Damned Socialist European Bankers!

A lot of times politicians just roll the tapes and spout the same rhetoric day after day even on days when it rings an awkward tone. You have to wonder what Bobby Jindal meant with this comment (per The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley) on the very day that Europe was forcing the Greek people to the brink in order to make those lefty scofflaws pay their damn bills and get rid of their profligate welfare state:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) on Sunday accused President Obama and former secretary of State Hillary Clinton of dragging the nation to socialism.

“I’m running [for president] because I want to stop President Obama and Secretary Clinton from turning the American dream into the European nightmare,” Jindal said on the John Catsimatidis radio show on New York’s AM 970. “We are on the path towards socialism. It’s not too late but the hour is late.”

There’s no audiotape or transcript available from that show just yet, so it’s possible Jindal explained the slap at Europe as something other than the usual “American exceptionalism” demagoguery that’s about as accurate a depiction of life in Europe as some yahoo telling his children to eat their breakfast because other kids are starving in Japan. But it was a strange day to be accusing Europe of socialism.

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.