This article by Heather Cox Richardson in Salon contains one of the best and most succinct publications I’ve ever read concerning the formation and evolution of the modern Conservative movement. It goes on to describe how Jindal has possibly and quite cynically splintered and revealed the true nature of the Business and Social wings of the Conservative Movement.
In his op-ed, Jindal undertook to explain to business leaders how Movement Conservatism works. Its political strategy, he lectured, “requires populist social conservatives to ally with the business community on economic matters and corporate titans to side with social conservatives on cultural matters.” The governor is right: Since the 1980s big business interests have managed to secure policies that have concentrated wealth at the very top of the economic ladder, and they have managed their coup only with the help of the votes of social conservatives.
But Jindal’s hyperbolic posturing as he warns “any corporation” “bullying” social conservatives into accepting same-sex marriage to “Save your breath,” reveals a touchstone moment: This grand alliance is over.