Ben Buchwalter


Collection of Jindal Bashing
February 25, 2009, 8:44 am
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, Republicans | Tags: , ,

If you saw potential 2012 candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s response to President Obama’s non-State of the Union tonight, you know it was awful. Here is a collection of what people are saying about it.

Let’s start with Fox News, the people most likely to think Jindal did a good job:

Here’s David Brooks’ response:

I think Bobby Jindal is a very promising politician, and I oppose the stimulus because I thought it was poorly drafted. But to come up at this moment in history with a stale “government is the problem,” “we can’t trust the federal government” – it’s just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic right now. They may not like the way the Democrats have passed the stimulus bill, but that idea that we’re just gonna – that government is going to have no role, the federal government has no role in this, that – In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say “government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,” it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is. There’s an intra-Republican debate. Some people say the Republican Party lost its way because they got too moderate. Some people say they got too weird or too conservative. He thinks they got too moderate, and so he’s making that case. I think it’s insane, and I just think it’s a disaster for the party. I just think it’s unfortunate right now.

Josh Marshall live-blogged it, picking up the Jindal as Kenneth the Page from 30-Rock reference.

Unfortunately, Jindal’s miserable performance following Obama’s non-SOTU doesn’t matter too much. He’ll still be a strong contender for the Republican nomination for President in 2012. Kathleen Sebelius (Gov. KS) and Tim Kaine (Gov. VA) have given weak responses to past State of the Unions and both are considered strong future candidates for President.

Also, Bill Clinton’s first exposure to a national audience was at the 1988 Democratic National Convention, where he gave an incredibly long speech that even drew boos.

So Jindal had a terrible night. But he’s not down for the count.

UPDATE: Here’s Bill Clinton with Johnny Carson immediately after the botched DNC speech. Should Jindal go on Leno?

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I felt like I was watching an SNL skit. Is that too rude?

Comment by Akshay

Akshay, will you please ask Sanjay Gupta why he withdrew?

Comment by lisabu




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