October 11, 2003


College Dems Anger Indian-Americans for Attack on GOP Candidate (CNSNews.com, 10, 03)

In an e-mail Tuesday, College Democrats President Ashley Bell, a law student at Louisiana State University, informed students of the upcoming governor's election between Democrat Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco and former Bush administration official Bobby Jindal, who was born a Hindu.

"On Saturday - we nominated Kathleen Blanco the Lt. Governor to be our nominee to take on Bush's personal 'Do Boy' Bobby Jindal," Bell wrote. "Jindal is Arab American and the Republicans [sic] token attempt to mend bridges long burnt with the Arab American community."

The fact that Bell called Jindal an Arab-American caused alarm, but Indian-Americans told CNSNews.com it was shameful for the College Democrats to label him as a token candidate because of his ethnicity.

"Playing the race card is just despicable," said Harin Contractor, an Indian-American student at the University of Georgia. "If that happened to the Jewish-American community or the African-American community ... there would be a huge backlash. But [Bell] doesn't care because we're Indian-American and we don't matter."

Arab, Indian, whatever...

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 11, 2003 10:13 AM

What is really despicable is that no matter what Jindal's background was, angry Dems. like Ms. Bell would bring it up and try to drive the splinter for all they could.

Given her name, I would imagine that her background is Sorority-American; perhaps we should start commenting on that.

Posted by: jim hamlen at October 11, 2003 10:32 AM

And what if a Republican had stated such a stupid thing? It would probably make national news.

It's just natural for Democrats to make such idiotic, insulting and unfounded allegations because nobody ever calls them out.

It would be nice to see some of these statements fisked and played back for them so they can see how ill-informed they really are.

Posted by: NKR at October 11, 2003 10:55 AM

Hmmph. The wonderful multi-culti tapestry. Where you know exactly how to pigeonhole people and use it against them.

Posted by: Twn at October 11, 2003 11:44 AM

For that matter, what's with the article saying Jindal was "born a Hindu?" I had thought his family was Catholic, but even so, wouldn't it be far more correct to say "born into a Hindu family," or "raised Hindu?"

But the article wasn't even talking about religion, so why didn't it call him Indian, instead of Hindu? That shows almost as much ignorance as this Bell nitwit.

Posted by: Timothy at October 11, 2003 12:57 PM

When I read this, I was reminded of that Randy Newman song called "Rednecks". The verse is "College boys from LSU, go in dumb come out dumb too." Although this is not true in general, this line certainly applies to Ms. Bell. I used to live in New Orleans. I attended Loyola of N.O. and never attended LSU up in the red stick.

Posted by: pchuck at October 11, 2003 1:09 PM

Looks like some in the Party of Segregation have decided that both Arabs and East Indians are on the "safe to hate" list. I'm just surprised the multi-cultis haven't got on Jindal's case for rejecting his "Hindu" roots by converting to Catholicism.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 11, 2003 1:45 PM

Let us remember that one James Carville is a graduate of Louisiana State University. Only took him 8 years, too.

Democrats and LSU.

Something in the water down there?


Posted by: SteveMG at October 11, 2003 3:19 PM

pchuck said it. LSU - home of the Liberal Redneck. Such divisive trash coming from so small a mind -- and a law student at that!

Posted by: Dave in LA at October 11, 2003 3:30 PM

Are you all suggesting that this won't help the Dems in LA?

Posted by: David Cohen at October 12, 2003 12:35 PM

Voter turnout in Louisiana was very light for the runoff. After what voters saw could happen in California, I believe turnout in the upcoming election will be much higher. The Jindal/Blanco race will be very competetive.

James Carville does not represent Louisiana thinking.

Posted by: John J. Coupal at October 12, 2003 1:11 PM

But does calling Jindal an Arab cost the Dems vote or gain them votes? Does it keep their voters at home, or his voters at home?

Posted by: David Cohen at October 12, 2003 10:34 PM

Oh, by the way, I'm not suggesting that this is more likely to work in LA than MA. I think it would work a treat here, too.

Posted by: David Cohen at October 12, 2003 10:35 PM

Where are the token leftist commentors? I know hypocrisy should be rooted out at all costs when it pops up on the right (even when ephemeral at best) but this is rather blatant, is it not?

Shropshire, where are you?

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at October 13, 2003 12:53 PM