have people who come and try to “conquer us,” calling it “colonization” and “an invasion” that could lead to more “lone wolf” terror attacks.

It’s not real clear exactly what Jindal proposes to do about this “threat” unless he just wants to ban Muslim immigrants he doesn’t deem as sufficiently “assimilated.”

But the political motive here is pretty clear. Bobby’s trying to take conservatives fears about immigration, Islam, and terrorism and weave them into a titanic threat: a triple-headed monster of un-Americanism. It worked for some Republican candidates during the last cycle, and it probably made a serious contender out of carpetbagger Scott Brown in New Hampshire. Bobby’s a presidential candidate looking for a signature theme to elevate himself among the conservative mob. Sounds like he thinks he’s found it, and he’s not going to let mere facts or ridicule from Eurotrash get in his way.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.