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RUSH: Let’s go to the audio sound bites, ladies and gentlemen. I want to start here with number two, Mike. Bobby Jindal, the governor-elect of Louisiana. I want to go back and just share something with you something from 2005. This is during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. I proposed the Limbaugh Plan for New Orleans, and this is how it sounded.

RUSH ARCHIVE: Okay, libs, we’ve tried it your way for 60 years and now we’re going to try it our way: enterprise zones, school vouchers, turning renters into owners, rebuilding this place without rebuilding slums. We’re not going to rebuild it the way it was with the same architecture and the same structure politically and everything else. It is a pretty decent opportunity here.

RUSH: The Limbaugh Plan. New Orleans had been run unchecked and most of the state as well, for 60 years, by liberalism. It was a microcosm of exactly what will happen to a country or community where liberalism has total control. You saw people unable to help themselves, unwilling to help themselves, incompetent in that area. You saw a government that was ineffective in evacuating all the people out of there, even though they had numerous buses at their disposal — and then, in the aftermath, we saw the breakdown of civility and law and order and a number of other things, and then the liberals started talking about, ‘Boy, it’s just such a shame. We’ve lost so much of the wonderful culture, the vibrant culture of New Orleans,’ and, in large part, they were talking about the slum areas, the poverty areas! Somehow, they were upset. And so the Limbaugh Plan was proposed: Let’s try it a new way in New Orleans, great opportunity. And, lo and behold, Bobby Jindal comes along, runs for governor, and says, basically, he’s going to implement the Limbaugh Plan. He was on Fox News Sunday yesterday, and Chris Wallace said to him, ‘Obviously your biggest job is going to be continue the rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina. What are you going to do about it?’

JINDAL: New Orleans had challenges before the storms. Let’s not pretend like the storms created the crime problems, the housing problems, the educational problems. The storms created a lot of new problems, but they’ve given us a chance to fix problems that were plaguing what I would call one of America’s greatest cities even before the storms. Let’s be bold. Let’s make some real changes. Let’s not just rebuild the failed public housing complexes. Let’s not rebuild the failing public schools. We have a very aggressive charter school, a very aggressive reform movement taking root in New Orleans. Let’s be aggressive. Let’s not rebuild the large public charity hospital without also helping people afford private preventive coverage. One of the most effective programs down here has been a Go Zone program that has reduced taxes, giving tax advantage treatment for people that want to invest down here.

RUSH: Weeeeell! Now, how did this happen? How did Bobby Jindal end up getting elected in this state that’s been run by liberal Democrats for all these years? Remember after Hurricane Katrina, the focus in the Drive-By Media was how the Bush administration didn’t care because of the people’s race down there, and may have even rigged those levees to flood! I mean, the conspiracy that abounded! By the way, have you heard some of the conspiracy theories about the fire from some of the Looney Toon, fringe kooks? Honest to God, the funniest one I have heard — and this is on liberal radio — is that the private security firm Blackwater set the fires in San Diego because they wanted those people who live there out, because they want to build a new facility there, and so the best way to get those people out of there and the cheapest way for Blackwater was to start a fire, and that makes people afraid to go back and rebuild. Honest! They believe this! They believe it. It’s the same bunch of people that drive around with ‘9/11 Was an Inside Job’ bumper stickers on the backs of their cars. Do you think they really believe that? If they thought 9/11 was an inside job… You talk about civil war? There would be a civil war now, if they really believed this. I don’t think these liberals believe half this stuff. They just say it to make themselves feel better. Now, some of these people articulating this do believe it. Blackwater — of all entities, now, Blackwater — set the fires in San Diego.

So we had, after Hurricane Katrina, the same kind of conspiracy theories. Bush wanted the levees to not hold so that New Orleans would be flooded. He wanted all the residents out of there, because he wanted the state to become Republican. All of these conspiracy theories abounded. Now, you tell me: How in the world did Bobby Jindal win down there? If the focus of the Drive-Bys was so much on the incompetence of FEMA and how Bush didn’t care, and how Bush was a racist, and how Bush might have even steered the hurricane, how they knew it was coming, but nobody properly warned anybody. I’ll tell you how it happened. People in the Louisiana know full well that it was the local and the state people that made a mess of things down there, both before and after, and they simply got fed up with it. Now, I mention this to you because the Drive-Bys are amazed. They were stunned that this happened. A person of color not a Democrat won a state governorship that the Drive-Bys and the Democrats consider theirs in perpetuity. So they’re stunned by this. This is a classic illustration. Despite the inundation, despite the wall-to-wall, nonstop bias and drivel in the Drive-By Media, the people of Louisiana were unaffected by it. They live there, and they know exactly why things were in a shambles and what to do to fix it. Here’s another little example of Bobby Jindal and his conservatism, this Limbaugh echo, and this one’s number two. This is November 8, 2006. I said the following on this program.

RUSH ARCHIVE: Republicans lost last night, but conservatism did not — and that is, to me, one of the fundamental elements of last night’s results. Conservatism did not lose. Republicans lost last night. In fact, Republicanism, being a political party first rather than an ideological movement, is what lost.

RUSH: Amen. Ten four. Bobby Jindal’s version of that. Chris Wallace said, ‘What lesson do you think your party should learn from your campaign and your success in Louisiana?’

JINDAL: The reason Republicans did so poorly in 2006 wasn’t that the country stopped being conservative. It was the party stopped being conservative. It’s not enough to want power for the sake of wanting power. As the Republican Party gets to its principled roots, it will see more enthusiasm among voters. Voters don’t want you to pretend to be an imitation of your opponents. They want you to stick to your principles and be honest. Even if you disagree with a voter, tell them where you stand.

RUSH: Now, this is Louisiana. This is Bobby Jindal. This is how he campaigned. He won the governorship in a liberal state by talking to Republicans this way. There are many, many massive lessons here to be learned for other Republicans seeking office. Don’t try to out-liberal the liberals, or don’t think you can be 20% liberal in certain states and attract liberal voters away from liberals because the liberals are going to go with the genuine article each and every time.

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