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Jindal's Response Takes Fire From the Right

By Michael D. Shear
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was no doubt prepared for some harsh reaction from Democrats to his heavily partisan response Tuesday night to President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress.

But he might have been surprised that so much of the trashing came from those in his own party.

A young, rising star in the Republican Party, Jindal is often mentioned these days as a possible challenger to Obama in 2012. He was on John McCain's short list for vice president. His selection to give last night's official GOP response was a reward and a bet that he could be a big part of the party's emerging future.

He may still be -- but he will have to overcome a terrible introduction to many of his fellow party members.

"A wonderful human being, I like him very much, but he is a horrible speaker," conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said on the radio this morning. "You can't go on TV and counter Obama with that."

Ingraham noted that Jindal kept looking down and that only one of his hands seemed to move. "Very off-putting," she said.

Her reaction was mirrored by conservatives across the country after they took in his performance.

New York Times columnist David Brooks blasted Jindal's performance, saying that the governor offered a "stale" argument and called the message "a disaster for the Republican Party."

Brooks was reacting more to the content of Jindal's message: that government is not the solution to the economic crisis and that Republicans should not put their trust in the federal bureaucracy.

But other Republicans reacted more to Jindal himself. On Fox News after the speech, the consensus among the commentators was that Jindal had not done well.

Brit Hume deadpanned that "this was not Bobby Jindal's greatest oratorical moment."

And the criticism was savage on the Internet. Amanda Carpenter of Townhall.com tweeted that "Ok, some conservative needs to start a campaign to fire whoever wrote this cheesy response and coached him to talk like this. I can't watch."

Jindal has distinguished himself as a speaker on other occasions, leading some to wonder what it is about giving a response like this that often makes the speaker seem like a bust.

"Jindal didn't have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own," said Charles Krauthammer on Fox. "He's in a Reagan-esque league. ... [Jindal] tried the best he could."

During McCain's campaign for the presidency, Jindal hosted several town hall campaign events, earning positive reviews from national reporters who were impressed with his energy.

McCain aides, too, were impressed and did not shoot down reports that he was under consideration as a running mate.

But the performance Tuesday was not up to that par, according to most of the reviewers.

Staff Writer Howard Kurtz contributed to this report.

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Back on topic:

I say Jindal's speech was a home-run. Again, much better than "President" Obama's.

Posted by: JakeD | February 26, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse

If anyone other than dldbug wants to argue that anyone VETTED Obama for "natural born" citizenship -- I maintain that has not happened -- please let me know.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Billion Dollar Slum Dog looked like the lead star in a Bollywood Disaster Movie yesterday. Our rising "Star" of the Lunatic Right,direct from Mumbai on the Mississippi.The Creature from the Wing Nut Lagoon. Only Sarah Palins Witch Doctor can stop him.Then her Christian Supportors can ask the question on the lips of the unwashed;"Who is Bobby Jindal"? "Have you seen his Birth Certificate"? "Does he have a "Secret Plan" to open a Dunkin Dognuts in the White House"?
Oh our Bobby; Excessive goverment "Pork Barrel" spending? Certainly not in his backward backwater of sleaze,Louisana.
His local Corps of Engineer District Office almost shoots outs more Multi Billion Dollar Porkies,than that Suleman Breeder has kids in California.
The entire state is on some form of Federal Welfare,Cotton,Rice,Sugar,Argi Business,Oil Inc,Gas Inc,,Katrina Inc,which he can milk for another 150 years,or if another major storm arrives,for the next 1,000 years,Levees Inc,that pork will last forever,"Taming" the flow Mississippi,thats another endless money pit,Fort Polk,you name the Pork. Its one giant W.P.A. Project.
His only hope to get Louisiana off the Federal Pork Dole is Global Warming,then the entire rotten state will sink under water.
However,the "Warming Rapture" may not arrive soon enough,that should only redouble our efforts to see if the French Goverment will take it back.

Posted by: jeromejmarkiewicz | February 25, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

In 1896 a then unknown William Jennings Bryan makes his dynamic "Cross of Gold" speech at that year's Democratic National Convention and wins the party's nomination for POTUS.

In the waning days of the 1964 POTUS election actor Ronald Reagan make a stirring television commercial on behalf of Barry Goldwater that energizes the conservative party base and launches a political career that culminates in his election in 1980 as President.

In 2004 at the Democratic National Convention Barrack Obama makes the keynote address that is lauded for its eloquence by both side of the political spectrum. Obama goes on to the U.S. Senate and wins the Presidency in 2008.

In 2009 Bobby Jindal, less then 2 years into his term as Louisiana Governor is designated by the Republican Party as their official responder to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress. Jindal's speech is widely criticized for its condescending tone, more worthy of a PBS children's television host then from a leading light of the GOP.

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

I had never heard Jindal before last night, so I was interested to see what kind of chops The Anointed One of the GOP had on the stump. Verdict: likable guy, but selling a vacuous, incomprehensible message that reeks of same-old, same-old. The offensive part, though, was that tiresome GOP habit of taking massive liberties with quotes, in this case allegedly quoting Obama that "this is a crisis that we might not be able to recover from" and implying that the Prez lacks confidence. He conveniently left off Obama's context-critical opening: "If we don't pass a stimulus now..." Gee, changes the meaning a bit, eh?

As another writer said, this was to be the GOP "response," the definition of which includes relevance to its antecedent. That was nowhere in evidence at all. He must have been busy with something else during Obama's speech.

It's interesting how the GOP manages to suck the integrity out of candidates. Years ago, McCain told the truth about the madness of his party's approach. Then, when he decided he had a shot at being president, he dutifully toed the GWB party line and forfeited his integrity. Palin was a moderate in AK until she tasted the national GOP drug; now she's in trouble with her sane constituents because of the nat'l GOP Kool-Aid she drank. Whither Bobby Jindal...

Posted by: salescoach | February 25, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

dldbug:

No one ever asked GWB to prove his birthplace before or during his Presidency. The fact you are questioning it now is rhetorical and irrelevant to boot. Keep up the canards though.
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Barrack Obama's birth certificate has been vetted at least three times. Once by the State Department when he applied for a passport, again by the DoD when he was granted a security clearance when he became a U.S. Senator and last year by Factcheck.org who examined the actual document. Don't tell me that the State Department did a slipshod job in their vetting. And tell me how the "forgery" also slipped by the more exhausting examination that is the security clearance process? Anyone who know anything about that knows that no stone in one's life is left unturned.

I know that no manner of logical argument will dissuade you and the other wingnuts who have bought into this nonsense, anymore than trying to argue with a conspiracy nut who believes that the "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion" is a real work from the "International Jewish conspiracy" or a 9/11 "Truther" who believe that the 9/11/01 attacks were planned by our own government (Note: Philip Berg, one of lead litigants in last year's repeated attempts to make Obama's BC a court case is a 9/11 "Truther"). And don't let me forget those who believe the Apollo lunar landings are faked.

But then again the people who believe in the Obama BC forgery are also the same people who were enthusiastic about a Vice Presidential candidate who belongs to a church that teaches that the universe is only 7,000 years old and that dinosaurs co-existed for a period with the time of humans. This is also the same group who are creationists and deny the overwhelming science in favor of evolution.

So we should not be surprised that exit polls from last years election showed that Sen. McCain led in the votes of those with a high school education or less.

I'm not wasting another key stroke on this.

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Congressman Clyburn told of how Jindal would come to sit in his office and beg for federal dollars for Louisiana. But now that Jindal is watched by the republican cave-dwellers he finds it prudent to feign "fiscal conservatism" and talk against the stimulus. A real closet wanker, that Jindal. Begs for money when he thinks no one is watching, and then denies, denies, denies that he ever did. A typical republican hypocrite. It's surprising they get any votes at all, from anyone. It must be the hair, like Ronald Reagan.

Posted by: hfisher1 | February 25, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

dldbug:

No one ever asked GWB to prove his birthplace before or during his Presidency. The fact you are questioning it now is rhetorical and irrelevant to boot. Keep up the canards though.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 6:53 PM | Report abuse

"... Jendal seemed to "sashay" on screen and that he didn't seem "manly."
Posted by: NewEra | February 25, 2009 4:15 PM"

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My neighbor is Indian, I swear to god, shaking his hand is like shaking a cat's tail, they just aren't a macho culture.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Republicans think their marketing is the issue. They look at the stats from last years election with the eye of an advertiser on the demographics of his client's consumers. They are smart enough to see that they need to expand the shrinking Republican base so they do what a company does when it's up against a competitor that's taking away their market share - they try to imitate the key elements of their success. In this case the GOP believes that if they get candidates who are not male WASPs they will turn things around.

We'll I'm a male WASP who isn't fooled by this rubbish. I voted for Obama first of all because he wasn't a Repub. That he is an articulate and intelligent speaker who doesn't condescend to the lowest common denominator and who has policies that are pragmatic and not dogmatic is just an added bonus.

Message to Republicans. It's not your marketing, it's your brand that stinks.

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal is an Indian version of Mr. Rogers. LOL No credibility at all!
http://pbskids.org/rogers/player/rogersmessage.html

Posted by: kushka53 | February 25, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

David Brooks was once a true believer. He said after he had an interview with economist Milton Friedman some years ago that his arguments in favor of laissez faire economics were too persuasive to dismiss. Then he became one of the leading lights of what passes for conservative intellectual thought when he was at the Weekly Standard.

Now witness this discussion on the Lehrer Report and the pieces he has written in the NYT as of late. You don't hear that much enthusiasm anymore from Mr. Brooks for that GOP conservative ideology.

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

I've read a dozen articles about Jindal's speech and 100 comments on several sites. The word that I see most often is "creepy" as in "Jindal is creepy".

Posted by: martiniano | February 25, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

I saw Jindal Sunday on "Meet the Press" and I thought he talked too much and didn't answer questions so I was looking forward to seeing the "rising star".

I couldn't understand him at all. There was no substance to the speech and he obviously did not listen or read Obama's speech. He was suppose give a "response". Also, why would a LA governor bring up Katrina. The whole thing was just really, really odd.

Posted by: rlj1 | February 25, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Jindal-Palin 2012!! Yeah, baby!! As Dubya would say, "Bring 'em on!"

This ticket will all but ensure a second Obama-Biden term. They'll need two terms to clean up after the Bush scat!! People like JakeD swore Obama would not have a first term, so he resorts to the very tired argument about Obama's birth and citizenship. The SCOTUS decision puts that question in the "asked and answered" column, so can we move on to weightier matters?

Posted by: meldupree | February 25, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Yup, Jindal/Palin(?) 2012, so that easily Obama/Biden 2012-2016!

Posted by: TalkingHead1 | February 25, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

dldbug:

There was never any question about Bush's birthplace. Next canard?
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JakeD:

Who says there's no question about GWB's birthplace? Because you and your brethren on the Right say so? What makes Bush's origins so different that we can't dig into the circumstances of his birth? How do we know that George H. and Barbara were not on a trip in Europe when George W. was born and that they didn't falsify that?

I still want to see that birth certificate. And I want to see the "long version". Until we do we have no proof that GWB wasn't a natural born American.

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I thought he was more like Howdy Doody. I could almost see the strings!

Posted by: brandonesque | February 25, 2009 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So, the Washington Post's revenues are down 77%, will Obama bail out his press mouthpiece?

Bobby Jindal - 2012!!

Posted by: Phil6 | February 25, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obamam = the Past

Bobby Jindal = the Future

Posted by: Phil6 | February 25, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

dldbug:

There was never any question about Bush's birthplace. Next canard?

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD

I don't recall any American President previous to President Obama making his birth certificate public. Maybe you can provide a url for George W. Bush's?

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

In the words of John Bonhner...

"Oh My God!"

Posted by: danson1 | February 25, 2009 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Stodayxx -- come talk to us Louisianians about who's collecting welfare when you have two goddamn hurricanes in a week come through your state.

Posted by: CN1277 | February 25, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

This is not original with me, I saw it on another site, www.nationalpost.com. "The Republicans were trying to shamelessly capitalize on the success of Slumdog Millionaire."

Posted by: Roofelstoon | February 25, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

didbug:

I'm sure he will (unlike Obama) if he runs.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey JakeD:

And if Jindal ever does post his birth certificate on the net we won't be satisfied. We want to see the "long version"!

ROFLMAO

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

For the record, I am not a Republican. I could care less about "diversity" but if the major parties won't nominate pro-lifers, I will vote third party again.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Jindal said that big government and, certainly, more government is not the answer to recovery. More taxes are not the way to recovery. That bureaucrats and their picky regulations are not the way to get things done when there is a life and death crisis. Wow! No wonder both parties are giving him hell. What side of the Republican party is Ron Paul? Less government + lower taxes + fewer regulations = more freedom.

Posted by: h2co3 | February 25, 2009 4:24 PM | Report abuse

You're STILL making me roll on the floor LAUGHING, buddy.

***kisses****

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Give Jindal some time- he will be a contender, but probably not next time around. I'm still a little confused how anyone can oppose the stimulus, call it wasteful and wrong, but still take almost all of the allocated funds for their State... I suppose GOP hypocrisy is to be expected given the circumstances? Does that mean I should feel sorry for them?

Good luck!

Posted by: trident420 | February 25, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

JakeD said:
"I watched BOTH last night. I'm entitled to my opinion, just as you are. At least Gov. Jindal is Constitutionally qualified to become President."

At least Obama IS President.

Oh.

Snap.
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But we haven't seen Jindal's birth certificate. Is it posted anywhere on the web?

Posted by: dldbug | February 25, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This could be Jendal's only term as Louisiana Governor.

The Washington Times had an item yesterday that Jendal's popularity was on the decline in Louisiana because of all his travels out of state doing fund raising and promoting himself. It seems the folks who elected him want him to stay home and be governor and run the state rather than be a national gadfly.

After last evening's performance, the residents of Louisiana may get their wish.

I also listened to Laura Ingraham's program this morning. What Mr. Shear quotes in his article are Laura's kindest comments about Jendal. She spent much time this morning discussing how Jendal seemed to "sashay" on screen and that he didn't seem "manly." With friends like this one doesn't need any enemies.

Posted by: NewEra | February 25, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Only Republicans would think that it was merely Jindal's optics that are the problem. The rest of the world, even David Brooks for goodness' sake, realizes that it's the content of the Getting Obsolete Party's message that looks truly awful. Keep it up Republicans! You'll make a nice little regional party of angry, Southern, white (plus Jindal & Steele) men.

Posted by: jrw2 | February 25, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

It's pretty clear that Republicans don't want a colored guy to be president.

Posted by: t145 | February 25, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

"If Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, then he is NOT President."

Keep up that line of attack, SFB, and let us know how that works out for ya.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 25, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

"I thought he did better than Obama. What ever happened to Reagan's 11th Commandment? I wouldn't mind Palin-Jindal running in 2012.
Posted by: JakeD

And after BJ formally announced that the republican Party didn't care WHAT the American People wanted,the GOP was going to fight for what their 25% of the American People want, the Democrats would be thrilled with that ticket as well.

(Hint, and Alaska conservative and a Louisiana conservative do not add up to the diversity the new RNC Chairman says he seeks.)

Posted by: ceflynline | February 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

mibrooks27 wrote: "...why on earth do they choose losers and idiots like Palin and Jindal to state their case? I'd actually stay up late to listen to Noonan, almost anyone with a brain and any degree of intellectual integrity, would, too. SO where is she?"

The right wingers are not one bit interested in making intelligent cases. They have learned that the only people who listen to them are uneducated white men who listen to Rush Limbaugh and think they are independent and don't need anyone. That is why the conservatives keep trotting out Palin and Steele. They sound so good to the base. Guns, homophobia, and killing. Not to mention xenophobia, wife beating, and incuriosity. Limbaugh feeds it to them, and they gobble it up.

Posted by: swatkins1 | February 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

"All of the 25 watt bulbs on this board poking fun at his intelligence would probably be surprised to learn that he's a Rhodes Scholar."

You're right, numbnutz, there is great surprise that the Rhodes Scholar people selected such a moron for their prestigious program.

"Mistakes were made."

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 25, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Sorry but the guy looks like Alfred E. Newman and speaks like well Mr. Rogers!

Posted by: sfilutze | February 25, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

We'll have to agree to disagree then.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

jaked: You're hopeless.

Keep saying Obama is "not a natural born citizen!!" for the next 8 years.

Enjoy!

Unfortunately, if you have some good ideas (we all do once in awhile) it makes you sound like a pinhead when you keep repeating that screed.

Give it a rest. Criticize Obama's programs and policies all you like....but the the "not qualified" rant just encourages posters to ignore your comments altogether.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | February 25, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Jindal may have depth, but, based on speech, no surface. Palin is opposite, all surface, no depth.

Posted by: Spectator | February 25, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

What hypocrisy! Jindal need to wait until his states stops becoming a welfare state before preaching to others - in 2005 Louisiana collected $1.78 in Federal tax dollars for every federal tax dollar contributed.
One could argue that his welfare state has been getting 'stimulus' for quite a number of years.
Worse, he didn't thank California for providing a Net of $50 Billion in 2005 which more than covered Louisiana's welfare bill.
Lets not forget the other 'conservative' republican welfare states: Mississippi - $2.03. South Carolina - $1.35. Alaska at $1.84 is particularly egregious because they've been socking away budget surpluses on the backs of good taxpaying Californian's.

Posted by: stodayxx | February 25, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Palin-Jindal 2012 would be the Dream ticket for Democrats. It would be a second term for Obama in huge landslide style.

The Republican Party has bigger problems than Jindal's response. They had power for 8 years and spent this country into debt and now try and sound responsible when they say Democrats are spenders when the economy is in crisis in large part to their overspending. They have no credibility, none zero and the American public know it. The best think the Republican Party can do is reinvent itself by changing its name and say we are not the same party that spent that was our past. The need to evolve (Pun intended to the religious Republicans) into more than hypocrites who are against spending only when they are not the ones in power. Being against spending now that you are the minority is laughable. No one believes them, not even other Republicans. They are the spend and charge party.

Posted by: info4 | February 25, 2009 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, then he is NOT President.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Jakeie Jakie: What are we going to do with you?

Weren't you the least bit embarrassed by Jindal's nonsense speech? Channeling Katrina to illustrate we should not trust government when his own party was in charge? Same old garbage about "big government" that the GOP does nothing about when it is in power?

Obama's speech was a visionary tour de force that I'm sure gave Republicans sitting in the chamber supreme agita. They now know, if they didn't know before that they are dealing with a master politician and leader for whom they have no answer. There is no Ronald Reagan sitting in the wings.

Besides, there is nothing commendable about a man, sitting in the Governor's office of one of the nation's poorer states (you can add S. C. and Mississippi to this comment), a man who has it pretty good, ranting about turning down a few additional weeks of unemployment insurance coverage for people out of work IN HIS OWN STATE. I guess he doesn't think he has to worry 'bout 'po folk.

....He blew it big time last night....and so did the GOP.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | February 25, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Jindal's response illustrates perfectly the real reason Republicans love Sarah Palin: she's interesting. Whether you like or hate what she says, she would never deliver a speech in the weird, wonky way Jindal did."

I agree.

There's nothing wonky about La Palin. Wonks at least understand issues. She's just plain and simply weird.

Posted by: RealCalGal | February 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I voted for Obama, so I'll gladly admit my biases, but Jindal came across as a poor Saturday Night Live parody. The GOP has a few people that could go head to head with Obama as a speaker, Peggy Noonan immediately comes to mind, so why on earth do they choose losers and idiots like Palin and Jindal to state their case? I'd actually stay up late to listen to Noonan, almost anyone with a brain and any degree of intellectual integrity, would, too. SO where is she?

Posted by: mibrooks27 | February 25, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

People have short memories, Alaska and Louisiana are 2 states that get the most Federal handout dollars. If you have a stimulus plan other than lowering taxes to the business man pipe up. Enough of the Obama isn't constitutionally elected president. Don't be a pinhead loser. you know who you are. Instead of yakking, Show us your proof or s t f u.

Posted by: woodard3 | February 25, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

tonynelson1:

Exactly.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait to see how many people will give their money to Michael Steele and the RNC.

Rove says they will need $400 million for the next election cycle if they have any hope to make Republican gains.

Go ahead you right wingers, you like Piyush "Bobby" Jindal and Sarah (paid to stay home)Palin. Give Michael Steele all your money. I can't wait to see you losers put what is left of your money where your mouth is.

Posted by: shrink2 | February 25, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't mind Palin-Jindal running in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:20 PM"
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Now there's an endorsement; "I wouldn't mind"

Actually, I wouldn't mind either if that was all the GOP had to offer.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Jindal does not look and come across a presidential material to me. He is somewhat squeamish.

Posted by: truth1 | February 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Are those doubting that Obama is Constitutionally qualified to be President still popping OxyContin with Rush?

Jindal "converted" to Christianity from Hinduism only to go into politics. He's still a closet Hindu intent on forcing us all to worship cows and put funny marks on our foreheads.

Rush told me so...after the drugs kicked in.

Posted by: Garak | February 25, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

GOP feeding on their own? Well, the entire party has been devolving for years...it was only a matter of time. Its THAT bad, folks.

Posted by: free-donny | February 25, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

JakeD said:
"I watched BOTH last night. I'm entitled to my opinion, just as you are. At least Gov. Jindal is Constitutionally qualified to become President."

At least Obama IS President.

Oh.

Snap.

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 25, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

>I wouldn't mind Palin-Jindal running
>in 2012.
>Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009
>2:20 PM

I can assure you NO democrat or sane person would mind that ticket either ...LOL.

Posted by: razarizvi | February 25, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

I thought that Gov. Jindal was better than Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:02 PM
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Which confirms that JakeD is the biggest idiot known to man.....

Seriously JakeD....no one but you would say something so asinine.

Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | February 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

craigbrewer:

I watched BOTH last night. I'm entitled to my opinion, just as you are. At least Gov. Jindal is Constitutionally qualified to become President.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

What do you expect from neocon talking heads, brilliance on substance, no, stupidity on delivery and body language. They are close to being arrested when they say arm yourselves and fight a civil war against the Democrats. Calling on politicians to do the wrong thing is acceptable, calling on an ignorant supporter to take up arms for civil war is not.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 25, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hiberniantears | February 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All of the 25 watt bulbs on this board poking fun at his intelligence would probably be surprised to learn that he's a Rhodes Scholar.

Apart from that, I'm getting a good chuckle from the lefty-biggots. Nice work.

Posted by: tonynelson1 | February 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Let's get one little fact straight--My Republican friends-- Reagan was a good speaker but he was no Barack Obama!!!

Posted by: mhitchons | February 25, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

toritto:

I thought that Gov. Jindal was better than Obama.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Jindal is a rising star in the Republican Party...isn't that kind of like being next in line to be captain of the Titanic?

Posted by: Bob22003 | February 25, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

blah blah blah Big Government! blah blah blah

Sara Palin? No.

Bobby Jindal? No.

Who's up next?

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | February 25, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The GOP circular firing squad is in fine form, it seems.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 25, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Just because the Grand old party got some new tokens doesn't mean The same old ideas are fresh. BORING!

Posted by: Woodstocknative | February 25, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Sooo....the GOP trots out their rising star and what did we get? Miss Margie in boy-drag teaching 3-year olds how awesome grocery stores are . . .while trying to become one with his impoverished red state voters with GOP modus operandi meme:

Pretend he came from poverty all the while failing to tell his anchor baby legacy was funded by Mummsy dearest, the Physicist and daddy-kins Jindal, the EXXON engineer who were upper crusty Indian post-grad students sent for higher education in 'Murka's deep south.

Yep, Bobby-kins! 'Murkins can do ANYthing unlike the wealthy in India who send their indentured servants to get groceries.

Posted by: spritey | February 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

re: JakeD comment - if this guy (jindal) was better than Obama then the comment was written without listening to either speech.

Posted by: craigbrewer | February 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

spiritey:

The prior federal assistance did not permanently change State law and raise taxes in businesses. Louisiana is the only State with positive job growth, so I will trust Gov. Jindal. You are comparing apples and oranges.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

heehee.

Jindal was awful last night. He really hurt himself. He had a chance to introduce himself to America and he blew it.

His delivery was stilted...and the message incoherent.

...If that's the best the GOP's got it's in deep trouble.

:-)

Posted by: toritto | February 25, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So Jindal references Katrina as the example of why big government can't help a dire situation...um, weren't the Republicans in charge during Katrina? Wasn't a former Arabian Horse Official in charge of FEMA? Oh, sorry, that was the other Republican party.

Posted by: magnetic54 | February 25, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Palin-Jindal:

The Fey-McBrayer Full Employment Act of 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Jindal voted on chamber floors for the Feds to supply unemployment assistance twice for his state when he wasn't running for President and needs the Tabliban-gelicals votes.

When he needs to curry that 15-20% of 'Murkin knuckle draggers his party pimped,abused and openly mocked while doing so to get GW in office .... he claims he and his ilk is magically "personally responsible and accountable"?

ROFLMAO, squared.

Just once before we die, could we have one single GOP talking head behind a microphone that isn't intellectually constipated?

Posted by: spritey | February 25, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I think they are wrong to criticize their mystical Catholic exorciser who will make a great running mate for that other weepublican intellectual, Sarah Palin. Dumb and Dumber Redux.

Posted by: rpmcestmoicoxnet | February 25, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm not suggesting a racial element here, but I wonder if the GOP right-wing felt uncomfortable seeing someone with a darker shade of pale with a wonkish haircut (albeit with a southern accent - I mean southern American, not South Indian) who may represent the future of the GOP.

Posted by: degrassirules | February 25, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I thought he did better than Obama. What ever happened to Reagan's 11th Commandment? I wouldn't mind Palin-Jindal running in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:20 PM
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LOL LOL LOL

Posted by: mackiejw | February 25, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

LOL

Posted by: mackiejw | February 25, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

If I'm not mistaken, Jindal was auditioning for a voice part in "Bob the Builder."
When Jindal said "Sheriff, what's got you so mad?" I thought he had a perfect voice for a character in "Bob".

Posted by: Renu1 | February 25, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Jindal's response illustrates perfectly the real reason Republicans love Sarah Palin: she's interesting. Whether you like or hate what she says, she would never deliver a speech in the weird, wonky way Jindal did. You've simply got to have charisma in order to lead the American tv generation.

And no, Obama's performance was much better. We are not reading articles here, we are listening to a speech, and the medium needs good delivery as well as good content.

Posted by: MOswingvoter | February 25, 2009 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Wow! The GOP is willing to blast their own people, even the guy who represents their BEST chance at regaining the White House in 2012. I could take this one of two ways: This could be a sign of remaking the GOP to be more relevant. Maybe the old mantra of "less government" is just that, it's getting old. Maybe they realize that government needs to be a part of the solution to the crisis that we are in.

OR, it could mean that things are so bad that they are willing to eat their own. Maybe they realize that if this is their best man for the job, then they're in really big trouble. They also realize that as far as charisma goes, Jindal is not even in the same league as Obama.

Option 1 is out of the question. God forbid that Republicans should start talking like Democrats. That leaves us with option 2. Which means that the GOP is in bad need of an enema.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | February 25, 2009 2:27 PM | Report abuse

I thought he did better than Obama. What ever happened to Reagan's 11th Commandment? I wouldn't mind Palin-Jindal running in 2012.

Posted by: JakeD | February 25, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Of course, Jindal was shot down. The Republican numb-nuts are going to trot out every rockstar for the next eight years for the Republican Response until the conservative media darling Caribou Barbie makes her triumphal reappearance, laying hands on children and transfiguring her image!

Let Laura Ingraham and her syncophants be part of a dying legacy of racism, jingoism, false patriotism, and hubrise!

Yeagh!

Posted by: bs2004 | February 25, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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