Video: Jindal’s “awful” rebuttal

posted at 11:08 pm on February 24, 2009 by Allahpundit

“Awful” is Ace’s word but I’m in no mood to disagree. And neither are most HA commenters, judging from this mammoth thread. This was his star turn and he came off wooden, especially at the beginning. Oh well. His loss is the rest of the GOP governors’ gain.

RCP has the clip of an unknown MSNBC staffer groaning “Oh God” as Jindal walks out. Some say it’s Olbermann, but I’m skeptical. Consensus?

Update: Patterico’s sure the “Oh God” comes from Olbermann, Goldfarb’s sure it comes from Matthews. Does it matter?



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For pity’s sake, don’t even get started on Huckster again. How can we miss him if he won’t go away?

Laura on February 25, 2009 at 12:21 AM

IIRC, Time for Choosing was several years after he spent time doing the conservative-leaning speech circuit at General Electric facilities.

Give them all time. They’ve taken their placement tests and now need to improve the areas they’re deficient in.

amerpundit on February 25, 2009 at 12:21 AM

I think a Fred! rebuttal vid is called for…

hillbillyjim on February 25, 2009 at 12:22 AM

KentAllard at 11:24 rules in his concept. (The reason I mention writers is because I actually read you guys. Well, somewhat.)

However, the fact is that if the economy continues to tank like a MSNBC news show, The One is done!

IF there is enough capitalism left to keep it wounded but alive, and even recover, we have another eight years of ACORN’s patron. A la SouthernGent at 11:19 above.

Jindal tonight will make no difference. But I smelled the weak smell of JUAN MCLAME! Yes I did.

Republicans — attack. Attack. ATTACK! The Affirmative Action Hero is too brainless to repel facts!

Without a rally, without an advance, we are done. I have to give up the coffee and Hot Air at midnight.

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Will MSNBC come under the purview of the Fairness Doctrine?

ddrintn on February 25, 2009 at 12:22 AM

Sarah Palin gave a great Convention speech, but didn’t do well handling the interviews.

Mike Huckabee was a great debater and is the best communicators in the Republican Party. He can handle the heat, has great interviews and gives fantastic speeches. Last year at CPAC, Romney won because they also had people who voted from home. They took a straw poll at CPAC-2008 with just the people present at CPAC, and Mike Huckabee won by a landslide. He is a charismatic speaker but he relates to the middle class too. That’s who they should ask to give the rebuttal the next time Obama speaks. Watch him on the “Huckabee” show at 8:00 p.m. EST on Sat. or Sun when he gives the closing statement…he’s great. His show is the highest rated show on Fox or any other cable station all weekend because people like him and he has a way of speaking that everybody understands.

Sarah struggled in two interviews where the deck was soundly stacked against her. That’s a mistake she will never make again. Check Ziegler’s movie and get back to us…

Nat Hound on February 25, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Jindal was an embarrassment, if that is the best we got we are screwed.

pjf626 on February 25, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Alternate speech:

Good evening, I’m Bobby Jindal, Governor of the great state of Louisiana, home of the world-famous Mardi Gras, here tonight to voice the Republican opposition view to the infeasible fiscal fantasy just proposed by our new President.

Now everyone wants America to come out of the current economic downturn soon, and stronger than ever, but where my opponent wants to do it by spending your children’s and grandchildren’s birthright~ for a mess of pork, transparent vote buying schemes, patently absurd earmarks, and the most irresponsible conglomeration of catchall junk politics that our generation has ever seen~ my party is interested in keeping it lean, and keeping aimed at immediate job creation, fiscal disipline, tax breaks that work for people who work, and not a pack of promises that would make Baron Munchausen blush.”

And then get specific…

profitsbeard on February 25, 2009 at 12:24 AM

ornery_independent on February 25, 2009 at 12:20 AM

True, but I’m speaking strictly of where Palin, Jindal, Sanfrod, and the rest are concerned.

amerpundit on February 25, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Or, you know, even Sanford.

amerpundit on February 25, 2009 at 12:25 AM

For pity’s sake, don’t even get started on Huckster again. How can we miss him if he won’t go away?

I wish he’d come back. He was a unifying target around here. Now we just get manufactured outrage toward Palin, defense of which is written off as cult of personality, and Santelli posts. I long for the days of Huck!

Spirit of 1776 on February 25, 2009 at 12:26 AM

antiquechick on February 25, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Don’t sell yourself short:)

Your stock, on the other hand…

Spirit of 1776 on February 25, 2009 at 12:27 AM

The only good one that I can recall occured after the 1994 elections and it was delivered by Fred Thompson.

PackerBronco on February 25, 2009 at 12:07 AM

If only he was a little younger and had the drive. He is my favorite

Elisa on February 25, 2009 at 12:12 AM

Fred is the best we have. And though I disagree with him often, Mike Huckabee can speak and connect.

But about Fred, I am a Tennessean and I’ve followed his career since the 1970′s when he represented Marie Ragghianti and helped expose our corrupt Democrat governor, Ray Blanton, who was selling criminal pardons.

I went to law school with Fred’s son and have had the privilege of being around him several times. He’s one of those guys who just sucks all the energy out of a room, and he does it naturally. That’s just who he is. I remember one day he walked into the basement of the law school where the break room was, looking for his son. He was wearing jeans and his hair was windblown. Frankly, he was a mess. Soon he was sitting at a table with a group of law students just shooting the breeze. And before long the whole room was standing around listening and laughing. This was before he was in the Senate. He’d been in movies, but he wasn’t all that famous, certainly not Arthur Branch famous. He just has a charisma that very few possess. And he’s quite smart. I don’t understand what happened to his candidacy last year. He should have run for POTUS in 2000.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 12:28 AM

Can we stop talking about Palin? If Palin is the Republican Party’s great hope in 2012, we are screwed.

Jindal and Palin both lack the necessary gravitas to be president (not saying Obama has it either, but Republican candidates absolutely need it).

Next, please.

haner on February 25, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Jindal did fine. Public speaking he can do, he can’t do rehearsed. I find that endearing actually. Because it tells me the man is not a phony nor an actor.
Palin is the same. But she can do rehearsed, but does it with improvisation. She is simply an amazing politician. These two are the stars of our party. Palin though, is ready for 2012.

Obama is a parrot. He says what’s on the teleprompter and then does what Soros wants. He has no damn clue what the hell he is saying or doing, but loves the attention. It is beyond creepy.

jencab on February 24, 2009 at 11:53 PM

+++1
To which I will only add, Sarah Palin learned a lot being a newscaster at a TV station and she’s gone from strength to strength since…
Bless Bobby’s heart, he did a fine job it just wasn’t “slick” and “polished” like Ogabe.
He didn’t say one thing that wasn’t true, right or inspiring.

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 12:31 AM

Profitsbeard should have written Jindal’s speech. Then we should shout “Get over it” everytime some spinless moron mentions how great it is to have a black in the White House. One whose ancestors never experienced the horrors of slavery.

Wanna mention His ethnic group?

Hello! Why don’t we mention that he is making our economy (and democracy) like Kenya’s?

But that is RACIST!

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2009 at 12:32 AM

Allah, and Ace………..

Start a contest………..

……….. why not put your own video response to Mr. Teleprompter?

The hits will keep on com’n……..

Seven Percent Solution on February 25, 2009 at 12:33 AM

The sooner we elect Jindal president, the sooner we can stop senseless wasted dollars on volcano monitoring.

I don’t want to know about volcanoes erupting until the lava is rolling through the front door!

e-pirate on February 25, 2009 at 12:34 AM

Good grief, of course Huckabee can speak: The man is a preacher! He STILL doesn’t have the charisma the ‘Cuda has, and he darn sure doesn’t have the record to call himself a fiscal conservative. I know that no one who is touting this guy for president lives in Arkansas because if they did, they would know better. Some perspective: It took electing a DEMOCRAT here to actually get our taxes reduced. When he left office, we were one of the most highly taxed states in the country. I don’t care what platitudes he wants spew about burning the Internal Revenue Code. I guarantee you he would have his hand out the entire time he was in office. Never mind he has zero leadership skills; the man was running for president the entire time he was governor.

NoLeftTurn on February 25, 2009 at 12:34 AM

antiquechick on February 25, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Your opinion is as valid as anyone else’s. I feel the way you do. I work for myself and have a lot I ought to be doing, yet I often waste way too much time on this and other blogs because of my extreme frustration. It’s a way of blowing off my anxiety, a cheap therapy. Don’t be bashful.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 12:34 AM

I think that we are being infiltrated, with all of the “were screwed” comments that I have seen on this site lately.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Either one could have said it, assume both did, so the right answer is which one is so hated by the MSNBC production staff that they would leave his mike open…. KO…

phreshone on February 25, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Are you referring to the “USA is screwed” comments or the “GOP is screwed” comments?

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Does Huckabee pay people to bring up his name now and then? Or is that someone from Hotair hoping to get people angry to increase the length of the threads… Huckabee embarrassed hisself and his country in is bid for the Presidency. Fox is embarrassed he is on their payroll and will dump him soon enough. If he cares to make a comment now and again that is fine but is is totally irrelevant after the disingenuious selfish campaign he ran. Please never again bring his name up in polite company. Save it for the back rooms of bars where I will not hear it again.

petunia on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Both speeches were boring and lame. Both preached to their repective choir.

I would rather have seen a Palin rebuttal and.the media circus that would have followed. /sarc

hiphopconservative on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

A few thoughts:

1) Jindal started off badly, but finished strong. Look, he doesn’t have the speaking ability of Palin. He’s got the substance down pat, but his style will never compare. She connects with the viewer in a way he never will. Which is why if we end up with both on the ticket come 2012(or 2016), you want it in the order of Palin and then Jindal.

2) It’s a SOTU response. They ALL suck! Seriously, I can’t even recall a great SOTU speech much less a rebuttal. No one cares about this crap. What mattered to me was that Jindal articulated fiscal conservatism and individual responsibility, both of which are key to the GOP rising from the ashes.

3) Forget what the pundits say. Even Fox eviscerated the guy and they’re supposed to be the “fair and balanced” ones. Look, Jindal will never get a fair shake from the media. He’ll be portrayed as a bookworm or Mr. Rogers, kinda like Al Gore. Palin will be portrayed as a dunce and an intellectual lightweight. And Romney, well he’s a Mormon so no one in the press will pay him any respect. What’s important is that the conservative base and the GOP faithful get behind these new voices of conservatism and quit tearing them down because they’re not perfect orators or party loyalists on every single issue. My God, we’re never gonna regain power from the Dems if people constantly bitch about everything the Republicans do.

Doughboy on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

My random thoughts on speaking:

Communication is vital. It’s a connection between who you are, your thoughts and who the listeners are and their thoughts. A speech is personal, verbal communication of you and your ideas–it is not taking words and merely delivering them.

If there’s no audience to be seen, you have to consciously remember the audience that is unseen and realize you are speaking directly to them. I seem to remember Reagan speaking very effectively from the Oval Office straight into the camera.

Americans have a long history of oratory–going back at least as far Patrick Henry. We are a verbal people. (I think this is part of our British heritage–we talk!). How much more so today with media. You have got to be able to communicate and connect with your audience. Even more so when you’re coming against a demagogue.

37 is not too young to be able to speak effectively. Jindal is not a high school student. He has been a congressman and is now a governor. If he seriously intends to run nationally, he needs to speak, speak, speak until he can do it all–extemporaneous, impromptu and written. He has to take any and every opportunity to talk and ask for a critique from someone knowledgeable when he’s done.

IMO, we’re also reacting to Jindal so strongly because we had years of wanting Bush to communicate effectively and after this last month we really wanted someone on the order of Santelli to knock this speech down.

INC on February 25, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I know that no one who is touting this guy for president lives in Arkansas because if they did, they would know better.

NoLeftTurn on February 25, 2009 at 12:34 AM

If one was to go back and view the primary results, they might disagree with you. Especially considering that Huckabee garnered a larger percentage of the vote for his home state than any of the other candidates did in their home states.

jparks1972 on February 25, 2009 at 12:41 AM

At least Jindal sounded like an executive, someone used to getting things done. Obama comes across like he doesn’t have an executive bone in his body.

Chaz on February 25, 2009 at 12:41 AM

antiquechick on February 25, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Go ahead and comment. There are some nice folks here and some not so nice (pay them no mind).

INC on February 25, 2009 at 12:42 AM

Both speeches were boring and lame. Both preached to their repective choir.
hiphopconservative on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Fortunately for this great nation, 68% of the American public is President Obama’s “choir.”

benny shakar on February 25, 2009 at 12:42 AM

If Jindal just keeps giving interviews like he did the other day, he’ll be fine. And while many of us are looking toward 2012 (or even the mid-term elections), I think most people could not care less at the moment; they’re worried about their pocketbooks. If the Dow drops 300 tomorrow, no one will remember that Jindal’s response was less than stellar, assuming they even watched it (in fact, aside from the media and pundits, how many people actually watch the response from the opposition party?).

Erich66 on February 25, 2009 at 12:43 AM

safe from natural disasters.

benny shakar on February 24, 2009 at 11:52 PM

The government keeping us “safe from natural disasters”?
Do you mean like the hurricane that hit Galveston, Texas last year. Yeah, the government really stopped that one did they not?

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:43 AM

Where’s Captain Ahab when you need him. We’re being bombarded with Mobies

- The Cat

MirCat on February 25, 2009 at 12:43 AM

petunia on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Embarrassed? Really? Is that why his show sits atop the ratings each week? Is that why he came in 2nd during the Primaries? Is that why he won so many states? I think someone should be embarrassed but it ain’t Huckabee.

jparks1972 on February 25, 2009 at 12:44 AM

NoLeftTurn

If Huckabee was running for President the entire time he was Governor, why did he raise some taxes? That wasn’t a very smart political move, was it? He also had a 66% approval rating from Arkansas during the time McCain was campaigning during the General Election which was years after he left office as Governor. That speaks volumes about how much the people of Arkansas like him. I have heard that he was one of the most popular Governors of Arkansas. He cared about the people in that state and governed that way, not worrying about how he would look when he ran for President. What he had to deal with in Arkansas cannot be compared to another Governor whose state wasn’t in a mess left by the Democrats for years. Maybe if the Democrats had improved the schools and infrastructure when they were in office, it wouldn’t have taken as much money to repair the damage they left. Thank God he has his own show on Fox News so the people in this country can get to know him without the MSM or “others” telling half-truths about his record and everybody believing it.

VFT on February 25, 2009 at 12:44 AM

The new face of the Republican Party, a Chocolate Grinch?
You guys are so F-ed that I’m ROTFLMFAO. First, it was the Moose hunting maid from Alaska, then came the Hip-Hop Chairman, and now the chocolate Grinch. Way to go retards!

I think its time to OD on Lunesta, its going to be a long night. Tax Cuts for the 1%, Rash Lamebrain, the anti-abortion, anti-LGBT rights, fascist rhetoric is not the way. The tribe has spoken.

jacobnyc on February 25, 2009 at 12:44 AM

Fortunately for this great nation, 68% of the American public is President Obama’s “choir.”

benny shakar on February 25, 2009 at 12:42 AM

Not for long.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:45 AM

I think that we are being infiltrated, with all of the “were screwed” comments that I have seen on this site lately.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:36 AM

I think there has been too much of that. Things are tough, but if this is our Valley Forge, then let’s have some fortitude to honor and remember those who have gone before us.

INC on February 25, 2009 at 12:46 AM

allah, your boss thought Jindal was VERY good.

ousoonerfan15 on February 25, 2009 at 12:47 AM

haner on February 25, 2009 at 12:31 AM

You’re right man. We got to keep reaching across that aisle. And only 3 GOP Senators have shown they have the ‘grabitass’ to become the new generation of mavericks. We can no longer bind ourselves to the principles of old. We need flexibility. We have to be able to talk out of both sides of our mouth..and most importantly, the media should like our candidate. Our only hope..is Arlen Specter. GOP: We don’t throw away our garbage. We eat it.

austinnelly on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

At least Jindal sounded like an executive,

yeah…the local non profit.

moxie_neanderthal on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

I didn’t think Jindal’s speech was “awful,” or even bad. It was ordinary. His worst mistake was that he didn’t live up to the hype.

RightOFLeft on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Are you referring to the “USA is screwed” comments or the “GOP is screwed” comments?

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM

All of them. The conservatives that I know will not give up without a fight, and I mean a real one.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

petunia on February 25, 2009 at 12:38 AM
Embarrassed? Really? Is that why his show sits atop the ratings each week? Is that why he came in 2nd during the Primaries? Is that why he won so many states? I think someone should be embarrassed but it ain’t Huckabee.

Huckabee won second in his own mind. I feel too sorry for you and not at all threatened by Huckabee’s bids to be relevant to continue this silly subject. You and he are to be pitied.

petunia on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Fortunately for this great nation, 68% of the American public is President Obama’s “choir.”
benny shakar on February 25, 2009 at 12:42 AM

Blogging from Syria again, are ya?

Bishop on February 25, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Sounded to me like it was Olbermann saying “My God” followed by some laughter from the crew.

Jindal was ok. Not as terrible as some suggest.

BrianBoru on February 24, 2009 at 11:12 PM

Correct on all counts.

- The Cat

P.S. The problem isn’t that was awful the problem is that it wasn’t in any way inspiring.

MirCat on February 25, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Gov. Jindal’s rebuttal was fine. . .It’s the Fred Rogers delivery that
hurts. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood”

Texyank on February 25, 2009 at 12:50 AM

Look, Jindal had a lot to overcome in terms of atmosphere after a speech is made in Congress with all the pomp and circumstance and a live audience.That being said, the content of his speech was excellent. Let’s face it most people weren’t tuned in for his remarks. I’m getting tired of people saying we are screwed when we aren’t seen by the media as “brilliant” as the Messiah. Face it we are never going to get the positive coverage Obama gets. We just have to keep trying to get our message out. In the immortal words of Sargent Hulka… “lighten up Francis.!”

sandee on February 25, 2009 at 12:53 AM

I asked my grandfather once why he watched 60 minutes and he responded so he could get mad at Mike Wallace. I guess the same notion hold true for MSNBC.

As far as Jindal goes, he is much better when he speaks extemporaneously like he did on CNN a few days ago. I’ll take a president who can think and speak clearly on his feet than one who can deliver a great speech.

Hythloday on February 25, 2009 at 12:55 AM

Hello! Why don’t we mention that he is making our economy (and democracy) like Kenya’s?

But that is RACIST!

IlikedAUH2O on February 25, 2009 at 12:32 AM

Or as I heard a black Conservative talk show host describe it: “Obama’s gonna turn America into a ghetto!”

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Something tells me Jindal was “prepared” by the same RINOs that “prepared” Palin.

Off with their heads.

jimmy the notable on February 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Well, let’s just conclude that Jindal could have done better but that his performance isn’t permanently damaging and we have bigger foes to face right now.

darii on February 25, 2009 at 1:02 AM

I put this problem back to the problem Gov. Palin had–handlers telling them to do something they shouldn’t.

Gov. Jindal is a great speaker, but I believe his handlers tried to make him more sunny, and cheery than he is–and he’s not outwardly bubbly kind of guy. Whoever wrote this for Jindal was a moron in forcing him to act like he isn’t. If you watch the video clip of him speaking after the Summit the other day, he was an oratory master–all without a teleprompter or prepared remarks.

I really wish they would just record these responses ahead of time and make it better. But, inevitably, all of the responses–even Democrats during the last 8 years–sucked in comparison to doing a speech in front of a live audience.

Enoxo on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

jacobnyc on February 25, 2009 at 12:44 AM

A new Obamabot troll has joined us! Yippee!

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

It’s the Fred Rogers delivery that
hurts. “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

Agreed. You’re not going to take down King Friday with Neighbor Aber. It just ain’t happening.

moxie_neanderthal on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

A new Obamabot troll has joined us! Yippee!

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

And he won’t be banned….ever. Because the hosts want us to suffer.

jimmy the notable on February 25, 2009 at 1:06 AM

You can tell the speech was written by political consultants. Volcano monitoring? Volcano… volcano… eruption! Eruption of what? Uhm, of spending. There.

I thought these people could speak in public. Write him talking points, and let him improvise around that. Or something. It’s amazing that people think there’re some rules of staging a speech like that.

radiofreevillage on February 25, 2009 at 1:07 AM

P.S. There’s no question “Oh, God” comes from Mathews.

radiofreevillage on February 25, 2009 at 1:08 AM

IMO, we’re also reacting to Jindal so strongly because we had years of wanting Bush to communicate effectively and after this last month we really wanted someone on the order of Santelli to knock this speech down.

INC on February 25, 2009 at 12:40 AM

I’ll put Bush as an effective (and persuasive) communicator over Comrade Urkel anyday.
That being said, I’ve heard Jindal be very eloquent and articulate in interviews on the radio several times.
His problem, I think, is being in front of a camera.
It that’s so, maybe he just needs a whole lot more practice and some coaching from someone like teh Fred!, Santelli or Sarah.

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:10 AM

All of them. The conservatives that I know will not give up without a fight, and I mean a real one.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 12:48 AM

I believe we are in serious trouble as a nation. However, I can’t speak for everyone, but some of us will go down swinging. Just last week I confronted my Blue Dog CONgressman in his office last week over porkulus and the actions of the Federal Reserve. I can’t and won’t take what they are doing to this country lying down. I’m organizing a meeting a series of educational meetings. And I just ordered a Don’t Tread on Me flag (Gadsden flag) to hang in front of of my house. I intend to do anything I can to stir the pot and raise awareness of those around me. Since the conservative leaders in Washington are mostly inept and feckless, it’s up to the people. We are indeed screwed, but it’s no where near over. It’s time to engage the enemy.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

I “visited” at least 10 different web sites today, looking to purchase ammo for my “constitutionally protected” arms that I own.

No dice.

99% of them had a disclaimer that read:

OUT OF STOCK, NO BACK ORDER AVAILABLE.

My local WAL-MART was also totally out of ammo too. Think about it.

Not Over.

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

And he won’t be banned….ever. Because the hosts want us to suffer.

jimmy the notable on February 25, 2009 at 1:06 AM

Ain’t it the truth?! AP has the Fox “fair and balanced” and in your face syndrome bad.

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

I’m sure Jindal could have been more forceful, but he would probably have been labled by the MSM, as a mean spirited member of the “vast right wing conspiracy.” I guess he was trying to be too fair, but I understand where he was coming from. Because he wasn’t”confrontational” and even said some positive things about Obama’s speech, he was able to get through some pretty good attacks on the plans of Obama and the Democrats.We just have to continue to attack the Democrats agenda and show how dangerous it is.

sandee on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

Something tells me Jindal was “prepared” by the same RINOs that “prepared” Palin.

Off with their heads.

jimmy the notable on February 25, 2009 at 1:01 AM

Amen Brother!

JeffVader on February 25, 2009 at 1:13 AM

I think it was a fine rebuttal. What’s the problem? Why are we screwed? You mean because he didn’t move his head left and right across the audience and say things like “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for” and “Yes we can”. Listen to Jindal again without the video. It’s an effective speech.

long_cat on February 25, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

It’s all about the page views. NTTAWWT

Laura on February 25, 2009 at 1:18 AM

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:12 AM

It’s been that way here for months. I can’t find a local source for reloading supplies; their shelves have been picked clean. The big box sporting good stores can’t keep ammo in stock. And suddenly Wal-Mart is only getting tiny shipments that are gone within an hour of it hitting the shelves.

We had a gun show two weekends ago and more than 8,000 people paid $10 to get in the door. At times there were several hundred at a time waiting to get in the door. I got there a few hours after it opened and by that point there were few handgun options left. It gave me hope to watch people waiting in line to join the NRA. And I loved to see all those patriots buying AR-15′s. I wish every household in my neighborhood had one. It would sure help if the zombies ever come riding through with TEC-9′s.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:22 AM

I’m sure folks like Jefferson, Adams and Lincoln would not pass the scrutiny of our ever so enlightened society. If folks would take the time to move past how well he can give a teleprompter speech and see his leadership, academic, and public service credentials, I think this country would have a chance at surviving. As it is, this country deserves to fail.
I often wonder why political parties don’t recruit for candidates in Hollywood: a good presentation, regardless of content, is all one needs anymore.

Send_Me on February 25, 2009 at 1:26 AM

WORST OF THE NIGHT – tax increases on 2% and on corps that shift jobs overseas???? Hello, every major US company has jobs overseas. What an idiot.

Starlink on February 25, 2009 at 12:01 AM

Your point is.

heshtesh on February 25, 2009 at 1:26 AM

Jenfidel on February 25, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Drop the Jen, add ‘in’ instead.

jacobnyc on February 25, 2009 at 1:27 AM

Well, here it comes. Obama is going to cut defense spending during a war. I guess that Obama thinks that defense is something that you straddle.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 1:29 AM

long_cat on February 25, 2009 at 1:17 AM

I’m with YOU!

I thought it was a fine response considering who the listening public was.

That’s the problem with these internet savvy users, they are out of touch with the majority audience for this prime time stuff.

The people Jindal was speaking too are the Bachelor/Bachelorette/Reality/American Idol/Survivor crowd.

Texas Gal on February 25, 2009 at 1:29 AM

Did anyone else hear how Jindal legitimized Obama: With his speech tonight the President completed a ‘redemptive journey’…

With sycophants like Jindal, Obama doesn’t need Chrissy Matthews to have a tingle up his leg.

And here is a prime example of ‘white guilt’ that the GOP must overcome if they are to have a chance against the Messiah in 2010 and 2012.

technopeasant on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Your point is.

heshtesh on February 25, 2009 at 1:26 AM

He made it.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Who are these people judging Jindal by this one speech? Don’t they care to check out his track record? He’s done pretty well so far without worrying about one stale speech.

Rogue Traveler on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Well, here it comes. Obama is going to cut defense spending during a war.

While escalating in Afghanistan no less.

He’s either diabolically dangerous or hopelessly naive, which is dangerous in its own right.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:32 AM

I think its time to OD on Lunesta, its going to be a long night. Tax Cuts for the 1%, Rash Lamebrain, the anti-abortion, anti-LGBT rights, fascist rhetoric is not the way. The tribe has spoken.

jacobnyc on February 25, 2009 at 12:44 AM

What is your drug of choice?

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 1:35 AM

He made it.

Johan Klaus on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Probably should have added /sarc

heshtesh on February 25, 2009 at 1:35 AM

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:22 AM

I live in Kalifornia.

AR-15′s are banned.
I’ve made an appointment on Sat. to go to a gunsmith in my area and have an AR-15 Kalifornia legal weapon be fashioned for me.

Cost: Between 800 and 1200 American dollars.

I say…it’s a bargain.

Now to find the ammo.

Good luck too you my friend.

Not Over.

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM

The “Oh, God” was Matthews.

As far as Jindal is concerned, he needs to stay in Lousiana as their governor, or perhaps run for senate. He is not national material. He doesn’t have the speaking voice, or the presence to make it on a national level.

Good man, but definitely not presidential material.

Joe Pyne on February 25, 2009 at 1:38 AM

Who are these people judging Jindal by this one speech? Don’t they care to check out his track record? He’s done pretty well so far without worrying about one stale speech.

Rogue Traveler on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

This was really not about Jindal, or his further aspirations, but about US, and America, and someone expressing our response to the idiot messiah’s insane speech. Jindal’s fortunes are one thing, but we needed someone to clearly express our thoughts and feelings about the raping and pillaging of America that the Precedent had just detailed. This is the important point.

progressoverpeace on February 25, 2009 at 1:38 AM

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Interesting..post an update if you would. I am curious what it takes to make one legal in California.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:39 AM

I haven’t watched either of the speeches, but from reading the thread, it sounds like Bobby could have done a much better job.

Speaking of communicating the conservative message, you know who does it better than anyone I’ve heard yet? Rush. Just saying, we need a conservative who can boldly and clearly communicate conservatism in action.

mauipundit on February 25, 2009 at 1:40 AM

I finally had the guts to watch it– I don’t think it’s nearly as bad as a lot of you indicated. Maybe because I went into it expecting a complete trainwreck (based on comments), I was pleasantly surprised. Not great, but not a career-ender by any means.

He has plenty of time to improve– and only crazy freaks like us watch the response, really.

Security Mom on February 25, 2009 at 1:40 AM

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:36 AM

One more thing, at that gun show I saw a guy doing a brisk business in Cosmoline.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:41 AM

amerpundit on February 25, 2009 at 12:21 AM

This is one of the points I was trying to make. My post from a smart-military blog:
Everyone here is forgetting that, indirectly, Reagan spent his entire life getting ready for the presidency. He had a natural talent for many things, & had a wide life experience; but he wasn’t always as well-rounded as the man we honour today.

The bottom line is that those stints on the lecture circuit in the ’50s & ’60s, his terms as governor, & other experiences trained him to do what he did. In other words, experience made him better–& will hopefully do the same to our candidates today.

youngTXcon on February 25, 2009 at 1:42 AM

Rogue Traveler on February 25, 2009 at 1:30 AM

Ummm.. yeah… you’re going to be hearing about his track record if he runs for higher office. And it’s not entirely pretty. Those ethics laws he bragged about… total crap. We’re worse off now than we were before. Plus he keeps fighting to keep himself and his staff exempt from pesky oversight rules and regs. His “government hiring freeze”? Um… NO. We have more people on the payroll than ever. It’s the sort of thing the media will sit on until after the nomination and then use to take the steam right out of that engine. Overall he’s a good governor. He’s a damn sight better than that idiot Blanco, but then, that’s a pretty low bar. But the GOP needs to NOT make a hero out of him, and we absolutely need to hold his feet to the fire and make him EARN his rep.

Laura on February 25, 2009 at 1:44 AM

Living here in Qatar – its not unusual that well educated Indians to have very low key speaking skills – much of it is cultural and much of it is hereditary.

When I go to the indian souqs on a Frifay night there are teeming thousands of indians but with one characteristic – there is almost no hubbub no creshendo of voices – instead its eriely quiet.

So if he was flat it was a sign of respect to the audience and to those who picked him as their representatives

EricPWJohnson on February 25, 2009 at 1:45 AM

Interesting..post an update if you would. I am curious what it takes to make one legal in California.

flyfisher on February 25, 2009 at 1:39 AM

Your wish is my command sir.

Follow the links here and here.

Not Over.

1GooDDaDDy on February 25, 2009 at 1:46 AM

I really didn’t think Jindal was bad. At first, he was wooden. There were no crowd noises, and I think that was a serious mistake… no applause after he made his points. As the speech went on, though, he took a real risk talking about how the GOP had strayed from its principles and intended to get back to them. He said it well, and I think it may have had a strong effect, especially after a full hour of Bambi taking absolutely no risks and saying nothing of substance at all.

joe_doufu on February 25, 2009 at 1:47 AM

My video player won’t seem to load so I read the transcripts on the LAT web page. Obama’s was painful to read, but Jindal’s was pleasant, and uplifting to read. From the beginning with explanation of our redemption from racism and slavery, to his listing of our nations strengths, at the end.
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Jindal’s speech should be posted in every classroom in America, and if he did sound like Mr. Rogers perhaps it will do some hopefully former NYU students some good.
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The MSNBC staffer sounded like a kid sticking up a 7-eleven when a cop walks in.
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Jindal Palin or Palin Jindal in 2012

darktood on February 25, 2009 at 1:47 AM

Jindal was alright. BOTTOM LINE: He isn’t a great public speaker.

The Republican response should have come from Mitt Romney. Dressed down to not look the part of a Wall Street banker, but that of an average Joe (sweater, jeans, etc.).

Romney is credible, smart, and a far better extemporaneous speaker than Jindal.

IrishSamurai on February 25, 2009 at 1:47 AM

I don’t know that Romney’s a better extemporaneous speaker than Jindal… I’ve heard Jindal speak off the cuff many times – the presser the other day was a good example – and he’s excellent. He doesn’t do nearly as well with rehearsed speeches like this one.

Laura on February 25, 2009 at 1:50 AM

And for the record, neither Palin or Jindal are Reagan-esque.

If somehow the GOP can re-cast Romney from the suit/tie/stiffness crap (make him more personable, work on his image), he’ll stomp Obama in 2012 when the economy is experiencing Carter II: Stagflation Boogaloo …

That is assuming the GOP can get Romney to run again.

IrishSamurai on February 25, 2009 at 1:51 AM

Obviously,listening to Hopey’s hope speech,
the Liberal party are on ACID,as well as
Kool-Aid!

Liberal (Lysergic)

Socialist (S-Acid)

Democrat (Diethylamide),Sarc!Ahem.

canopfor on February 25, 2009 at 1:53 AM

The problem with our side is that we’re good at writing speeches but poor on delivery. I’ve watched Jindal many times, & he is better “off-the-cuff” than he is with a prompter. Whoever made him “stick-to-the-script” needs to be fired.

youngTXcon on February 25, 2009 at 1:54 AM

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