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Republicans: Worse than You Can Imagine (Bobby Jindal Edition)

Matthew Yglesias asks the natural question:

Matthew Yglesias: Jindal Speech: What’s with the attack on “something called ‘volcano monitoring’”? Volcano monitoring is where they monitor volcanos. So as to better understand, better predict, and better prepare for natural disasters. Is that so complicated? Are only hurricanes worth responding to?...

And a commenter writes:

Jindal didn't used to talk like this. Check what he was saying two years ago http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/06/mccain-and-jind.html and >http://thinkprogress.org/2009/02/24/jindal-unemployment-insurance-katrina/>--Jindal was all in favor of federal funding for the state, unemployment benefits, government reform, merging departments, etc, not just spending austerity and opposed to volcano-monitoring.

John Huntsman and Charlie Crist have been playing this much smarter than Jindal. I feel like the guy's getting bad advice about what he, this non-white guy who'll be 41 in 2012, needs to do to win over the base.