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The Mendacity of Nope [Video Update – Laugh a Minute!]

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) was chosen to deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s address to congress tonight.  He’s young, he’s arguably more cool than Fred Thompson and he’s measurably less white – which is obviously all that the surviving Republican leadership has learned from recent political events – so he was the obvious choice as the GOP’s answer to Obama.

His challenge was to follow an inspirational speech delivered by a popular president during a time of great national stress and not sound like a total Buzz Killington.


Nice try, Gov. Jindal.  Thanks for coming out – but you can go home, now.

For the first half of the speech I wasn’t sure where the Governor was going.  He seemed to be kind of repeating the president’s speech, just in a “talking to a class of first-grader’s” tone of voice rather than that “leader of the world” tenor that President Obama managed to strike.

He used the destruction of New Orleans to make his points about why the public should embrace the GOP.  I’m still a little too stunned by that approach to comment on it, so I leave that for the reader to ponder.  

Then the talons came out:

You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust – and rightly so.

Oooo!  You so told, um, You!  Don’t let you give you any guff about it, either.  You just tell you where you get off.  You, um, betcha!


Speaking of irrelevant Republican Governors, as an attempt at the kind of “gotcha politics” so recently frowned on by an Alaskan Governor whose name is rapidly fading from memory, Gov. Jindal pulled a line of the president’s to use as a red flag:

“A few weeks ago, the President warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said ‘we may not be able to reverse.’ Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don’t let anyone tell you that we cannot recover – or that America’s best days are behind her.”

Now, if that didn’t completely miss what the President Obama had just finished saying – and if it wasn’t delivered like you suspected the viewers at home to be illiterate tundra farmers with bilateral frostbite – there might have been a bit of sting in that.  But as it was it left me wanting to help Gov. Jindal back to his room and making sure he got the kind of understanding care that would help him adjust to life outside the Institute, someday…

The President’s speech hit the press at 3pm this afternoon, Governor.  You could have read it before writing your response, or failing that you could have watched it before delivering your own.  And if you did both of those things, and still delivered the speech you did?  In that case I suggest you stay inside and play with the Nice Colored Blocks while the big kids get back to running the nation.



  1. fogiv

    Jindal shot himself in the foot tonight.  With an Uzi.  Until it was empty. From PBS News Hour (emphasis mine):

    JIM LEHRER: Now that, of course, was Gov. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, making the Republican response. David, how well do you think he did?

    DAVID BROOKS: Uh, not so well. You know, 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.

  2. ragekage

    Notably about the “Disneyland to Vegas” mag lev line, and misrepresenting Obama’s “crisis” remarks, I was full of “meh”. That beginning bit just sounded so stilted and forced, and I’m not sold on his southern accent.

    He almost went in the right direction, noting Republicans had lost the trust of the American people, but still tried to play it off on the Democrats by ignoring the fact it was the Republican congress/administration leading the efforts to spend five trillion dollars in eight years

  3. fogiv

    Andrew Sullivan:

    The rest was boilerplate. And tired, exhausted, boilerplate. If the GOP believes tax cuts – more tax cuts – are the answer to every problem right now, they are officially out of steam and out of ideas. And remember: this guy is supposed to be the smart one.

  4. louisprandtl

    “If you hate Government so much, why are you in it? Why don’t you just GFY instead of contemplating how to f*** everybody else?”

  5. Michelle

    OH MAN, I was waiting for it, and there it was: THE REFERENCE to 9/11.

    Is it just me or was a watching a strange mashup of the Obama story along with the same old tired Rethug lines?  It was fucking terrible.

  6. creamer

    The intellectual incoherence is stunning. Basically, the political philosophy of the GOP right now seems to consist of snickering at stuff that they think sounds funny. The party of ideas has become the party of Beavis and Butthead.

    I find that I agree with that discription.

  7. Michelle

    Was that some sort of Faux Presidential reference?

    And why was it a Governor?  Was that in keeping with the Republicans hate the federal government theme?

    And what in the hell was with the Katrina references?  We all know that New Orleans was not rebuilt by the federal government or the state government.  

    It all makes my head hurt.  And maybe in 2 years time if this shit continues we will have a supermajority.  Not that having a lack of opposition is a good thing, but they really are standing in the way of progress right now.

  8. bmaggiemay

    The old coots of the Republican Party threw him to the wolves….they knew nobody could follow President Obama with any credibility… they sent most vulnerable should have sent Michael Steele to gather his hip-hop Republicans

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