Jindal Joins the Club; A Response Refresher
By Paul Volpe
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who delivered a widely panned response to President Obama's address to Congress last night, should be comforted to know that his performance likely will not affect his chance for a spot on the GOP ticket in 2012.
While the response traditionally was delivered by a member congress, the recent trend has been to choose a rising star (and often, an outsider) to be the voice of the opposition.
And while these responses tend not to be memorable, they provide a national stage for politicians who have big ambitions.
Below is a glance at the last five responses and how the deliverers have fared since. A response refresher going back to 1997 -- complete with transcripts -- can be found here at the interactive graphic "Past Responses to the Annual Presidential Address to Congress".
2009 Republican Response: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal
Although the reception hasn't been favorable, Jindal has a lot of time of make up for it. He will run for reelection in 2010 and likely will remain a face of the GOP.
2008 Democratic Response:Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
Term limited out of office after eight years, Sebelius was on Obama's vice presidential short list and has been mentioned as a possible candidate for secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as the open Senate seat being vacated by Sam Brownback, who is running for governor.
2007 Democratic Response: Virginia Sen. Jim Webb
An outspoken opponent to the Iraq War with a military background, Webb gained a following after beating popular incumbent George Allen. His name popped up as a potential running mate for Obama before he removed himself from consideration.
2006 Democratic Response: Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine
Also on Obama's veep short list, Kaine brought a different face to the Democratic response. A popular Democratic governor in an increasingly purple state, Kaine will be term-limited out after four years and was named chairman of the Democratic National Committee by Obama in January.
2005 Democratic Response: Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.)
Reid and Pelosi led the Democrats back to the majority in 2006, with Pelosi becoming the first woman to serve as speaker of the house.
Posted at 2:54 PM ET on Feb 25, 2009
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