On Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s Republican response to President Obama’s speech on Tuesday:
*No, it couldn’t measure up in style to any Obama speeches. Obama can recite “Mary Has a Little Lamb” and have MSNBC drooling in awe. Sure, Jindal’s response could be considered lightweight, but it wasn’t terrible either. On an audience panel of Fox News Channel, at least several audience members seemed to appreciate that Jindal was direct and understandable in his speech.
*One speech does not necessarily a political success story make. New York Governor Mario Cuomo wowed the 1984 Democratic convention with his scathing speech against President Reagan, but his White House prospects never matched his rhetoric. Then there was another governor who gave a terrible, overblown speech at the 1988 Donkey Party convention--who wound up being elected president four years later.
*In any event, President Obama’s disastrous proposed federal budget--along with the economy-killing stimulus package--will all but assure Jindal’s speech will be long-forgotten. And the sour reaction among pundits won’t erase Jindal’s turning away $100 million of stimulus money from Louisiana, due to his foresight that it would create more state budget problems down the road.
On a side note, I notice among some anti-Jindal bloggers their hysteria over an article Jindal wrote in a December 1994 edition of the New Oxford Review (the magazine is ultra-Catholic, but there’s more intellectual wattage in one edition of NOR than among a year’s worth of all the New Left blogs combined). Here’s a tip for anti-Jindal writers: trying reading the ENTIRE article (of which I have a copy). Jindal, a traditional Catholic, merely WITNESSED the exorcism that occurred at an evangelical campus meeting he was visiting. His bewilderment over what he saw was very evident in the article. And it’s interesting that these same “intelligent” bloggers who ridicule any belief in demons or Satan (incidentally, Jindal’s view of demonic possession is consistent with Catholic teachings) won’t employ their so-called intellect to examine the contradictions and serious shortfalls of their savior president. You see, in the Obama religion, blind belief in his charisma and charm is a-okay, regardless of what he says (out of both corners of his mouth). But let a conservative express belief in a personal force of evil, and WATCH OUT! CALL BILL MAHER!
So we’ll be hearing from Jindal in the near future, especially when the Obama Republic collapses under the weight of bad, BAD economic policies (when Hillary is begging China to buy more U.S. debt, you KNOW it’s going to get REALLY bad) and fairy tale foreign policy (like apologizing to the Islamic world, which has led to those countries letting terrorists go free, and loading Hamas with tons of aid money that will be used against Israel).