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Poor Gov. Jindal

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal didn't stand a chance. The rising Republican star delivered his party's response to President Obama's hour-long address and simply didn't rise to the occasion. Where Obama in tone and message was relentlessly positive, Jindal's relentless utterance of "Americans can do anything" masked a Debbie Downer negativism that permeated his speech. And coming after Obama's boffo performance, Jindal's Don Knotts-like "golly gee willikers" story-telling and cadence was, how does one put this delicately, downright strange.

I'll cut Jindal a little bit of slack. His speech, like the president's, was written without knowing what the other fella was going to say. But it was as if the speech were written by a team of speechwriters who hadn't been let out of the basement of RNC headquarters since the Reagan administration, with all that talk about tax cuts being the only answer to everything ailing the economy. Jindal's proposal for creating jobs is "lowering income tax rates for working families, cutting taxes for small businesses and strengthening incentives for businesses to invest in new equipment and hire new workers and stabilizing home values by creating a new tax credit for homebuyers." But here's the problem: the credit markets are frozen. As a result, businesses aren't investing, small businesses aren't hiring and people are losing their jobs or can't find new ones. Americans are hurting and are looking for answers. They didn't get anything new, innovative or imaginative from Jindal.

Look, Republicans have a problem and there was nothing Jindal could have done to make it better tonight. Obama is wildly popular. Three separate newspapers released polls this week that put his approval rating around 60 percent. And the GOP problem played itself out at the bottom of the screen on MSNBC. The cable network tracked the reaction of Obama and McCain voters in a focus group in Valley Forge, Penn. The red (McCain voters) and blue (Obama voters) dials were consistently and solidly positive throughout Obama's speech. At times, as when he talked about ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, both dials were off the charts. At other times, as when he talked about unfreezing the credit markets, the McCain voters appeared to favor what the president said more than Obama voters. Now, while McCain voters were consistent in liking what Jindal had to say, much more so than Obama's supporters, he lost support even among Republicans when he attacked "National Democrats" and "Democratic leaders in Washington." MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall highlighted the governor and his party's problem when she reported from the focus group via Twitter (a technology I just don't get. Isn't Facebook enough?!) that "3 out of 32 gave Jindal high marks, prefer Obama's governing over Jindal."

The national Republican Party is groping for a way forward. It needs to do what Obama did. Get out of Washington, listen to and feel the anger of the American people, and listen to the sane Republican governors who are desperate to hold their states' finances together with the federal government's help. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist defied his party when he helped Obama sell the stimulus package in his battered state earlier this month. After Jindal's performance tonight, Crist's stock should rise. That is, if the GOP wants to start finding its way out of the wilderness.

By Jonathan Capehart  | February 25, 2009; 12:11 AM ET
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Sure way to get another Obama term? Jindal/Palin 2012. I'm salivating at the thought.

Posted by: ATLGuy | February 25, 2009 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Nice article, but I have to disagree in one regard. There was something Jindal could have done to strengthen the Republican argument or position. He could have taken one, other than the conclusory "we were wrong but now we've learned and our again responsible" or "we want to be bipartisan" stories. Instead, his silence as to substance was as bad as what I will kindly refer to as: (1) "you guys elected a guy with a 'poor black guy story,' well, I have a poor brown guy story" and (2) his simplistic tone and choice of words that made the whole thing seem like an episode of Mr. Rodgers. I kept waiting for the spelling portion to begin.

Posted by: charleswilliams4450 | February 25, 2009 1:10 AM | Report abuse

They would have been better off showing old footage of Reagan telling jokes instead of trotting out Limbaugh's latest attempt at star-making. Rush gave us Sarah, Steele, and now Bobby. Is he back on the OxyContin?

Posted by: DemoDevil | February 25, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

He sounded like he was talking to a 5-year old the whole time.

Posted by: CypressTree | February 25, 2009 2:56 AM | Report abuse

I could not listen to Gov. Jindals Republican Live Prerecorded non Rebuttal. He actually sounded as if he were reading his (?) young child a bedtime story. It completely overshadowed the message he was trying to convey. I paid so little attention that every time I tried, I had to stop. If the content was presented as a seven year olds syntax comprehension, it made it even more unintelligible. I actually had a pithier metaphor, but my brain may be slightly compressed. I know my spinal cord is.

The Government is actually a movie genre. The AMPAS building in DC resembles an old bank.

Posted by: lesliejmintz | February 25, 2009 3:00 AM | Report abuse

Face it, the republotards are grasping at straws.

Jindal's performance just plain sucked. And this is the best they can come up with - a brown version of Mr. Rogers?

Face it; Rush controls the whole party - that's how F'd up the republotard party is now!!!

As discredited as their own drug-addled windbag of a leader!

It shows what a load of dumba55es the GOP has become that, in retrospect, chimpie actually looked smart and articulate compared to the rest of them.

Posted by: Heerman532 | February 25, 2009 3:09 AM | Report abuse

Party of pinheads. Jindal pushing to be lead pinhead. Saddest part of all is the fact that Republicans have gone so far over the wall that they have become almost comical. The fact is that they aren't even a real opposition party they've become the deranged temper tantrum party. Just when we need a real opposition party. When we need leadership by all they have retreated into a delusional dogma with no validity or relevance. When wars of choice are ok and investing in our own country is bad you've got to wonder just how crazy these guys are.

Posted by: elgunjduts | February 25, 2009 4:11 AM | Report abuse

If I wanted to wreck the US economy even further, I'd arrange a new trillion dollars in purely deficit government spending, to burden the country with debt, and to take money out of the private sector. And guess what the Democrat geniuses in Congress and President Obama have just done? And now they want to add MORE deficit spending? How can people be so foolish as to fall for this?

Posted by: yourstruly1991 | February 25, 2009 4:13 AM | Report abuse

Recommend you send this excellent article to Michael Gerson, who wrote a particularly stupid (even for him) column today on Gov Jindal.

Posted by: gjhinnova | February 25, 2009 4:17 AM | Report abuse

Governor Jindal has an engaging way about him.
He's an interesting new face on the scene, especially for hide-bound Louisiana.
Don't presume that the governor didn't know what President Obama said.
He heard the speech.
Most of his remarks were prepared ahead of time, right in line with the obstructionist attitude the Republicans have been stomping around the Capitol.
Don't forget -- Bobby Jindal was in Washington last week.
He knew the general mantra the GOP wanted to put forth.
Problem is, he didn't reckon with the excellent ability of Barack Obama to explain his program, to make it logical and clear to the public and to Congress.
This is the same governor who said he was going to reject additional unemployment funding in a state where people are suffering and have been suffering for several years.
Those who are back on their feet don't have much to fall back on when times are hard; they spent it all trying to get back on their feet after several hurricanes.
Few have had time to rebuild any kind of economic cushion.
I believe Jindal probably couldn't get elected in 2 other states throughout the nation right now, especially after he made that callous announcement about those funds last week, then gave this effort tonight.
Unfortunately for Jindal, he's on the wrong side of history.
And he's not alone.
This means the GOP has some hard lessons they have yet to learn; they don't even have a clue.
And it's apparent that they are so stubborn, they will remain clueless for a long, long time.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | February 25, 2009 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Jindal will accomplish more in the next three years in Louisiana than Obama did in his entire life before running for the presidency. While Obama continues to lower expectations and play the malaise card, Jindal's message is one of hope and competent governance.

When the American people see the failure of Democratic policies over the coming years, they will abandon Obama for someone who doesn't look like those other presidents on the dollar bills either. And this time, they will get it right.

Posted by: magellan1 | February 25, 2009 6:20 AM | Report abuse

It's absolutely laughable to hear Jindal tell a story about not being able to launch boats to save people in Katrina due to lack of "registration and insurance"....

This from the party that wants a national Id card...i.e. registration.

Posted by: kreator6996 | February 25, 2009 6:22 AM | Report abuse

I already don't like "Bobby" Jindal. He's all about political posturing.

and now, cue Coach Mora:

"Tax Cuts! Tax Cuts? Are you kidding me?!"

Good to see the Red Neck Republicans haven't learned a danged thing. I actually think our nation was blessed that this "Recession" hit when it did. Can you imagine Bush still in there?

We'd be done for.

Posted by: LeftwithNochoice | February 25, 2009 6:26 AM | Report abuse

Is Jindal really the best the GOP has to offer? I know they want to shake their image of being the Party of grumpy old rich white men, but for crying out loud. They think they can throw anyone out there that's either a woman or has brown skin, and Americans won't notice that the person is either a nitwit (Palin and Steele) or totally off the right wing deep end (Palin, Steele, and Jindal). Jindal looked like a deer in the headlights and sounded like he was running for president of his high school class. It's truly astonishing that he represents one of the most poverty stricken poorly educated states in the union, yet wants to reject federal money. Wow, wouldn't we all just love the rest of the country to look like the state of Louisiana. How about no thanks. No offense intended.

Posted by: ggwalt | February 25, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Bravo Mr. Capehart! Bravo!

Posted by: kayebradley | February 25, 2009 6:49 AM | Report abuse

'On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another one of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long sleeve sweater to cover the many tattoo's on his forearm and biceps.'

If you fools believe Capeheart's patently racial advancement of Obama's performance as "boffo", then go ahead and compare Jindal to Mr. Rogers. I'm sure he won't mind being put in the same league as a Navy Seal.

Posted by: magellan1 | February 25, 2009 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Capehart is right about at least two things: Obama was masterful and the GOP leaders need to leave their think tanks and gated communities and visit America.

Posted by: protagoras | February 25, 2009 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I listened to Jindal's speech and tried to honestly keep an open mind on what he was saying. I fear my mind was far more open than Mr. Jindal's overall.

I will NEVER understand why people in government keep saying that GOVERNMENT is what is wrong with America, and that either very small government or no government in most cases works better than what we now have.

We had little involvement of government in the lives of average people for many years in the past. We also had child labor, the disenfranchisement of people of color, we had a system where if you were down and out you probably deserved it and there was no agency to help. We did not have SS, we did not have food stamps, and ........

Our government has given us many things we probably could do without. But the strengtheming and enlarging laws by government have made this country what it is today. Strong, decent, caring, and that wasn't accomplished only by tax cuts, which seem to be the mantra of the Republican party.

Posted by: limpscomb | February 25, 2009 8:03 AM | Report abuse

Fred Rogers was not a Navy seal; this is an urban myth. See for a discussion of this topic.

Jindal is more of an academia-produced public servant than a kill-scoring military man. That's a good thing IMO.

Posted by: nebnos | February 25, 2009 8:14 AM | Report abuse

You're looking at deep seated racism.

total refusal, failure, inability to recognize Barack Obama as a man with full citizenship, full mental capacity, full rights, able and capable, highly intelligent, well educated, eloquent.

They really think obstruction won't be viewed as what it is, racism.

They really think that any sexy bimbo, any dark skinned man, any black RNC chair can match Obama...that's how unserious they view him.

pure racism it is not our job to correct.

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 25, 2009 8:17 AM | Report abuse

One would think that the GOP, skilled as they are at manipulating style and image, would catch on to an obvious way to improve these kinds of messages - they should be delivered before live audiences. They disadvantage themselves by using the talking head format. Obama has an orator's gift for evoking and then wielding the energy of an audience. I haven't seen Jindal perform on the stump myself, but I would imagine that he does better in that context than he did last night - don't think he could do much worse.

Posted by: smendler | February 25, 2009 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Jindal has already accomplished more than Obama, including managing a budget and a state. And guess what--he's a Rhodes scholar, which trumps being president of the Harvard Law Review. Unfortunately, too many people are fooled by Obama's oratory. He's an expert at being a dramatic presence--the right tone, pauses, jokes, and hand gestures. But when you read his speeches, you discover that he's really said nothing concrete--just more platitudes and promises. We're going to cure cancer! We're going to give everyone a college education! (Who's going to do the hard labor on that infrastructure if we're all eggheads?) Obama should get real or get a new speechwriter.

Posted by: judithod | February 25, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

That was a great speech by Obama. You guys know it. But the Howdy Dooty Show afterwards was a let down. This is the hope of the Republican Party? When he walked to the podium, it looked like a strong wind would blow him over. I'm listening to Jindahl and finding it hard to believe that this guy is the great Republican hope. It's really, really hard not to just say that the people who voted for this creep don't want any help and so they shouldn't get any. Unfortunately, there a whole bunch who didn't and a lot of children who don't deserve to pay the price for their parents' folly. But my God, I'm gobsmacked by the fact that he actually raised Katrina in the way he did, suggesting that they didn't need government help. I just don't know what to say about that. Of course the Republican Party got their talking points quickly, led by Sean Hannity, Fox and Friends. They were actually angry. And of course old man McCain took his shot. Nothing new there. Now that the legislation has passed, his approval rating is sky high while Republicans are exiled to the basement. The Republican Noise Machine doesn't need the customary 100 days to size up the new president. Right-wing commentators barely needed 30 days to come to their conclusion that they hate everything Barack Obama stands for. So, I pay you no mind.

Posted by: sherardg | February 25, 2009 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal is spoiling his opportunity to be the voice of an improved GOP. I'm beginning to think that his messages are not as much controlled as they are from the heart. This means he is not helping his party expand its reach but rather reiterate the message George Bush promoted in 2000. Though this message may resonate with Reagan Republicans of a certain age, it is certainly, for better or worse, reducing the GOP's chances of being positioned to attract disaffected younger voters in 2010 and 2012.

Posted by: NotARacist | February 25, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I agree with on commentator last night: I think we can all agree that a star was NOT born last night.

Posted by: monk4hall | February 25, 2009 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Well, I've not really read a lot of Capeheart thus far, but I will start. One of his major points was, to me, about Jindal's response holding forth on the need to let business have tax breaks to the working man can get jobs. The salient point here is that we HAVE given tax breaks, incentives, tax deferrals and development tax breaks to too many corporations and what do they do? They rape the shareholders, employees, tax payers, and the company, like the robber barons of the Civil War, they move their plants and headquarters overseas, they engage in offshore accounting to avoid even more taxes, they extort the American workers (once again) by threatening to do just those things if the common man insists on fair, liveable wages; the workers acquiesce, and they do it anyway. There is no belief among the American citizens anymore (except those who refuse to think critically,analytically, and read real history)that corporate management systems will ever be anything more than what the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, and Carnegies, et al, etc ad nauseum, did to the American public so many years ago in the Industrial Age--mansions made of marble while literally killing hundreds of workers who were simply trying not to starve--only now it is with the blessing of the cesspool of corruption, cronyism, and criminality of our government. (For blatant examples of this,check out Chiquita and Dole's use of militia and government forces to annihilate workers fighting for the human rights of liveable wages in Guatemala and Columbia.)

Posted by: ibnrn06 | February 25, 2009 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Bobby Jindal Ugh. Negative, childish and would not be a good leader. He forgot tomention all the money the Government gave to help La. Billions. Why did he not give credit where credit is due. He is a very negative individual. He looks at the glass half empty instead of the glass half full.

Posted by: barryaudrey | February 25, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Good for US,American/Kenyan President; East Indian Governor.

Posted by: jimsbier | February 25, 2009 10:02 AM | Report abuse

Good analysis. The GOP needs to embrace the Charlie Crist's of their party, and once and for all banish Karl Rove-type behavior if they want any hope of winning back the WH. I'm not sure they are capable of this- The GOP is self-destructing.

Posted by: JackBolly1 | February 25, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

One of the most frequent comments concerning Jindal's response was that he "talked down us, like we were children". There is a reason for that and it has to do with the GOP's dillema. They are still hitched to the right wing talk radio crowd. If you listen to Limbaugh, Hannity and the legion of clones that emulate their format, you get the impression that their main audience consists of yahoos out in the heartland who do in fact respond to this sort of condescending attitude. When they call in to their fav host, they usually begin with a sickening litany of obsequeious flatterings that give off the impression that they think they are talking to a king or a monarch.

Look. Jindal came off badly for that reason and for the recital of a familiar list of GOP talking points that served them back in the days when America's true economic conditions were being masked by those who heavily contribute to the campaigns of people like Bobby Jindal. Boil it all down and Jindal was offering essentially the same failed formulas of the past 8 years--tax cuts for "working families" whose incomes are in the top 5%, more and more deregulation (just what we need in the era of ENRON, and Bernie Madoff).

Posted by: jaxas | February 25, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Oh the poor Democrats. Can only make fun of what scares them. Terror in their hearts that they are being pushed aside by events and that the Republicans will have another 12 years in control after the Obama debacle. So sorry, where do I send the flowers?

Posted by: kdjkdj | February 25, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

If you fools believe Capeheart's patently racial advancement of Obama's performance as "boffo", then go ahead and compare Jindal to Mr. Rogers. I'm sure he won't mind being put in the same league as a Navy Seal.
Posted by: magellan1
Magellan1 you are absolutely compare Jindal to Mr. Rogers is a total insult to Mr. Rogers. Jindal IMO can be better compared to Steve on Blues Clues except Jindal doesn't have a clue; he should have asked Blue..."Americans Can Do Anything"--how elementary, lol--hey Steve, here's a tip...just shorten it to a catchy sound bite like "Yes We Can"...oh yeah, that one is already taken, lol...Sarah "the Pitt Bull" Palin was probably dancing in the street last night after Jindal's competition there, lol. Never thought there would be a Repuke whose performance could be worst than Palin. So this is what the Repuke party has to offer...a Pitt Bull in Lipstick who's foreign policy experience amounts to "I can see Russia from my house", A dose of Kryptonite whose mission is to turn the RNC into a "Hip Hop" party (lol now that's the most laughable thing I've heard in ages), and Steve from Blues Clues who hasn't discovered that "America Can Do Anything" is synonymous with "Yes We Can" is becoming clearer and clearer that 2012 will be the best year in history for comedians--now there's a job that will have plenty of openings over the next three to four years, lol...

Posted by: Beingsensible | February 25, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The GOP doesn't have a prayer. OLD ideas that never worked. Free trade isn't free when we are forced to pay for it!

They outsourced the job to India, as usual!

Posted by: Cookie100 | February 25, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

oh and by the way:


Posted by: Cookie100 | February 25, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

I don't like grouping people together, so this applies to the Republicans that it applies to, and they know who they are! The Republicans just don't get it! They think by putting these men of color( RNC chaimman and the so-called rising star) that they are a party of change. Well as you saw int he elections by putting Palin in there was a move that most Americans saw through. And they are seeing through now what the Republicans are trying to accomplish. They are going to pay in 2010 because they are not sincere.They think by being wishy-washy they're going to get somewhere with votes. Can you see it?

Posted by: cpierce17 | February 25, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Good thing the Obamanation-ers at the trough were watching the rock star in full performance last night, so somebody could respond to a column about the response. I fell asleep between the President's droning sentences and the ridiculous applause he received on virtually every line. Boy, were the Beltliners excited! Meanwhile, Jindal's audio was terrible and looking into a camera vs. having a ravenous audience gave him a called strike before beginning a counter-message after what was another overdone example of what The Phenom does best.

Posted by: patriciomick9999 | February 25, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

You Republicans have all of the answers so why don't Limbaugh and Hannity, or Savage run for something or are they so comfortable behind the mic. I believe these people are who you are and in America today, that's not good enough! In time with the aging of America, you will become what you are today Obstructionist, Racist, Hard-headed half-emptied and ???????????????

Posted by: cpierce17 | February 25, 2009 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Poor Bobby Jindal indeed. Next!

Posted by: urania_1 | February 25, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

It's the James Watt GOP!

"We got a black [Steele], a woman [Palin}, one Jew [Cantor], and in place of the cripple, an Indian [Jindal]. We don't have talent!"

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 25, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

He sounded like he was talking to a 5-year old the whole time.

Posted by: CypressTree | February 25, 2009 2:56 AM


He has to. Red states have the lowest educational levels in the country.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | February 25, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

I actually felt bad for Gov Jindal. He is apparently a very smart man but his delivery was very amaturish. I can't imagine this is how he spoke during his run for Governor. I didn't come off as condescending or Mr. Rogers to me, he came off as overly scripted and inexperienced.

His comments had no substance. After the first five minutes I was wondering exactly where the rebuttal was.

I was very curious to see Gov. Jindal since Rush Limbaugh has pronounced him the next Ronald Reagan. Apparently Gov. Palin is out, Gov. Jindal is in. Sadly, the GOP is not really looking for the next Ronald Reagan, they are looking for their own Barck Obama. The GOP needs to figure out who they are first. Are they Reagan-Limbaughs or are they wanne-be Obamas?

At any rate, first impressions are the ones that stick and Gov. Jindal will have to work very hard to overcome his painful introduction to the American people.

Posted by: agolembe | February 25, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

GOP + Jindal = SWINDLE.

Posted by: bfieldk | February 25, 2009 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Actually Jindal wrote that speech himself so he had a double fail.

From The Hill:

Jindal Penned Most of Tuesday's Reponse Himself

Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), not the Republican National Committee (RNC), will be drafting the content of the Republican response to President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday.

"The governor writes his own material," Jindal spokeswoman Melissa Sellers told the Monroe News Star. "It is the governor’s speech, although the National Republican Committee and congressional leaders have folks who are helping to edit it."

Congressional Republican leaders indicated that they may have more of a hand in the process, but that the speech is still fundamentally Jindal's.

Posted by: FauxReal | February 25, 2009 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"'On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another one of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long sleeve sweater to cover the many tattoo's on his forearm and biceps.'

If you fools believe Capeheart's patently racial advancement of Obama's performance as "boffo", then go ahead and compare Jindal to Mr. Rogers. I'm sure he won't mind being put in the same league as a Navy Seal.

Posted by: magellan1"

Sorry Friend that is an urban myth/legend. check out a web site that covers urban legends. Fred wasn't a killer or in the Navy Seals, ever.

Posted by: Thatsnuts | February 25, 2009 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I am amazed the Republican party ok'd Jindahl's speech and him as speaker. The one of us party trotting out not one of us as spokesman with the same failed small government regulation, trickle down Reaganomics minus the spending he did to create jobs was comical. Only an idiot believes you can't write unemployment extentions based on Federal government money being there. Katrina an example of poor Democratic governing shows a lack of thought. So does marking to market which would bankrupt 4 of the 5 largest banks making the stock shares and TARP money worthless. Obama right or wrong has taken responsibility for his stimulus package, can you say sorry for the hurt and come up with some good ideas or do you treat us like 5 year olds speaking in a Mr. Rogers deadpan. Senator Collins got needed waterways upgrades into the bill, too bad the party does not honor thinkers that help their fellow Americans.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 25, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans' catechism used to be tax cut and deregulation. At least they no longer mention deregulation any more and this is progress.

Posted by: lohengrin | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

'On another note, there was this wimpy little man (who just passed away) on PBS, gentle and quiet. Mr. Rogers is another one of those you would least suspect of being anything but what he now portrays to our youth. But Mr. Rogers was a U.S. Navy Seal, combat proven in Vietnam with over twenty-five confirmed kills to his name. He wore a long sleeve sweater to cover the many tattoo's on his forearm and biceps.'

If you fools believe Capeheart's patently racial advancement of Obama's performance as "boffo", then go ahead and compare Jindal to Mr. Rogers. I'm sure he won't mind being put in the same league as a Navy Seal.

Yo, Magellan1 - you need to get out more - or stop getting your history from the "National Inquirer"
Fred "Mister" Rogers - did not serve in the military, did not have any tatoos, and did not kill anyone, in Vietnam or anywhere else! The thing about being a Navy SEAL is pure urban mythology!
If you believe this - you'll believe anything!

Posted by: tmcn2 | February 25, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, it wasn't the golly-gee-wilikers delivery that should make us feel sorry for Jindal. It was the lack of coherence. It was the lack of ideas. It was the lack of thought. It was the lack of an understanding of the state the US is in. It was a lack of understanding of the role of government in creating this mess and getting us out of this mess. Tax cuts? Was he serious? I was speechless. It was such a bad response to a pseudo-SOTU address that I could not believe it.

Posted by: SuzinKS | February 25, 2009 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Is anyone surprised that a partisan hack like Capeheart didn't like Jindal's speech? Are these same people surprised that Hannity didn't like Obama's?


Posted by: bobmoses | February 25, 2009 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Hate to side with an "expert" theorist, jamesschirico, but he called it on the mark by stating that Katrina was a Democratic governor's fiasco, aided as Kathleen Blanco was by that idiot mayor, Ray Nagin. That's why Kathleen - the Demoncrat - is out and Bobby - the Republican - is in. Somehow, Nagin, another Demoncrat, got reelected again.

Posted by: patriciomick9999 | February 25, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: RightDownTheMiddle | February 25, 2009 1:05 PM | Report abuse

As the song goes..."get a new plan, Stan..."

Posted by: poppysue85 | February 25, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

The President made a moving, scintillating and convincing performance.
Bobby Jindal was crucified by the Republican leadership. All the intelligent aspirants for 2012 nomination carefully avoided the assignment; knowing fully well they would have ended up looking like a cat sunk in water. Who do you all think would have done better? Romney, Huckabee, Palin all would have destroyed themselves with the pauperish idea bank of their party in comparison with the mastery dispalyed by the President who has one great advantage with him, " sincerity to the cause".

Posted by: ajnairus | February 25, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Jindal has yet... as the entire GOP/RNC has yet . . to display an iota of "personal accountability or responsibility" for WHY the nation/globe is in utter collapse thanks to their protracted control of DC. Like any addict, the GOP's lack of acknowleding there is a problem, they then select to continue to fail WE THE PEOPLE.

Their continuing meme of hatred for government does not disguise their hatred of WE THE PEOPLE...yet we the people witness their entire 'hate the gov' GOP party clawing and grasping to be in the government they despise. Just once I'd like to hear a journalist ask their "rising stars" and candidates ask WHY they run for gov office while despising that very goveernment.

The Government of the people and by the people is so publicly despised by the party's talking heads in their public profferings time and again .... when they show their contempt for our government, it is WE THE PEOPLE they admit - publicly - they despise.

Posted by: spritey | February 25, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Jindal had a disastrous showing. This is primetime, the big leagues not Southern or LA politics. This was a swing and a big miss. I was really shocked. I was expecting much more from him. His speech seemed to have no relevance to Obama's. I know most will write the speech in advance but at least one should be able to ad lib by citing and retorting some points of opponent said. The beginning was creepy, the rest was just recycled tax-cut mantra.

The Repukes I guess have to start over. Giuliani failed them, Huckabee failed them, Palin failed them, and now Jindal is going down in flames. Who is left in the GOP who can bring them some respectability? Because they are getting a drubbing.

Posted by: jabreal00 | February 25, 2009 1:27 PM | Report abuse

What about Michael Steele? Oops, oh yeah. Nevermind.


Posted by: free-donny | February 25, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

watching jindal speak, i am convinced that he does not believe what he says. everything about him appears carefully calculated to maximize self-promotion.

if he is the future of the republican party, the democrats have great cause to rejoice.

Posted by: beastlet | February 25, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Capeheart, I like that listen to the sane Republican Governors. Jindal,and Sanford sure aren't among that group. I even have to give Kudos to Gov Arnold of California. George Stephanopolus asked him on his show why are you a Republican when you believe in many things that the Democrats do. He said while he still believes in Republican principles he recognizes he has to listen to what the majority of people want. He recognizes he is a Public Servant. He said both the Democrats and Republicans need to put Politics aside and do what is best for the American people. He is one of the sane one.
You can't tell me President Obama didn't put Mark Sanford on blast by bringing that girl from South Carolina to Congress last night. This girl wrote a letter to President Obama about conditions in her South Carolina school. Well why didn't she write a letter to Governor Sanford? She knew he wasn't going to do anything about it. All he talks about is fiscal conservatism. Well how well is fical conservatism in your state bud when the conditions in your state are put on blast for the nation and the world to hear?

Yet and still you talk about not taking stimulus money. Stick to your priniciples but don't hurt the people you serve in the process with your but backwards way of thinking.
South Carolina has one of the worse Public schools in the Nation. They have 16 year old school buses. They have had to borrow from the federal government two times now because there unemployment record in their state is so bad that they don't have the money to pay for it. Yet they want those low taxes. But your state doesn't have any quality services for the people who live in it. My thing is you need to clean your own house before your start complaining about they way someone else is running a bigger house.

You heard nothing from them when Bush was spending his way into this Trillion dollar deficit. You heard nothing from them when Cheney's former company Haliburton was awarded contracts over there in Iraq. Now they want to complain about President Obama having to spend money to clean up their mess. They offer no solutions but Bobby Jindal who doesn't even have things in his own corner clean. I bet New Orleans 9th ward for the most part still looks like the day after Katrina hit it. He refused 2% of the stimulus money because of your principals. Please.
Let Jindal and Palin and that idiot Rush keep speaking and representing the GOP. They will continue to be the obstinant minority party that they are now with perhaps even a less few of them in Washington.
Conservatives are resistant to change. Well change has come to Washington. We know for the next 4 yrs it is going to stay there. Get over yourselves GOP. Get with the program and stop acting like spoiled 2 year old who can't get their way. Frankly I think it is selfish and antipatriotic.

Posted by: bjlopez1130 | February 25, 2009 1:45 PM | Report abuse


If I wanted to wreck the US economy even further, I'd arrange a new trillion dollars in purely deficit government spending, to burden the country with debt, and to take money out of the private sector. And guess what the Democrat geniuses in Congress and President Obama have just done? And now they want to add MORE deficit spending? How can people be so foolish as to fall for this?
you haven't been paying much attention or you don't know what you are talking about. THE GOVERNMENT ISN'T TAKING MONEY OUT OF THE PRIVATE SECTOR! THE GOVERNMENT IS PUTTING MONEY INTO IT!

Surely you have heard the words bail out for the umpteenth time whenever the stimulus package is mentioned???? And yes, this is deficit spending or investing in America however anyone wants to see it but you error when accusing President Obama of taking money out of the private markets. Please go back and read a few of the news reports on the stimulus package.

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | February 25, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Tax cuts, tax cuts, tax cuts. Aren't there too many people in this country right now who are unemployed and essentially have no income? Tax cuts do them no immediate good whatsoever.

Posted by: cd789 | February 25, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

patriciomick9999 wrote:

Hate to side with an "expert" theorist, jamesschirico, but he called it on the mark by stating that Katrina was a Democratic governor's fiasco, aided as Kathleen Blanco was by that idiot mayor, Ray Nagin. That's why Kathleen - the Demoncrat - is out and Bobby - the Republican - is in. Somehow, Nagin, another Demoncrat, got reelected again.

You forgot to mention that that Katrina exposed the Bush Administration and all its barking GOP imps for the careless, clueless and dangerous buffoons that they are. The majority of the American people never looked at the republicans the same since Katrina. And when we were hit with an economic Katrina we saw our President (Bush) and his party got Katrina on us again and as a result we voted out the Republicans.

And judging by the incredible denial these idiots are displaying it will probably take being voted into near extinction before they realize how loathe their ideas are and they by proxy.

Posted by: SteelWheel25 | February 25, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the contents of the speech were same-o/same-o Republican't claptrap, but the DELIVERY was absolutely horrible.

Did he practice? Did he practice in front of a mirror? Did he videotape himself and then watch the tape?

He did what a lot of poor speakers do -- he didn't give the emphasis to the right words. Instead he sort of gave every 5th word a little hit of emphasis.

At the end he said something like "We ARE Americans" when he clearly should have said "We are AMERICANS." After all, no one is disputing we're Americans.

Poor, poor reading of lame, lame speech.

Posted by: RealCalGal | February 25, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Good Grief. Jindal complained about government redtape in getting boats to people in the Katrina disaster, it was the Bush administration that screwed up, not the Obama administration. What an idiot this fella is. He "poor family" from India rising to the top - let's get over this entry into politics. Bad timing, bad GOP representative. He does not even deserve to be governor of LA.

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

If Jindal is the best the Republicans can muster, then the Dems need not worry about the next term. He was pathetic in his "I want to be" role. If he had a grain of moral courage, given his naysaying, he should reject any funds from the Feds, (but he won't). Are you listening Rush? To use a Bushism "bring it on".

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

What's a volcano?

Jindal's speech is willful ignorance, predicated on the presumed shared ignorance of the intended audience:

Posted by: chabot744 | February 25, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The GOP is not dealing with the problem. Sure we have a credit freeze problem. We have a meltdown of the Bank and Mortgage industry.

But we also have a huge trade deficit, open borders, and a mismanagement of the federal budget for the last 8 years.

The GOP doesn't want you to know that they created 1 problem and didn't have to. They could have raised taxes to pay for the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The american people would have gone along with it.

Second the GOP knew that the tax cuts would make the trade deficit worse. They ordered a study on the trade deficit in 1998 and their own economists told them a tax cut would be irresponsible. (OCT 2000)

They really want to talk about something else. Anything else. Sending up Bobby Jindal was an alternative - perhaps not a good one but certainly better than leveling with the american people.

Posted by: agapn9 | February 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Dutchess2: i agree completely with your analysis of racism. the repubs truly believe they can trot out brown and black spouting the same heartlessness the old puffy pink cheeks having been shoveling for decades and we are supposed to believe
WHAT?? that this time because non-white says it that it's true? dont think so people: not only are we smart, we have always been smart, but we haven't had the space to shine. now we are shining....i just wonder if these people of color actually believe this moral dryrot or have they merely been co-opted; wouldn't be the first time, would it. i can't wait for them to drag out a black woman.

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

After Gov Palin - Gov Jindal.
God bless Republican Party, These people are doing lot good to America by promising an 8 year rule for Pres Obama.

Posted by: dvsikka | February 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Jindls' rebutal to Obamas' speach was pitiful. How bad was it ? Half way through it I began feeling sorry for the guy.

Posted by: WESHS49 | February 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

The Gov. of Louisiana showed the epitome of irresponsibility on his and the GOP part last night. What he said was that this country and the people don’t count. For them, GOP, it’s all about politics, posturing and photo ops. This third war, economic, was created and dropped in Obama’s laps by the GOP.
Eight years of their misguided policies have led to this nightmarish economic collapse with some twenty trillion dollars gone into thin air and the subsequent ruination of millions of American lives. This is nothing less than another Hooverish economic holocaust brought on by the GOP. They think nothing of it.
I was listening for an apology from Jindal. I was to be disappointed once again. He took the old Bush line. Stepping over the economically prostrated bodies of men, women and children, the GOP’s position is that they did nothing about which an apology to the people need be rendered. Madoff is a GOP look-a-like.
The election results of last November in which the people spoke loud and clear don’t matter to them. Obstructionists they have been and will continue to be in order to stifle the will of the people. The people don’t count. Partisan politics is all that matters. If they can stop and/or limit the country’s recovery, then they hope to turn their obstructionist activities into future political victories. The suffering of the people is of no import to them.
In this third war, President Obama and his team are now the ones (economic soldiers) with “boots on the ground”. The GOP folks are showing themselves to be nothing better than traitorous deserters, walking off the battlefield of the war they, themselves, started. They present a loathsome and pathetic site before God and man. I can only conclude that there are still TOO MANY OF THEM ON CAPITOL HILL. I hope that the DNC is listening.

Posted by: vmonroe_valnesio | February 25, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Palin/Jindal 2012: The Dream Team!

for Democrats and everyone else that wants the GOP gone for the next forty years ...

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 25, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

oh and by the way, Comrade Jindal, I live next to a giant active volcano called Mount Rainier which, when it goes, is probably going to have a good chance of killing 250,000 American citizens and burning the skin off of another 250,000 who will probably die from the burns.

So, yeah, I think monitoring volcanoes might be a good thing .. at Yellowstone Park, in Alaska, in Washington, in Oregon, in California ....

How's your boat registration working, America-hater?

Posted by: WillSeattle | February 25, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans' catechism used to be tax cut and deregulation. At least they no longer mention deregulation any more and this is progress.
Posted by: lohengrin

That is a great point.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 25, 2009 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I particularly liked the part where he talked about how he got the crime levels down in LA. Yes - and he said this on the day that 6 people were shot during the Mardi Gras parade. Talk about out of touch - Whew!

Posted by: Julescator | February 25, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

WillSeattle, even FOX News thought the volcano point was idiotic.,2933,500267,00.html

Geologist Erupts at Jindal's Volcano Question

After President Obama's speech on the economy last night, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal criticized government spending in the stimulus bill, citing examples including "$140 million for something called 'volcano monitoring.'"

When he heard Jindal's remarks, (John) Eichelberger (program coordinator for the USGS's Volcano Hazards Program), said he "was frankly astonished" that the governor would use this particular example, given his own state's recent brush with a catastrophic natural disaster.

Among the scenarios in which the USGS’s monitoring can assist — the catastrophic eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, which killed 57 people (including a geologist monitoring the mountain) and was the deadliest and costliest volcanic eruption in U.S. history ($2.74 billion in 2007 dollars).

This event was preceded by thousands of earthquakes in the two months before the volcano blew its top; some of these prompted the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency and many residents were evacuated from a designated danger zone.

"This is a hazard we can do something about," Eichelberger said. "We can spend a modest amount of money and prevent a tragedy."

About 50 volcanic eruptions occur around the world every year, according to the USGS. The United States ranks third, behind Indonesia and Japan, in its number of historically active volcanoes...About 65 volcanoes in the United States are considered active...

The USGS has three volcanic observatories — in Alaska, Hawaii and the Cascades — set up to monitor volcanoes for signs of impending eruption.

USGS scientists are currently monitoring Alaska's Mount Redoubt, which has been threatening to erupt since late January.

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 25, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse




It was bizarre, creepy, condescending and delusional. He wasn't even responding to Obama's ACTUAL speech or his ACTUAL policies.

Odd. As a Democrat, I feel pretty confident about the future of our party if this weenie is the Republicans' rising star. What a dud.

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

What negativism are you talking about? So, disagreeing on government's role in our lives and the bureaucracy that stands in the way of those who want to do good for others, that makes someone negative? I thought he was honest and austere, as opposed to Obama's ridiculously empty flair and empty rhetoric. Jindal has real accomplishments, Obama has none. He's done nothing, except put us on the path to out of control government spending and expansion.

Please don't suggest Crist as the path we need to take. We already ran a moderate candidate, McCain. Moderates like those lose. We're not going to give in our principles, just because the media misled the public about Obama. There was no referendum on conservative principles. This last election was a referendum on government spending over the past 8 years--which includes the last two when Dems controlled Congress, and Obama voted for more spending.

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

The Jindal speech was no shining example of speech making. My biggest complaint about Jindal is his stand on not taking stimulus money to cover unemployment benefits for his state's residents. Apparently he cares little for people in his state who are suffering with job loss. He is letting his own political thoughts stand in the way of unemployment benefits for his own state residents. Go figure. Who cares how he speaks. No one could compare well with Obama who is an accomplished orator and one who just naturally inspires confidence. Jindal's problems are so much greater because his stubborn refusal for bail-out funds means unemployed folks will not have any way to feed their kids due to his political bias that puts silly political dogma before the well being of his state's residents. His little pitched fit he made may dissolve his ability to get any money after the comments by the chairman of the committee writing the states' bailout bill saying the offer was not an alacart menu. It means 'take it all or get none'. I guess the message of those who talked about wanting to pick and chose which money they chose will be comfortable with losing all of the stimulus package. If so they will lose the chance for any money.

Posted by: mari2JJ | February 25, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

the new face of the republican party a TOON right out of "who loves roger rabbit"
with a distinguished background of far right wing beliefs and of course EXORCISM which he participated in during college as a RHODES SCHOLAR no less at brown univ.
with sarah palins born again armageddon beliefs and her witch hunter from africa the circle of stupity will be complete.
when OH WHEN will republicans just GROW UP.

Posted by: JudgeAlan | February 25, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Heh, heh! I saw Jindal's response last night and I became increasingly amused to the point of not even listening to the words. I just could not believe how silly this guy sounded, and kept envisioning the nerd I remembered in high school years ago. I never thought anyone would make Sarah Palin look like a viable candidate. Good going, slumdog!

Posted by: sandnsmith | February 25, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"We're not going to give in our principles, just because the media misled the public about Obama."
Thats it! Stand up for your own principles and then sit down on your own stool!

Ya all keep thinking that, one Hoover or Bush per century is enough.

Posted by: plaza04433 | February 25, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Whether trying to evoke Fred Rogers or Don Knotts, Bobby Jindal certainly seemed to aim his initial message toward the 7 and under crowd. After his personal infomercial and hollow talk for Democrats and Republicans need to work together, Jindal seemed intent on stereotypic party contrasts from a Jurassic Period party play book. Not quite Neo-jingoism, but working on it. Please NRC, bring him back again.

Posted by: USCitizen2 | February 25, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

FOX News kicking Jindal (and Palin and Bush):

"Volcano monitoring likely saved many lives — and significant money — in the case of the 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines (where the United States had military bases at the time), according to the USGS.

The cataclysmic eruption lasted more than 10 hours and sent a cloud of ash as high as 22 miles into the air that grew to more than 300 miles across.

The USGS spent less than $1.5 million monitoring the volcano and was able to warn of the impending eruption, which allowed authorities to evacuate residents, as well as aircraft and other equipment from U.S. bases there.

The USGS estimates that the efforts saved thousands of lives and prevented property losses of at least $250 million (considered a conservative figure).

Volcanoes, of course, aren't the only potential natural disaster that scientists monitor to give people warnings of imminent danger. Hurricanes, tornado-producing storms, earthquakes, tsunamis and flooding events are also watched and forecast.

While those predictions can result in mitigating the damage and losses that result from natural disasters, the research is only useful in a practical sense for residents if authorities pay heed to it.

For instance, in the case of Hurricane Katrina, the Natural Hurricane Center was watching the situation like a hawk, but the subsequent preparations and responses by authorities was insufficient to prevent wholesale destruction of large parts of New Orleans and the loss of more than 1,800 lives.

Jindal's comment comes at a time when President Obama has pledged to return science to the White House, an effort widely applauded by scientists who felt shunned by the previous administration.

The criticism of government funding of scientific research was similar to remarks made last fall during the presidential campaign by vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin, who was dismissive of fruit fly research."

Even FOX is sick of being patronized.,2933,500267,00.html

Posted by: bourassa1 | February 25, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm starting to realize who populates the dwindling ranks of the GOP faithful -- the gullible. Folks who "buy" urban myths about Mr. Rogers being a Navy Seal. Even a basic search will clear up that myth.

Trouble is, cynical Karl Rove knew he could "sell" his "product" to these easily fooled folks who don't bother to look for the truth. They believe what they want to believe. Karl knew that. But the vast number of "ordinary" adult Americans out in the country CAN RECOGNIZE when there's a real crisis going on, and they now see through all the fakery and lies of the "ad-making" and "brand-dealing" and patronizing pap that seems to be all the GOP has to offer.

I'm sure Bobby is a fine young man, and a smart one and an accomplished one -- but he's stuck with stale and limited ideas that didn't work before, aren't working now, and aren't fooling the grown-ups in the room.

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 25, 2009 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I spent way too much time last Thursday in a doctor’s waiting room sandwiched between a young evangelical pro-lifer and a geriatric Rush Limbaugh fan. After listening to their drivel and to the response by the Republican Party’s “Great Minority Hope” last night, I can only draw one conclusion: Republicans are brain dead.

Posted by: moongoddess1 | February 25, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Here is the problem. Bobby is trying to sell the political equivalent of the Yugo. Everyone knows it is junk and does not work. Also, one can only look at the state of Louisiana in terms of its economy, its education system, its civil rights record, and it health care system to know that this man has a lot of work to do before he starts trying too solve problems on the national stage.

Posted by: cdierd1944 | February 25, 2009 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Wilderness? These people are not even on the same planet! As a FORMER Republican, I prefer and expect this group of whatever to become a rump splinter Party at best. A new responsible party needs to be formed that specifically excludes anyone currently willing to claim they are Limbaugh or Falwell Republicans. Perhaps us Eisenhower, Stevenson, Buckley republicans will join such a party!

Posted by: Chaotician | February 25, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Piyush Jindal has no blood in the ground. His political views came from walking through a store with his father. I don't recall hearing of any Colonel Jindals in the Civil War or any other US war. I understand he is American, but his views are simplistic and not based upon hard earned freedom. He didn't build this nation. Why does anyone think he can lead this nation?

Posted by: martiniano | February 25, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Well, that was a brief stint in the national spotlight for Governor Jindal.
Or, maybe presidential hopeful Sarah Palin could choose him as her running mate in 2012.
Right now, though, Jindal might focus better on solving one or two of Louisiana's problems.
Was McCain behind this guy, too?

Posted by: jmf3210 | February 25, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

i think the governor of louisianna needs to get over the issues for the republicans rebellious obsession over a president that has done more in 30 days than the republican parties did in 8 years.its clear them as well as president bush got us into this mess.are they worried maybe obama will get us it that improtant for the republicans to be right or wrong. we are here for all the country both republican and democrat and black,white and all citizens of this country. see i was a rebublican voter who turned democrat in the last election based off what greoge bush and the republicans caused. first the personal bush vendetta against iraq. which caused so many young lives and others as well.see i'm a totally disabled vietnam veteran who stands proud and strong for my country and served and happy i did.the days of this repulican/democrat crap has to end. i think we should draft a law to do away with the parties and a free type election based on a persons understanding and ways of solving problems for the good of us all.i think we needed a president like obama because he know what it is to live as the regular person in the city and streets of our country. reall what does a person know about those who are poor or deprived if they never experienced it. but what they heard or what they are told by those themselfs who don't know.i offer any republican and challenge them as well to live 6 months in downtown in a low class or run down neighborhood. i will offer to do the same to their challenge if they accept and see who can handle things from out here better. so my offers open to you washington republicans, oh i may need secret service protection if you take me up on it. no not from the neighborhood but from you republican counterparts.i fought for freedom and anyone who can offer what president obama is trying to do has my utmost respect and backing

Posted by: james53 | February 25, 2009 5:49 PM | Report abuse

It was a remix and I love Ann -- Mr Rogers cartoon. As I am now a grandmother, I was insulted he would speak to me a voter as I would speak to one of them. (One is 3 1/2 the other is 18 mos.)
Oh well, have him go away for about 10 years and come back when he does grow up. They are talking about Zombie banks, how about the zombie gop??

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

Comparing Bobby Jindal's deliver to that of Fred Rogers is an insult to the latter. Mr. Rogers calibrated his message in such a way that that it reached and was comprehended by its primary audience -children - while not alienating, offending, or patronizing the secondary audiecne - their parents and guardians. He communicated the way he did by design. Jindal did so by accident if he was attempting to address adults with working brains, or by bad design, if he was not. Furthermore, he clearly failed to not annoy adults. At best, you could say that he did a bad Fred Roberts impression.

Posted by: mason08 | February 25, 2009 6:20 PM | Report abuse

I might not mind Republican propaganda if it were close to accurate but I did listen to Governor Jindal's rebuttal in hopes that the "new" Republican hope would show improvement -- my jaw dropped as I listened and realized the GOP has gotten worse in such a short period of time.

The introduction was self-serving and bewildering -- was he rebutting or using it to introduce potential voters to who he is/was? The reference to Katrina was a vain "good ole boy" example that didn't make sense and instead reminded viewers that the failure of the government was due to leadership by political appointees put in positions of power not for their abilities but their connections. As a Californian I remember the '94 quake when Clinton was out in force in days along with more FEMA workers than victims and all at the speed of light -- a functioning government can make a bad situation better -- this was a Bush (Republican) failure.

The rabid insistence that giving tax breaks to big business and the rich hasn't worked from day one (sorry guys, Reagan started this can we please say since it hasn't worked in 30+ years can we try something else?). And would someone please tell the Republicans there is no high speed rail plan from Disneyland to Vegas. There is money for a high speed rail program but there are several cities and states putting together proposals to win that portion -- and yes one that might propose a rail is LOS ANGELES to Vegas since Vegas is hurting for business and there are a lot of Southern Californians who travel to/from Vegas but it is doubtful it will win over some of the others. And might I suggest that studying volcanos isn't a waste of money when you consider Yellowstone and other places where we need to monitor activity -- it's called being prepared -- oh right Republicans don't believe in that because they just pray and all the answers are given when they are needed.

Posted by: Lemon7221 | February 25, 2009 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Now it seems that the GOP thinks an off-the-wall biography is the answer. Find another Obama. They used to know that ideas were key--maybe they have forgotten that because they only used their ideas as a smokescreen for the rich and powerful behaving badly.

Posted by: rusty3 | February 25, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

The Republicans are rooting for the stimulus package to produce failure, thereby hoping that misery will become more widespread. Then they hope that some of those same people will forget that it was a Republican administration that took a budget surplus and saddled the nation with trillions in debt; they hope that people will forget that it was a Republican that chose to go to war on the basis of falsehoods while dismissing prudent preparations; and they hope that people will forget that it was a Republican administration that tarnished the nation’s soul by ordering the torture detainees and by suborning acts of sexual humiliation.

With all of that pressing down on Governor Jindal, it is no wonder that he looked like a little boy lost in a big man’s shirt. (apologies to EC)

Posted by: SCKershaw | February 25, 2009 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed at only one (albeit strong) comment on the moronic volcano comment, by this Republican nitwit. After Katrina? Is Bobby from Louisiana? Is he coming out against wasteful government spending on levees? And the way Mr. Jindal spoke, was baby talk. Maybe that's what it takes to get elected in Louisiana. Sad, indeed.

Posted by: henry6 | February 25, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

"Now it seems that the GOP thinks an off-the-wall biography is the answer." So true! And of course, that's NOT the point at all! If the Republican's could come up with an elderly WASP male ... who had better ideas than Barack ... why then, Barack would vote for him! Or for her if female! With enthusiasm! No one cares about all the race/religion/etc. rubbish, any more .. we care about getting our USA moving again ... the way it used to be! Reform health care! Reform Social Security (reduce my benefits)! Invest in fundamental science and engineering, and mathematics! Get minorities contributing in science/engineering/mathematics even more than they are already! LET'S GET GOING!

Posted by: henry6 | February 25, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

gov. jindal is a fine gov.- the fact is that i thought we were in a depression,according to obama, the worst anybody ever seen.. what does studying valcanos, trains,ect have do with the average person getting a job? i think obamas whole (spending)plan is freakin pork(joke). it only consist of construction jobs, bridges,trains,saving rats, is this gonna help the average joe? every construction company i know is working, because they get funding by the state, now how is this gonna benifit anyone that accually needs it down here, for the average joe? guess what, it aint.. jindal is talking for the average person, because he knows that small buisness are the back bone of the country.. when obama spends all that money, you still wont have a freakin job?--the blind leading the blind for sure

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 7:39 PM | Report abuse

O.k., lets see. Jindal, a dark faced man like the President, dressed in a black suit and a red stripped tie like the President, walks from a back hallway onto screen to look Presidential, and starts his speech with the President's background. Hum, it seems Jindal's primary message was that I am also a man of color that is enough like Obama that you should like me too. He then goes onto deliver several of Obama's lines (he must have gotten an advanced copy) and distinguished himself only by saying that Republicans believe in self-help. By the way, was it self-help that the people in New Orleans were looking for when they clung to their roofs during Hurricane Katrina? I think Jindal is an intelligent guy, but he and the Republican Party still don't get it. Obama is not a pied-piper. Obama's skin and "exotic" background didn't get him elected and it won't get Jindal elected either. Next time Mr. Jindal, wear your own suit and tie, start off with your own background, write your own speech, and explain to us how you are going to rebuild the lower ninth ward, in a manner that permits its residents to return, without ANY government assistance. And then explain to us why you haven't already done it. Now that is a person that I would be interested to see and a speech I would like to hear. You Sir are no Barack Obama.

Posted by: CharacterCounts | February 25, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Mr Jindal needs to learn that an "all hazards approach" is vital to Homeland Security.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 25, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse (DEM) was in control during katrina, not jindal. i live here in louisiana, and was in katrina.. gov. blanco didnt have a evac plan, or any kind of freakin plan.. but it was mostly the people of new orleans, that ignored the hurricane, and didnt evac-- i was on the northshore, so i didnt get water like those guys--

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 7:56 PM | Report abuse

jindal is a very good gov. and is for the people..not like the greedy money hungry people in washinton. everybody knows what louisiana was like with all the corruption,ect. back in the day.. theres been alot of growth here since jindal became gov.-- nobody can deny that..-- if you want to choose a good leader, just look at the state that they ran-- lets compair alaska's (sarah palin) to obama's (chicago)-- i seen somebody talking bout palin--lol..sarah palin is also for the people.. she would have made a fine VP for sure

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Kudos to JC. This was a very interesting
article. However,Jandal.Jandal Jandal. Give these LA folks a break. I don't think he got it about Katrina,either. I had just left LA on Friday before Katrina Mon.and 2wks later, I had calls from folks who had returned to La from CA only a few years prior, calling me to tell me of their castastrophe. This was no time to bring up what appeared to be HIS campaign platform. DUH. Did he know the History of Louisiana?
The PEOPLE,Music,Art,Maw Leans,and yes,the struggles and fears of the levees. Someone really wanted to replace that failing Dem gov really bad,and it appears that Jandal got lucky to replace him. From the tone of J's speech, I hope folks got the message that he may have used LA folks to be Gov, as a stepping stone to be President,for which he is not READY. It appears forlack of unconditional love of country and he American People, and he appears not to be PATRIOTIC enough to be Gov,let alone President.

Posted by: mamamay | February 25, 2009 8:24 PM | Report abuse

well, that DEM gov. was a she-- kathleen blanco--lol.. i just saying, if you want a good leader, look at the state they ran.. and compair-- example-- sarah palin (alaska) v obama (chicago)- compair the two..- jindal ran against blanco, i think it was alittle after 911, and nobody really voted for jindal, because he looked forgein--lol.. i think thats why he lost against blanco the first go around.. but he won the second go around after people found out more bout him you know..

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal is better off leaving the GOP. He needs to look in the mirror and realize that he is being used as a pawn by the desperate, extreme right wing of the GOP. He is a smart and compassionate leader.
If he wants to lead, he needs to do it independent of his party. The GOP continues to be the obstructionist party since the days of Newt. Maybe, with some courage, he'll be the one that can lead the GOP back into being a party that is compassionate, inclusive, and intelligent again. The party of Lincoln and Reagan.

Posted by: indymax | February 25, 2009 8:44 PM | Report abuse

You know guys, I got pulled into Jendal's speech.., for the first few minutes, I thought he was commending Obama on a job well done..., It took awhile before I realized that he was making a complaint against the Democrats. I was spell bounded...sitting here with my mouth dropped open, listening to this frail sounding and looking..., character. This was my first time ever seeing him..., If it had not been for the caption under the screen, I would not have known who he was....,

The purpose of this speech became very clear, as he continued to speak in this soft "kindergarten teacher voice"! I found myself asking..., Did he not hear the speech? Yet, this was a video that had been planned too far in advance. The Republican party allowed this man to humiliate, not only himself, but America's Republican Party. The world evaluated this party last night..,

And the way they remained seated in the chambers on several occasion,as everyone that could stand,was standing and applauding their Commander in Chief...,, So disrespectful! They reminded me of the "Gang Like Thugs" from the Al Capone era. Who was the leader of this gang? He must have an awfully lot of Power to control so many people at that time and place!

They all need a lesson in Robert's Rules of Order. The Stimulus Bill is Law! Like it or not! Just because you did not get your way.., grown men forming a secret Coo to derail the progress of the President of the USA! Another "Sad Day" in America!

Posted by: kittycat46 | February 25, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

nope-- i dont believe that.. hes not extreme.. yes he is smart and compassionate, and a man with good values, and the people at heart.. --DANG, he would make a fine leader as pres

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 8:54 PM | Report abuse

oh, his speech sounds soft to you.. mabe you should look at his results before you condem him.. you see, obama is a fine speaker, but not a doer.. the dumb is always easy influinced by words, and not by accual results..thats why obama won,- what i call the dumb people vote..(obama didnt accually do anything) theres more dumb [people in the world that smart ones--you agree? i see jindal for what hes accually done you see-- speaches dont accually get stuff done you day you will understaind this

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

Is the best the Republicans can do what a disgrace? Gov. Jindal needs more polish and experience, he needs to make progress in Louisiana, which is closet state to a Third World Nation in the US. It appears that Jindal is not ready for prime time; he needs to send down to minor leagues. The Republicans or Conservatives that have a shot they might have to wait 8 years unless Obama mess up are Mike Huckabee, Eric Cantor, and Joe Scarborough these are the only Republicans that appear to collation builders, and know these are the only Republicans that could get some black vote. The question is do they have to wait until 2012 or 2016. Cantor and Scarborough are younger and they could win in 16. Jindal is one and done.

Posted by: nativeva1 | February 25, 2009 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Is the best the Republicans can do what a disgrace? Gov. Jindal needs more polish and experience, he needs to make progress in Louisiana, which is closet state to a Third World Nation in the US. It appears that Jindal is not ready for prime time; he needs to send down to minor leagues. The Republicans or Conservatives that have a shot they might have to wait 8 years unless Obama mess up are Mike Huckabee, Eric Cantor, and Joe Scarborough these are the only Republicans that appear to collation builders, and know these are the only Republicans that could get some black vote. The question is do they have to wait until 2012 or 2016. Cantor and Scarborough are younger and they could win in 16. Jindal is one and done.

Posted by: nativeva1 | February 25, 2009 9:09 PM | Report abuse

lol-- it is in new orleans for sure ran by mayor ray nagen--(choclate city)lol-- what afreakin moron-- i guess jindal needs to hang around terrorist, do nothing, and hang out in a radical chruch to get elected--lol-- like i say, the dumb is easy influinced by words only.. the blind leading the blind for sure

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

I've got a nutty idea that might improve Republican popularity. They should propose an idea that is not a tax cut.

Posted by: zosima | February 25, 2009 9:37 PM | Report abuse

i like tax cuts.. i think i can spend my money better than the government can..-- yeah, they do need more ideas, but some that will accually work for the people though. not just telling them what they want to hear to get elected

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 9:47 PM | Report abuse

oh, his speech sounds soft to you.. mabe you should look at his results before you condem him.. you see, obama is a fine speaker, but not a doer.. the dumb is always easy influinced by words, and not by accual results..thats why obama won,- what i call the dumb people vote..(obama didnt accually do anything) theres more dumb [people in the world that smart ones--you agree? i see jindal for what hes accually done you see-- speaches dont accually get stuff done you day you will understaind this

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25,

Your post certainly proves there is at least one more dumb person in the world than smart there are smart people...

Posted by: arancia12 | February 25, 2009 9:56 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 10:01 PM | Report abuse

you see -- the dumb does exist, and they are multiplying and breeding everyday among us-- god help us

Posted by: darin_holmes | February 25, 2009 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Hey Darin..
Ever heard of spell check?

Posted by: phorse | February 25, 2009 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I've said it before but the Republican economic policy can be compared to the two liner Steve Martin delivered years ago on Saturday Night Live."How to be a millionaire and avoid taxes ---- first you have to be a millionaire." This policy gave us the present deficit and combined an absence of shared sacrifice with self induced arrogance that was a mask for incompetence and ignorance. Their continuing policy of nothing ventured and nothing gained will result in just that -- their fading to a party combining regional insularity with reactionary ignorance.

Posted by: ejgallagher1 | February 26, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

Jindal-Republican response to the economic crisis: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Jindal-Republican response on health care: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Jindal-Republican response on education: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Jindal-Republican response to the energy challenge: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Jindal-Republican response to massive unemployment: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Jindal-Republican response to the housing collapse: "Let the market determine everything and cut taxes on wealthy people."

Is anyone else seeing a pattern here? It's no wonder the Republicans aren't trusted anymore beyond their extremist hard-right base. They have absolutely no ideas except for (see above.)

Posted by: snesich | February 26, 2009 12:37 AM | Report abuse

My first thought on Jindal was "Its Mowgli,he finally learned how to read"!!!.
Even after reading and re-reading the transcript, i couldnt figure one single line he was trying to convey, except the silent "We wont bow to Democrats" or, in other words, "NO".And that is the best his party could come up with.
Its been a Month for Obama, and he has had possibly the toughest start of any president in the past 100 years,my hat is off to him.
The Republicans, on the other hand, seem to still be stuck in the "Drunken Sailor" mode, or perhaps hung over from the 12 years of putting America deeper in the hole.The spending and bailouts coming out of Washington are alarming, the numbers are mind numbing.Comparing to the previous 12 years, and the amount of our tax dollars spent abroad,America needs this injection of Capital into our economy, not to Iraq,or Afghanistan, or any of the foreign entitys that the GOP felt needed our Tax dollars more than we did.

Posted by: mullett | February 26, 2009 1:58 AM | Report abuse

Civility has become a lost art. We might think one side or the other has all the answers, but we are wrong. No matter who is in power in Congress and The White House, there are plenty of others out there. Where were you people brought up? In piggeries?

Posted by: hyood | February 26, 2009 8:33 AM | Report abuse

Did this guy really go to Oxford? Kissenger went to Harvard, we know, and we know how that turned out.

Let's not make excuses for Jindal. He's a grown man and knows what he is saying. He owns his words, even if his ideas are stuck in a time warp, somewhere between 1980 and 1982.

Unfortunately for his future ambitions, Americans have finally stopped drinking the voodoo economics kool-aid.

One final question. What is wrong with the people of Louisiana and Alaska? Why do they elect governors antithetical to their self-interests?

Posted by: sufi66 | February 26, 2009 9:41 AM | Report abuse

"a technology I just don't get. Isn't Facebook enough?!"


One might as well say "Isn't Will enough?"

Not for me.

Posted by: gary4books | February 26, 2009 10:21 AM | Report abuse

He did fine, meaning his base still loves him. The same old, same old seems to be what they are sticking with. Props to Jindal for the hot wife, though. Indian women are gorgeous. Love 'em.

Posted by: danw1 | February 26, 2009 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Oh come on here,as Republioan LA Governor
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is the most totally
incompetent that ever held the Governor Office in any state in the USA. Send Jindal
back to India on the next Elephant Ride.

Posted by: Ralphinphnx | February 26, 2009 12:17 PM | Report abuse

If Jindal is the best they have to go up against Obama, they're in a world of hurt.

Posted by: blarsen1 | February 26, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Oh cut it out here,as Republican LA Gov
Bobby Jindal is damn sure not the answer
to Democrat Barack Obama,you fools.....
Since while Barack Obama is a loser and liar that fact remains Bobby (Not His Real
First Name) is even more totally inept and
clueless and incompetent then Obama..And
the biggest mistake the Republicans can
make in 2012 would be to run Jindal the Jerk against Liar in Chief Barack Obama.
Why does the GOP always want to nominate
big time losers like Bobby Jindal anyhow?

Posted by: Amy2009 | February 26, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Yikes! If this village idiot sing song Bobby Jindal is the new great hope of the
Republican Party then God Save the USA!
As Bobby Jindal is a bigger idiot then
Barack Hussein Obama and as incompetent.

Posted by: Jan521977 | February 26, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Okay let me help all of you better be able
to understand the differences between GOP
LA Gov Piyush "Bobby" Jindal the fool and
Democrat Loser Barack Hussein Obama,here
as Jindal is merely a fool,but Obama is
an incompetent,crooked,total incompetent
lying loser. Got it now folks?

Posted by: SharonKay2009 | February 26, 2009 9:55 PM | Report abuse

And so,my reply to both losers Obama and
Jindal is the same as Former First Lady
Nancy Reagsn on drugs,"Just Say NO To Both
Bobby Jindal and Barack Hussein Obama in 2012!

Posted by: Sue1980 | February 26, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The media pimps are really in full pimp mode aren't they Capehart. Gov. Jindal is a doer and has performed magnificently and responsibly after taking over from his irresponsible Democrat predecessor and has a high constituency approval rating AND is NOT IN NEED OF BAILOUT MONEY. Obama like you is a talker and has done NOTHING in his live of any significance.
Negativism? ROFL That's all Obama and Michelle have been doing since they descended from above. So much so that even Bill Clinton told the empty suit to shut up with the trash talk already.

Poor Gov. Jindal?

NO, it's "Poor Americans" with the empty suit Socialist and accomplice Pelosi taxing and spending us into oblivion and of course the media pimps like you Capehart that have trashed journalism.

Posted by: ekim53 | February 27, 2009 1:08 AM | Report abuse

Wake Up America as both Republican LA Gov
Pivush "Bobby" Jindal and Democrat Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama are total inept and
incompetent losers and a disgrace to the
American people that pay their salaries.
God Help The USA If These Clowns Are All
We Have Left To Run The USA.

Posted by: Donna1983 | February 27, 2009 4:06 AM | Report abuse

I kept waiting for this Rhodes scholar doofus to reach through my screen to try and tickle me. The only way that speech would've been seen as decent would've been if marijuana had been legalized the day before. Then it would've been about the right speed.

Posted by: HarrisTheYounger | February 27, 2009 5:47 AM | Report abuse


I hope you're not attempting to spell phonetically, because that would mean that you talk like a moron as well as writing that way. 'Accually'?

Yes, you're right. Most people are not that bright. That's how someone like you can get thru the day without being disabused of the notion that you're above average in some way.

Posted by: HarrisTheYounger | February 27, 2009 5:55 AM | Report abuse

The one decent idea Jindahl had, business upgrading itself, was asked for by tax cuts, instead of an expensive ITC which in 1986 created a boom in middle class income. We have seen the result before of Hoover type fixes for a recession, Republicans better stick to they are trying to take away your guns to get any votes in 2010.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 27, 2009 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Will somebody please tell me why, if tax cuts are so great, (we just had 8 years of the LARGEST TAX CUTS IN HISTORY) the country is such bad shape? They, the Repubs, never answer that question, they just continue the same line.

If you go back and look at Bill Clinton's '93 budget and what Repubs said then, nothing has change...except the fact that they blew the surplus AND got all the tax cuts they wanted. That was the real redistribution of wealth...and it didn't trickle down either.

Posted by: magic3400 | February 27, 2009 6:34 AM | Report abuse

While Jindahl rightfully gives credit to the good hearted valiant Americans that jumped in their boats to save others, it was the government, National Guard's Gen. Honoree that got the situation under control. We knew Katrina was going to hit 5 days before it did and acted on it 5 days after, that is the failure of government.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 27, 2009 6:47 AM | Report abuse

Good God are the Republicana hurting that
bad that they would even run a village idiot ding a ling loser like GOP LA Gov
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal that tv comedy show
phony total loser? God help the USA if that
is the best the GOP has to offer. And here
I mistakenly thought the dimwits Democrats
had scrapped the bottom of the barrel with
Fake Messiah Barack Hussein Obama. Yes I
will even help pay for the ticket to send
Jindal back to India on the next Eastbound
Elephant Trip. God Help the GOP as well.

Posted by: Sue1980 | February 27, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Please everyone, please stop insulting Mr. Rogers.

Posted by: agdpost | February 27, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I've just read the comments posted here, and as an Obama supporter, I feel encouraged that the GOP has, indeed, dwindled. But, please, let's not tell them how bad Jindal came across. These are the folks who fell for Sarah Palin, after all, and they're the people who actually listen to flaccid Rush Limbaugh. They number in the low 30%, still yearning for simplistic answers, for "good guys" vs. "bad guys." Some of them probably are in fact age twelve. Let's pat them on the head and say, "there, there" and while they're planted in front of Fox (to keep them quiet), some actual adults will run the country and try to clean up after the adolescent tantrums of the last eight years.

Posted by: cturtle1 | February 27, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Palin-Jindal would be a terrific slate for the Republicans. "Americans can do anything" Not in all States, Governor Jindal.

May be the "nitwits" in Louisiana and Alaska outnumber the Americans with good sense in those two states. But, not so in the remainder of this great Nation. If it were not, we would have seen Palin-McCain in office.

Sadly, it is painful to watch and see both Jindal and Palin on the national stage as Governors of two of our States. Jindal's speech was horrible. I truly wonder how this man got elected to anything in Lousiana.

Posted by: calexo | February 27, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes Mr. Jindal, Americans can do anything!
Americans can also be intelligent;
so please, next time you address us- do not talk to us like kindergarteners.
If the GOP wants a chance, they should engage us.

Posted by: willowthrow | February 27, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Governor Jindal may be a rising star but I would of preferred to listen to Michael Steele, who to is a great orator. I am disgusted with my Obama vote and the President's back tracking on promises. He is a restless President and insensitive to the citizens by jetting all over the country,spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on fuel. No one can refute President Obama's orator skills, lets get past his speeches and look at substance. I don't understand how President Obama speaks "I" and scoulds us and no one is offended. President Obama has drowned us into deeper debt, that I am afraid my grandchildren's future is not very rosy.

Posted by: virgosiempre | February 28, 2009 2:11 AM | Report abuse

The only surprising thing about Jindal's speech is that anyone could be surprised by it. I try to avoid inflammatory words, but, seriously, at this point in our history, you would have to be a total moron to expect anything better from the Republican Party. What you saw is what you have gotten and will get from this dinosaur (i.e., dead and just doesn't know it) institution. This representative of the Republican Party's "new blood" had absolutely nothing worthwhile to say
because the Republican Party has nothing worthwhile to say. Bobby Jindal is the pluperfect representative of the Republican Party. His message is the absolute essence of what the Republican Party stands for.

When has any recognized leader of the Republican Party anytime, anywhere over the past 30 years--i.e., since Reagan's rise--done anything other than repeat over and over again the mantra that the solution to any problem facing America is to give Republicans a tax break and get government off their backs?

The old Republican Party no longer exists. It has mutated into the Dixiecrat Party. The Dixiecrat Party represents nothing more than corporate crooks and yahoo America. It rests on a narrow geographic, racial, economic, and ethnic segment of American society that is totally out of touch with mainstream America. Here is the distilled essence of what the Dixiecrats have given us: God's pure fool for President, a busted economy, and salmonella-laced peanut butter. And Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal waiting in the wings to become President.

Bobby Jindal is the poster boy for the Dixiecrat yahoos that now constitute the voice of conservatism in America.

Posted by: tbarksdl | February 28, 2009 6:55 AM | Report abuse

Yes, indeed - poor Gov. Jindal.

It now appears that his one claim to fame during Katrina was made up out of some time after the fact, and not directly involved cloth...

I am truly surprised...

I will repeat. McCain/Palin had their base in their pocket. Why did her first speech insult every other voting block from which they needed support? It never got any better, and in due time their rallies were the hard core extremists and white supremists....a shadow on John McCain's career he will not even yet admit.

Racist jokes, watermelons on the white house lawn, and openly racist materials on sale at the C-PAC in DC. Do they not understand the world is watching, a world that is not majority white? They cannot win squat anywhere without support from others, and they are insulting them beyond all understanding.

Just bareaqq dumb.

Obama had the popular support of 80% approval... that's a LOT of attention on any word Jindal said in disagreement of Obama...

Who, in the decision making about who would rebut him, what tone/text would be, what setting, the script, the scene, did not know this?

Who would dare to lie - an unnecessary stupid, childish, pointless lie?

Just bareaqq dumb.

Posted by: dutchess2 | February 28, 2009 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Republicrooks, republicreeps,rePUKElicans, repugnants, repugs, by any miniker, these people have CHOSEN to be cave-dwelling throwbacks, you know the Neanderthals who just quietly died out . . . They are sickeningly reactionary to their fantasy ideal of what the U.S. "should" be, with a strong undertone of white supremacy. They just can't seem adapt and change with progress but pathetically keep pining for the "good ole days" of a white majority supressing minorities with a grin on their faces! The GOP, for this reason, is a dying party! We have left them behind, they will be studied by political anthropologists decades from now as a curiosity of American history, you know, like the Know-nothings, etc.! A NEW second party needs to emerge, sans the morons on the scene like Norquist, Krauthammer, Will etc.

Posted by: JanisL55 | February 28, 2009 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Gov. Jindal lackluster performance paved the way for Gingrich to make a comeback.
We can look forward to more wedge issue politics such as gay marriage, keeping god in the pledge of allegiance, keeping in god we trust on currency .....blah blah blah

Posted by: knjincvc | February 28, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Mitt Romney the financial and all around genius should run again. A Baker Scholar, an MBA and Harvard cum laude graduate; he saved the Salt Lake City Olympics, he created such giants as Staples, Timberlake and Dominoes Pizza and many others. He brought prosperity to the state of Massachusetts even with Kennedy and Kerry in power. His honesty and integrity is beyond reproach.

The liberals are trying to make Jindal the straw man to build up and knock down. If the GOP doesn't go with Mitt then they deserve to lose again.

Obama never ran a hot dog stand. He is an ersatz messiah. If the economy does not recover he will have one term just like Jimmy Carter.
Reagan saved us after Carter, Romney can do the same after Obama.

Posted by: mharwick | March 1, 2009 8:36 PM | Report abuse

It is the ultimate mysogeny and racism - this assumption by republicans than any Bimbo is competition for Hillary, and any dark skinned man a la Jindal and Steel, does for their message what Obama does for the democratic message. That is just crass discrimination, refusing to give either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama their full measure.

There is a racist tone to it all given the sales at the CPAC convention, the memo with watermelons planted on the White House lawn, the sneering and derision against fellow Americans by republicans, the white supremacists that showed up at the McCain Palin rallies, the cartoon in the newspaper about the murdered chimp that authored the stimulus plan. These things don't happen without permission, acceptance and encouragement by the audience for whom they are designed.

When Ronald Reagaon won the whitehouse, the tax rate for the wealthiest people in America was 90%, and every dime anyone paid as interest was deductible... Reagan cut the tax rate for the wealthiest to 32%, and eliminated interest deductions on everything but a home mortgage, which many lower income folks could not afford.

Since that time, lower income Americans have paid full tax on every dime they've earned, and on all they purchase with no shelters, while the wealthy pay FICA taxes on the first $125k of their salaries and can afford sheltered accounts to protect themselves from whatever their rate of tax is. Tax payers have thus funded their second homes by paying the interest on their first and second homes, but we have never heard a word about class warfare or socialism.

Bush 1 famously campaigned on no new taxes, but had to raise them to pay for the Gulf war. Bill Clinton raised them back to 32% for the upper tax brackets, and George Bush lowered the upper tax bracket down to 28%, and allowed many American companies to use slave labor overseas and avoid paying income tax on their earnings in our markets; borrowing billions and billions from communist Red China.......and still we did not hear anything about redistribution of poverty, class warfare, socialism or communism.

Now Obama wants to raise the upper tax brackets back to the 32% it was under Ronald Reagan, and the republicans, to whom Reagan was God, to hear them tell it,
are screeching like scared old wemmen about class warfare and socialism and redistribution of wealth.

The republicans need an honest broker. One who can't be bullied into saying things that offend most people; one who won't tell a lie for expediency's sake.

And the democrats need to make sure Americans know the history of income tax in this country.

Posted by: dutchess2 | March 2, 2009 8:54 AM | Report abuse

Extremely biased article. From Bobby Jindal's speech it was evident that he is no politician. Instead, an extremely bright economist, which is what this country needs during these dire economic times. Yes, he is no orator. But, what do I prefer, someone who can talk the talk or a man of action? I'd prefer the latter any day.

Posted by: Observer28 | March 2, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Capehart, I do not understand why you evaluate Jindal's performance and state that Obama's was positive. We must have watched a different speech.

As a 43 yr. Dem., I did not think he was positive at all. Maybe Speaker (jack-in-the-box) Pelosi distracted you. He has not been positive since He beat Clinton. You cite 60% approval, yet he got 53% of the vote. I don't see that as a substantial increase.

He promised that 95% of the people will get tax cuts (income tax, I guess) yet to cite just one example, the energy initiatives will raise electricity and fuel taxes substantially by his requirements on the companies who produce those products. Who said that? He did in the campaign. the companies producing these products aren't going to pay this, we are. I suggest you analyze the budget and the plan.

I have noted 6 additional taxes that will affect 100% of the people. Where did I get this? I read the bill and the proposed budget.

As to big govt., basic economics tells us that when the (wastefull) govt gets larger, it crowds out private investment, incentives to take risk, and lowers productivity. Why all the emphasis on Jindal. He is not running for President, is he? Obama is President. He is right now using a teleprompter to introduce a nominee.

Posted by: gsms69 | March 2, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Governor Bobby’s speech: A kindergarten teacher slowly guiding us down the old catechism of GOP talking points.

I’m no friend of the open-border liberal Democrats, but if a killer asteroid were hurtling toward the Earth, the GOP’s answer would be to call for lower taxes, higher defense spending and halting abortions. Memo to GOP: All the problems in the universe are not solved by those three positions.
- - -
Border Enforcement + Immigration Moratorium = Job & Eco Sanity

Posted by: tma_sierrahills | March 2, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Is Capeheart nuts....Obama was "relentlessly positive" in "tone and message"? This is the least positive President I have ever heard. He inspires me... to take my money out of the stock market and stuff it in my mattress. I was no huge fan of Bush and hold him squarely responsible (along with Greenspan) for the current financial situation. But we have done the worst possible thing...we have knee jerked completely the opposite direction which will destroy our businesses and in term the economy. I was hoping that he was going to play a centrist role like 2nd Term Bill Clinton, but Obama has moved as far left as he possibly can. I just don't understand it, I thought he was working across the aisle? It looks now to be a clever trick and now he is back to party politics.

Posted by: d-35 | March 2, 2009 6:30 PM | Report abuse

President Doom'n'Gloom does not have time on his side.

Obama won't be able to blame the Bush administration for his own inadequacies much longer.

He's a typical left liberal elitist who believes smooth talk equals action.

Posted by: dbj1 | March 3, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Apparently Jindal has some publicly funded rail projects going on now in his home state.

So, explain to me why you don't think it's a good idea for the rest of the country?

Posted by: JRM2 | March 4, 2009 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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