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Commemorating Bobby Jindal's 2009 Republican response (VIDEO)

The most memorable speech delivered on February 24, 2009 -- Fix Jr.'s birthday! -- wasn't President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress but rather Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's Republican response.

Jindal, widely regarded as Republicans' brightest rising star, delivered a flat performance that was not only panned but also created a cottage industry of imitations -- including the Fix personal favorite from Jack "Kenneth the Page" McBrayer, which is below.

Tonight's Republican response will be delivered by another rising star: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). With Jindal's flop fresh in his mind, expect McDonnell to perform better (aka not "Lemon" it) particularly since he will be speaking from the floor of the Virginia House of Delegates rather than in an empty room in the governor's mansion ala Jindal.

Regardless of how McDonnell performs, however, don't read too much into it. The minority party's response to the president's state of the union has little to no impact on a politician's future. Then Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' (D) response to President George W. Bush was broadly criticized as awkward and ineffective but she wound up in the Obama Administration's Secretary of Health and Human Services. And, does anyone think Jindal won't be a serious candidate for national office down the line because of his performance in last year's address?

The simple truth: Most people don't even watch the minority party's response. They just don't. (Politico's Ben Smith was thinking the same thing and wrote a story about it.)

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 27, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
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Gotcha, I'll check it out. Thanks.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

@jasper - Trueslant's fairly good, though just getting started. By design, trolls can't take it down.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 27, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, BB

Know of any better places to blog. This is getting tiresome.

The Post could make this better; if they chose to.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

@jasper - I agree that moderation is crucially needed. It's not merely the number of posts by a few, but the length of them as well. I think a recent thread had half the text taken up by Zouk's phantom identities.

That much having been said, CC has a job and he's very very good at it. Monitoring the comments section isn't it, though he has stated his concern with the tenor of the discussion.

I can think of any number of sites that have a moderation feature. Having blog forums without a moderation feature is akin to email without spam filters. The Post is simply begging for botnets to spam its forums. It's a shame as this is a great place to discuss politics.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Sure JakeD, your comment was really on point. You're the only one not laughing at that statement.

CC, PLEASE, do the majority of us a favor, and become more active in moderating the blog. The EFFECTIVE banning of just a few of the usual repetitive posters would encourage the return of many of the commenters that made this blog and interesting and insightful forum.

We're suffering from severe degradation due to a few posters with multiple names and only you can help.

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Careful, Noacoler, that was already your FIFTH post today. Only one more to go!

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Like I care? If you ban me, I will just come back under a new name.


what? No "gracious host" suckuppery?

switch monikers all day wearing you out?

Stupid troll.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 27, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Note that I was responding to someone ELSE who claimed the GOP rebuttal is "a pretty lame statement" and even asked "I wonder who dares to sit next to Joe Wilson tonight?" My point is MORE VALID than that!

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Like I care? If you ban me, I will just come back under a new name.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse


This is the LAST time I will warn you about the birth certificate thing. It has no place on the blog as it has been repeatedly debunked. Referencing as much as you hurts your credibility about other matters.

You are always welcome to your opinion but let's leave that one at the water's edge.

Or go somewhere else with it.


Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 27, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

Senator McConnell and Senator McCain both say that the Republicans will agree to 80% of the health care bill - which will probably center on regulation of the health insurance companies to curb the worst abuses.

Obama has to be thinking about that.

Why not take that deal? This health care bill would be better than no health care bill.

Obama has to realize now that the new taxes and the new spending in the massive health care bills would simply be horrible for the economy.

The country just may have been saved by the voters of Massachusetts.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 27, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

This is the best the WP could come up with? A bounce on Jindal. Desperate times, call for stupid editorials and this one has my vote.

Posted by: candyzky | January 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Although generally true, Senator Webb's response to a Bush SOTU address increased his national exposure sharply and led to speculation about a possible Veep nomination. Personally, I think he would have been a better choice than Biden.

It'd be nice if folks could stay remotely close to topic, but that's probably asking too much of some on the blog.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 27, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

I hope it's a DEMOCRAT this time who has the courage to call out Obama on his lies.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Considering the fact that we don't know whether Obama was even born in the U.S., and therefore is legally President, I think that his "State of the Union" is the pretty lame speech.

Posted by: JakeD | January 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

"It is simply the nature of these things that the opposition response always looks sort of petty and an attempt to bully the president by stealing his thunder."

Yeah, pretty much. It's just hard to top any President with his large audience and applause lines.

Jim Webb was a notable exception. He had a very good rebuttal to Bush a few years back.

And the irony about Jindal is that he is actually a pretty rapid-fire speaker, especially through the course of a speech, he tends to speed up. He was way overcoached or something for that speech last year. He does need to slow his cadence somewhat, but that was overdoing it last year.

Posted by: DDAWD | January 27, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Be it a pre-buttal or rebuttal, it is still a pretty lame statement. Just another opportunity to look foolish.

BTW, I wonder who dares to sit next to Joe Wilson tonight?

Posted by: jasperanselm | January 27, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

It is simply the nature of these things that the opposition response always looks sort of petty and an attempt to bully the president by stealing his thunder.

Posted by: parkerfl1 | January 27, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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