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Jindal to GOP: You look terrible

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal addresses the Nebraska Republican convention in Grand Island, Neb., Saturday, July 14, 2012 (Nati Harnik -- Associated Press)

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) laid out a series of "structural reforms," laws he said would prevent a dysfunctional Congress and the White House from facing future apocalyptic-themed economic standoffs in a Politico op-ed on Thursday. 

He also suggested his party is on the losing end of the messaging war over the current "fiscal cliff" negotiations: 

Elections have consequences, and the country is going to feel those consequences soon.

But in the negotiations, Republicans certainly should fight to at least get something done that will matter. At present, any reading of the headlines over the past week indicates that Republicans are fighting to protect the rich and cut benefits for seniors. It may be possible to have worse political positioning than that, but I’m not sure how.

Jindal suggested a series of new laws -- a balanced budget amendment, caps on discretionary spending, term limits and a rule requiring a super majority to raise taxes, which he says the GOP could fight for in exchange for a fiscal cliff compromise. 

As Slate's Dave Wiegel points out, the GOP tried unsuccessfully for the first three of those in the 2011 debt limit negotiations with its "cut, cap, and balance" measure that passed the House and was shot down in the Senate.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.



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