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Jindal to Counter Obama Congressional Address

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Republicans have selected the person to lead their counter-programming after Barack Obama gives an address to a joint session of Congress on Feb. 24: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

While Obama's speech won't be a formal State of the Union address, Congressional Republicans announced today that Jindal will star in the traditional role of a speech from a leading figure of the opposition party after the State of the Union and speak from Baton Rouge following the president.

"Governor Jindal embodies what I have long said: the Republican Party must not be simply the party of 'opposition,' but the party of better solutions," House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement announcing Jindal's speech. "His stewardship of the state of Louisiana, dedication to reforming government, and commitment to bringing forth new and innovative ideas make him a leader not just within the Republican Party, but in our nation as a whole."

While the selection of the Indian-American Jindal is hardly a surprise, as many in the GOP view him as their party's leading presidential prospect, the appearance will be Jindal's more prominent on the national stage. Jindal, who won the Louisiana governor's mansion in 2007, has so far shot down speculation about running for the presidency in 2012.

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Why Jindal?

Michael Steele is the new GOP leader.

Exactly what I was thinking. I guess the GOP hasn't really changed. ANYTHING and ANYONE, but a black man for that party.

An improbable party for improbable people.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | February 17, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

At least Jindal is not a secret Muslim agent.

Posted by: JakeD | February 14, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal is a complete fraud, and also a shameless panderer to the Religious Right. Here is a person, well-educated (Brown, Oxford), who signed into law a bill which allowing the teaching of creationism. Jindal majored in biology in Brown, and certainly knows better. His entire political career has been to get one job (for which he is unqualified) and use it as a springboard to another job. First a state bureaucrat, then a federal bureaucrat, then a Congressman who missed vote after important vote. Now he's governor and running hard for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. It is claimed that he has enacted ethics legislation in Louisiana, but when one looks closely at the ethics revamp, it is actually worse than the law before, since it requires a much stricter level of proof to show a breach of ethical standards. Although he appears to be a moderate, his shameless alliance with the Bible-thumpers undermines this. He also has displayed no leadership, as the political columnist John Maginnis demonstrated recently. This state is facing a serious shortfall in revenue, and Jindal wants to cut social programs, while not elliminating tax advantages for the rich and big corporations. He is uncommunicative, adopts a lordly air, and hunkers down in the Governor's office, coming forth only to issue windy statements prefaced by the imperial first-person plural. A truly empty man, he will be tested in the next few months during the regular legislative session. He already made a fool of himself last year by first supporting a legislative pay-raise, and then going south on it. Not that he was wrong, one way or another, but the impression persists that he is a wavering, insecure figure.

Posted by: Mozarabica | February 14, 2009 11:59 AM | Report abuse

JakeD makes the mistake of thinking I am holding a conversation with it, when I am in fact merely describing a disease.

Posted by: nodebris | February 13, 2009 12:19 AM | Report abuse


That was my impression as well. Welcome aboard!

Posted by: JakeD | February 12, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Hi JakeD:

I was impressed with Bobby Jindal's press conferences during last year's hurricanes in Louisiana.

He is able to speak clearly and concisely WITHOUT a teleprompter. He could be a very positive force for conservatism.

On the, umm, other, uh, hand, is uh uh uh umm, President Obama, who, umm, uh doesn't handle, umm, himself, uh too well, when, um, forced to speak, um uh uh uh, without, uh a writer, and umm, uh, uh, a teleprompter.

Posted by: CommonSense1776 | February 12, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else?

Posted by: JakeD | February 12, 2009 12:25 AM | Report abuse

When JakeD says he is a "registered Independent," it is almost certain that he does not mean what you think he means.

He notes that he is from California. In California, you do not register as an independent; if you do not belong to a political party, you register as unaffiliated.

He most likely is a registered member of some faction of the American Independent Party. Thus his love of Alan Keyes, who ran as its candidate in 2008. This is the descendant of the party Alabama Governor George Wallace founded when integration forced him to split from his previous political associations. It survives today mostly in California.

You can read its platform here:

Judge for yourself.

So, no, he is not a Republican. He is even further right than that. And using a typical JakeD approach, he likes to present himself as an "independent" when he is really a member of a far right fringe group.

Posted by: nodebris | February 11, 2009 11:54 PM | Report abuse


Shouldn't that be "the days of intellectual lightweights ARE over"?

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

this is a simple question anyone who didn't see Gov. Jindal during the last round of hurricanes can ignore: were you impressed with his performance?

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 9:05 PM | Report abuse

First, we will see if the LA Governor has any intellectual content. That is something that those in the center demand. The days of intellectual lightweights is over. Romney is a self-promoter and nothing else. Jindal on the other hand remains to be seen. Hard to believe that he could amount to much if JakeD thinks he should be on the ticket. He seems attracted to those who are programed and devoid of integrity. I hope the governor surprises me.

The one thing I have learned is that the premise of JakeD's questions are false and the only correct response to them is to ignore them.

Posted by: Gator-ron | February 11, 2009 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else (who answers my questions in a civil manner)?

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

So, JakeD, are you without party affiliation, or a registered member of the American Independent Party?

Posted by: nodebris | February 11, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse




Team Obama, this is no "State Secret." You MUST immediately join with GOP defenders of the Constitution to dismantle the nationwide extrajudicial punishment network...

...authoritarian bureaucrats and security/intel officers and their nationwide network of citizen vigilantes fronted by federally-funded volunteer programs.

This nationwide, Gestapo-like operation has made a mockery of the judicial system for the past eight years and has claimed many unjustly "targeted" victims from all strata of society.

Crimes against humanity are being committed against unjustly "targeted" Americans by the BUSH-AUTHORIZED use of so-called "directed energy (radiation) weapons"... which the Bush D.O.J. recently confirmed are being widely deployed to police forces nationwide.

These RADIATION weapons emit silent, pulsed bursts of various forms of radiation -- degrading and damaging the health of those on the receiving end as well as their operators.

This weaponry has NO PLACE in civilized society -- much less in the hands of security personnel who interact with the public.

The widespread deployment of this weaponry virtually assures its misuse.

Imagine if rogue actors tried to use its silent, deadly force to induce illness or to disorient, prematurely age, sicken or disable our political leaders.

Perhaps they already have.

Victims of this extrajudicial punishment network also see their finances and livelihoods expropriated and destroyed by coordinated "multi-agency action" "programs of personal destruction" that deny them due process of law while degrading their lives and destroying their families.

The IRS, under Bush-Cheney, has been transmogrified into an ideological weapon of social control and recrimination by these covert "multi-agency actions."

Obama administration officials must address these abuses IMMEDIATELY, before these affronts to the Constitution destroy more American families -- and subvert the Obama presidency.




OR (if links are corrupted):

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 11, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse


I don't see color -- just competence -- not that long ago, there were lots of Reagan Democrats too.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey! Nostalgic for the Faustian bargain of the Reagan years? Here's a statistical trip down memory lane:

Reality check.

johnkomalley: When JakeD's not kicking babies to the curb, because they're no longer fetuses, he gazes lovingly at pictures of Alan Keyes.

Romney, Jindal, Keyes, and fond memories of the Messiah Reagan....ahh sweet imperialism...

and a legacy of economic voodoo.

Less Keyes and more Keynes is what I say.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 11, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am registered Independent.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

The cynical nature of this pick is pure comedy. Two men of color to the rescue, Steele and Jindal...they should bring back Alan Keyes...

Posted by: johnkomalley | February 11, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 3:23 PM

I'm really not interested in hearing what an angry old rich Repulican white guy like yourself (one who has to much time on his hands), has to say.

Anyone else?

Posted by: DrainYou | February 11, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

JakeD's dream ticket for 2012: Romney/ Jindal.

No surprise, a couple of free market, reality denying ideologues. S.O.S. on steroids. America minus a heart, except an ungodly love of money.

The history of Morman /American Indian relations is not that great. Do Indian Indians get any respect? The love of money would keep those two together, though.

JakeD, you're too far gone.

Make more endorsements please. If anyone see's your insane postings it will be the kiss of death for your picks.

Posted by: rooster54 | February 11, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

The MAJORITY of Louisiana voters, as well as this rightwing, fundie nutjob (and his wife) would gladly vote for Bobby Jindal.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal was supposed to be the Republicans "Obama." Minus the political skills and ability to be elected president.

I'm sure they did some focus groups and polling on him in the red south. Once word spreads that he was Hindu til he was a teenager, and then he became a Catholic who participates in exorcisms, he'll be lucky if the rightwing fundie nutjob base in Miss, Al, Tenn belt don't call for him to be burned at the stake.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 11, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The Op-Ed I referred to was "Gerson's"

My bad!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse


I asked you a question over the weekend on the stem cell thread, and then more recently on another thread: "Democrats are negotiating with which Republicans in the House?" The answers are obvious (at least tp me). This will be my last request, however, for your answers.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse


As long as you answer my questions to you, I would be glad to answer your questions.

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Why Jindal?

Michael Steele is the new GOP leader.

Guess he's too busy answering the FBI to answer the President.

And why fire the only guy in Washington who's getting things done?

Why not fire the 37 GOP Senators who think they don't have to work for a living.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | February 11, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

You can tell the ReUGLYcans are scrambling.

They figure, "the Demems got themselves into power by nominating a "darkie" and so can we".
The next thing you know they got themselves two "darkies": Messrs. Steele and Jindal

This is too transparently cynical and absolutely disgusting. GOP should go away and never come back. Reagan is REALLy dead now, thank G-d!

It's the economy, stupid?

Posted by: VMR1 | February 11, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I feel that after Romney took the lead with his Speech to the Congressional GOP dealing with the Recovery Packages(A Transcript of which can be found on Gershwin's Op-Ed ;~);

That Mitt Romney should be the Speaker.

I do welcome Jindal's exposure, but honestly feel that he is more Hype than substance so far!

I could possibly support a Romney/Jindal Ticket, but I feel Mitt needs a Military figure behind him.

There are MANY other posts that exist in the White House besides President and 51Rst Senator!

And, as the Dims have PROVEN, filling them with COMPETENT HONEST EXECUTIVES;

can be a Challenge!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 11, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, Jindal will bring up that we can no longer afford $2 billion cost to operate the White House -- it will take sacrifice on the part of every American -- all CEOs need to cut back:

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Romney-Jindal 2012!!!

Posted by: JakeD | February 11, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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