Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jindal's Speech Bombed


Sean Braisted has posted this video clip from David Brooks. He calls Jindal's speech "insane" and "a disaster for the Republican Party." And that was when he was being nice.

Oh, dear.


Near as I can tell, we are all in agreement that Bobby Jindal’s “response” to Barack Obama’s speech last night was a big dud.

From conservative commentators at Fox News :
BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”

NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”

JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”

Our own Six Meat Buffet:

(walk on stage like there’s a stick up his ass but that he doesn’t mind it so much)

Opening line:  “What an amazing thing we watched!  A black guy.  Goshdarnit, that’s terrific!  Let’s all give ourselves a hand!

*smattering of disjointed applause*

I am also like Barack Obama!

(insert standard boilerplate Republican pap about Washington not being the answer and trusting people to think for themselves)

Ouch. And that’s from the conservatives.

I did think Jindal spoke like he was reading to a kindergarten class. I found it very bizarre that he would tell the story of how he came to America as an anchor baby as a “pre-existing condition,” a neat reminder to us all that America's insurance-based healthcare sucks.

And then to point to a Republican president’s botched Katrina response as an example of how government doesn’t work was, well, surreal. Hey, Governor: you could have thrown in there our botched hunt for Osama bin Laden, our botched Iraq invasion and rebuilding effort, our botched oversight of the mortgage industry, last year’s botched “economic stimulus” where everyone got a check and promptly socked it away under their mattresses.

What do all of these things have in common?

Oh yeah, they were the grand ideas of your party. Heh.

I’d say if Jindal is the GOPs great hope for 2012 the party is in deeper shit than even they imagined. In fact, Jindal has been targeted from inside his own party:

I'm surprised that a few comments on my post about Bobby Jindal as the new face of Christian conservatism allege that he's got ancestral Muslim roots, in addition to the acknowledged Hinduism of his Indian born parents. Remind you of any other recent rumor campaigns against promising young minority politicians?

What's surprising is that some of the comments appear to be from pro-Sarah Palin conservatives. They're a likely preview of what a Jindal primary faceoff with Palin or another Christian conservative might look like, with both vying for conservative Christian support.

It’s Palin v. Jindal, folks! Get yer tickets and grab the popcorn!

Anyone surprised by this has clearly forgotten the racists who supported Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign. You think they’re going to rally behind someone like Bobby Jindal? Get real.

The GOP can throw all of the brown faces out there it wants. That doesn’t change the fact that there’s a huge racist faction within the Republican Party. Until they acknowledge it and deal with it, it won’t be going away.