The latest parade of ideological purity involves GOP governors refusing stimulus money.
Jindal is one of a small group of Republican governors, which includes South Carolina’s Mark Sanford and Mississippi’s Haley Barbour, who have said they might refuse some or all of the stimulus money targeted to their states.
There are, of course, questions as to how this best represents their constituents, but more interestingly it can be seen as the triumph of ideology over governance. Ezra elaborates:
Jindal and Sanford, of course, are running for president. But this is a very particular theory of the Republican primaries. They don’t expect to be judged on whether they’re successful governors. They expect to be judged on ideological purity. And the point they’re making is that when the two conflict, they will side with ideology. The fact that rejecting the funds is obviously bad for the state is also why it’s such a good political move: It shows they are ideologues rather than pragmatists. When you’re dealing with a party that still thinks tax cuts raise revenues, that’s an important point to prove.
One wonders how this will play out in 2012.