Tune That Name

May 30, 2007

Much adu is being made over Piyush “Bobby” Jindal’s name. It seems that in a desperate attempt to spread racism, Democrats are trying to remind voters of Jindal’s ethnic background. That their usage of Jindal’s proper name instead of the name Bobby Jindal has been called his entire life is to yell at the voters about Jindal, ‘He’s not white’. It’s not the first time that a person’s name has been used to the opponent’s advantage, but I don’t recall a name being used to spread racism.
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During his campaign against President Bush I, Clinton would say “Mr. Bush” instead of President Bush and throughout the first term, the MSM would treat Bush II in the same manner, referring to the President as “Mr. Bush” instead of “Mr. President”. Even during the Reagan years, Democrats dubbed the President “Ray Gun” for his ‘Star Wars Program’ and called him the “Teflon President”.

It wasn’t just the Democrats who acted this way as Republicans would call the Hillary-Bill tandem “HillBillies” or “Slick Willie”. It could be expected that Democrat opponents and Republicans would refer to Obama Barack by his middle name ‘Hussein’, in an attempt to remind voters of Saddam Hussein. However, in Barack’s case, it may just prove beneficial since it was Osama, not Saddam, who bombed the trade center. Calling him Hussein may cause voters to forget his first name sounds like a terrorist.

But while we are going to make much adu about our candidates names, then isn’t it fair to treat Jindal’s opponents, infact, all candidates with the same respect? One could say candidate Tony G! (Gentile) promotes the first letter instead of his surname because he’s ashamed of his last name. Maybe it sounds too Arabic, or perhaps he’s afraid that voters might think he’s Jewish. Who knows, but if he chooses to go by ‘Tony G!’, he ought to be careful in today’s political atmosphere, somebody might just make an issue of it.

And what about Foster Campbell? What is that? Australian beer soup? That certainly would explain why his campaign theme is to chase away oil refineries, he could then replace them with Australian breweries. Why on earth would somebody choose to go their entire life with the first name Foster? After 18 years, you’d think the guy would have been smart enough to legally change it. The fact that he didn’t ought to be enough to disqualify him from becoming the next Governor.

T. Lee Horne doesn’t sound bad, since his first name is Thomas, but I can’t seem to forget that this guy had thongs with his name on it available for his campaign fundraiser. Do you know how hard it is for me to not assume that he really changed the last letter of his name to ‘E’ from a ‘Y’? It’s a brilliant idea for campaign financing, I’d buy one just for the laughs, but there’s only one way for that to win over votes. That’s a lot of work for a woman if she’s going to use it for campaign material, but if she really believes in him… who knows what she can accomplish? And while we’re on the subject, we have a guy named “Leyoub” considering running?

We also have a guy who has three names, all of which can be found in the Bible, in ‘James David Cain’, a couple of guys with first names in John Georges and Chris John. And Then there is “Hardy Parkerson”… Every time I hear his name, I’m thinking of old pirates (Hardy Har Har) shaking uncontrollably (Parkinson’s disease). In fact, there’s only two candidates in this Governor’s race that has a normal name, Walter Boasso and Raymond Brown.

We have a guy who’s first name is “Royal” running for Attorney General. Another guy who’s called “Spider”, another called “Buddy”, “Tank”, “Romo” (Which is better than Errol), “Mert”, and “Bodi”, which at least are merely nicknames. Could you imagine going through life with the name ‘Cleo Fields‘? I prefer strawberries fields forever. Then there’s Regina ‘Ashford’ Barrow which sounds more like a burned up car than it does a person’s name.

We have a guys named “Noble“, “Clo“, “Hollis“, “Elbert“, and “Elcie“. With names like this and these people still won; And the Democrats think they can win by making an issue of Bobby Jindal’s name “Piyush”? I haven’t even mentioned “Jalila“, “Nita Rusich“, “Avon” (Ding Dong), “Kellogg” (not a last name) and did I mention we have a woman in the Senate whose last name is “Broome“? Shouldn’t she be back in the House cleaning?

There’s “Huey”, oh, “Kingfish”…… Being a Southern state, quite frankly, we should feel fortunate not to have somebody elected named ‘Bubba Billy Bob’ or ‘Ella Marie Mae’. Somehow “Piyush” is a fitting name of a Louisiana Governor.

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17 comments
Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

Im a looser Danny? Just how loose do you think I am? I would suggest you quit your fantasizing.

Phyush
Phyush

Who cares what you think or write ? Your a looser Danny, and loosers don't have any credibilty.

Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

OH! One more thing. Could you please explain why cutting over 200 million in health services as head of Louisiana's Department of Health AFTER he eliminated the deficit was a good thing?

Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

Alyssa: So let me get this straight, he is going to be a great governor just because he will win the election? By that definition then you would have to call Blanco a great governor as well. I doubt you would believe that. Do you think the supposed "great man" Bobby Jindal would approve of name calling? But instead of hurling an insult at you and getting all into a flame war, I am going to ask you a few questions and I will see if you can answer them. Could you please quote where I am "uninformed"? Could you please provide examples of why Congressman Jindal is a "great man"? Could you please explain why we should elect someone who voted to weaken house ethics for Tom Delay, who continues to support the failed Iraq policy of this President to the detriment of our troops, who voted in support of price gouging and who voted against voting rights to american citizens?

alyssa
alyssa

wow daniel, your an uninformed idiot, bobby is a great man, and will be a great govenor, b/c he will win this election, get over your dumbass remarks :)

Phyush
Phyush

Your a poor loser Danny. Jindal will make an ass out of you again. Your way out of your legend.

Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

Susan: If you lean to the left, how on earth can you support Congressman Jindal? That concept just baffles my mind. Anyway, I am a Democrat and I (like many other Louisiana Democrats you wont hear about in the news or on the blogs) do not care about Congressman Jindal's race. He could be red, brown, black, white, blue, green or purple. It doesn't change his policies. What is unfortunate is that the Republican party has been able to make this election about race. The Republican party WANTS us to focus on Jindal's ethnicity and the racists who didn't vote for him last time because they are afraid that if we actually discuss the issues, that we will learn the truth about Congressman Jindal. They also ignore the racists in the Republican party who dont care about someone with an Indian heritage, they just dont like "black people". I cannot tell you how many times the Gereighty campaign was told by Republicans that they would never vote for Democrats because Democrats are a bunch of "N*****R LOVERS". With all the people in the parishes surrounding Orleans that fled New Orleans, I wonder how many of those people match those sentiments. It is quite possible that racists almost help Jindal to WIN the last race (instead of the spin that the northern racists made him lose). Congressman Jindal is not a leader, he is a follower. Congressman Jindal is not a good administrator, he was just a hatchet man at the Department of Health. And Congressman Jindal is not someone that can be counted on to defend our state because he cannot defend himself at debates (the last candidate forum/debate he attended was in September 2004). We need a governor with a spine, not a yellow streak.

Phyush
Phyush

Funny when I think of your name, I think of someone with a d*ckhead. As in gentitile.

Tony G
Tony G

Tony G jewish? Gentile?!!! One time in high school there was there was a young lady named Smadar Kornich. She was from Israel. I used to talk with her and asked her one day "Hey Smadar want me to come over and meet your folks? She was pretty mind you! She looked at me dead serious, you better not come over, I don't think they'd like your last name!

Susan
Susan

wiliedog or you being serious.Because if you are that is just disgusting to me.I am not shocked by knowing there is still racism in our state.I expect it out of some but when i see either party using it,i find it disgusting.Please understand i can belive you,but it just turns my stomach to even think about.I wonder how many are so proud they voted for the white woman over Bobby Jindal.

wiliedog
wiliedog

It's not the first time a name has been used to spread racism. Happened last gubernatorial election with the "Blanco means white" signs. Maybe you didn't see them, but they were out there in NW Louisiana..

Susan
Susan

This is where the democratic party has let me down,With over 10 billion sent to Louisiana we have no one we can be proud of,above the rank of Mayor.I still lean more to left for the national democrat party, but the Louisiana democrat party has left me no other option than to vote and fully support Bobby Jindal for Governor.Between the Louisiana democrat battle cry of, it is not my fault i can not do my job, to people dropping down in the dirt and filth of join the klan and save our land cry against Bobby Jindal.Where was all this democrat Racial support when Don Imus got fired.Why have none of you contacted Al sharpton or Jessie Jackson and complain about Jindals name.Why have none of you demanded Hillary Clinton to attack Bobby because of his name when she was in New Orleans.No this is just an act of desperation from a group who have nothing to left offer louisiana.Vote Bobby Jindal for Governor and Barrack Obama for president.Vote for real change and a better future.Make the democrat party of Louisiana go back to work to get your votes,instead of crying it is somebody else job

Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

Nick: I can't speak for why others do it. I usually just call him "Congressman Jindal" or "Jindal". Rarely will I use "Bobby". The only time I ever use the name "Piyush" is when discussing this absurd issue. One reason I have heard from other people is that they feel that Jindal is trying to hide his heritage behind his nickname, just like he trieds to hide his other flaws (his voting record, his policies, his connections to abramoff and tom delay) through the smokescreen of his campaign. I, personally, feel that there is plenty of "bad" out there and you don't have to harp on the whole "name" issue. Are there some people who call him Piyush for the reasons you state? Im sure! (Just as I know that there are many racists out there who wont vote for Democrats because they call Democrats "N*****R LOVERS"). And I am sure that the number of voters who will vote against Congressman Jindal for his heritage are matched by those other Republican voters who dont vote for Democrats because they believe that Democrats are more supportive of Black people and those bigots just dont like black people. If those votes cancel each other out, then neither side needs the racists to win and maybe we can actually discuss the real issues of the day! I dont believe that Democrats need the racist vote to win. They just need the voters to be more informed. Perhaps im an optimist, but I refuse to stoop to that level. I don't believe in catering to racists so you will never see me do it. George: I like that, but I dont see it happening.

George Blanton
George Blanton

If I were Congressman Jindal, I would start introducing myself at large groups and gatherings as "Piyush" . "Hello I'm Piyush Jindal and want to be your next Governor, but you can call me Bobby if you wish ".

Nick
Nick

Danny: If it's already common knowledge that Jindal's really name is Piyush, then why do (did) Democrats feel the need to use that name instead of what most of Louisiana calls him, "Bobby", when writing their op-eds against him? Did Democrats refer to "Buddy" Leach as Claude when campaigning for him? Did they call "Buddy" Romer Charles? No, they didn't. There is one ONE reason why the local Democrat Party keeps using Piyush. They know there's still alot of bigoted voters in Louisiana, and securing all the racist vote, along with a miracle, is the only way they can win. The Democrats employing this tactic aren't racist, but they're making it obvious they need the racist vote to win.

Daniel Z.
Daniel Z.

Very amusing post I must say. However, it doesn't change the fact that it is not "racist" to refer to someone by their legally given name. I have never heard Congressman Jindal say "I would rather that they not call me that name" nor has he made any effort to change his legally given first name to Bobby. And if Congressman Jindal was that good of a choice for Governor, wouldn't he be able to win regardless of what name was used? Besides, everyone knows that Congressman Jindal's heritage stems from India (even though in his 2006 campaign literature he tried to make himself look as light as possible). It's not like it is a secret. It all reminds me of that scene from Coming to America where the old Jewish Man (played by Eddie Murphy) says "If the man wants to be called Muhammed Ali then he should be called Muhammed Ali". The owner of the shop then says "His momma called him Clay, im gonna call him Clay". I may not have gotten the quotes right, but its pretty much the same thing. The bottom line is this. This whole name thing is a distraction. Im sure there are people on both sides who want the distraction. What we should be focusing on is the record and policy positions of Congressman Jindal and not what we should call him. I for one expect to call him Congressman Jindal well into 2008. Oh, and by the way, why would someone think that Tony Gentile was Jewish? The term Gentile would refer to someone who isn't Jewish.

Susan
Susan

Avman this is one of your best yet i think.I really loved the Australian beer soup comment.

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