Another one bites the dust

Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

After the Alaska Disasta, Sarah Palin, imploded in a super nova as John McCain's running mate, Republicans started looking around and asked "who else do we have?" Many of them, including the drug-addled mind of gas bag bloviator Rush Limbaugh, settled on Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

So Jindal was primped and prodded into the role of delivering the GOP response to President Obama's address to Congress on Tuesday. It was an epic failure. Even conservative commentators universally agreed that Jindal was a miserable failure. Everyone, that is, except Rush Limbaugh who is threatening his fellow bloviators to be as delusional as he is about Jindal.

But the final nail in Bobby Jindal's dream of ever becoming the GOP nominee for president in 2012 was the netroots making the comparison between him and Kenneth the page on NBC's 30 Rock sitcom. Tedski over at R-cubed does the local take on this netroots phenomenon. Bobby Jindal? Ay, Pobrecito. Note to Jindal: Tina Fey, who destroyed Sarah Palin with her dead-on parody, is also a writer, producer and star of 30 Rock. Do you really think that 30 Rock is not going to ride this horse? Bye-bye.

Limbaugh subscribes to the delusional school of thought that conservatism never fails, only politicians fail conservatism. Spoken like a true ideologue. The nice polite Republican (NPR) David Brooks, conservative columnist for the New York Times, delivered an honest and fatal analysis of Jindal's Republican response.

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…I oppose the stimulus package 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 now. They may not like the way the Democrats have passed the stimulus bill. But the idea that we're just going to… That government will have no role, the federal government has no role in this, that in a moment when only the federal government is big enough to actually 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 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. I just think it's a disaster for the [Republican] Party. I just think it's unfortunate right now.

H/t to Crooks&Liars blog for the transcipt.

See the response of Jack McBrayer (Kenneth the page) to Bobby Jindal on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - The Jack McBrayer Response To The Internet Response To The Republican Response T.

4 responses to “Another one bites the dust

  1. Jindal’s staff admitted this morning that he lied about that whole sheriff story he told. I’d say that should be the final nail in the coffin, but I think to many Republicans the ability to get up in front of 50 million people and lie your face off is a positive and not a negative.

  2. Francine is right. Huckabee almost pulled it off last year and I think he could be the GOP nominee if he can broaden his appeal beyond white evangelicals. He is articulate, self-deprecating and smart.

    However, don’t write Jindal off just yet. He has had great success as an Indian-American in the Deep South and is admired for his intellect. Besides, there was a guy from Hope, Arkansas who once recovered nicely from a widely-panned speech! I’m interested to see how Jindal deals with the aftermath…

  3. Francine Shacter

    What totally blew my mind was when Jindal pointed to the abysmal failure of the government to assist people stranded in New Orleans as an example of government’s inability to respond to a crisis quickly and effectively. This man was a Rhodes’ scholar??? Really??? Sheesh!!! With Jindal, there is something for everyone: if I understand correctly, the anti-immigrant zenophobes could be interested in Jindal’s birth in the U.S. – which enabled his parents to become citizens – I think the term is “anchor baby”.

    The Republican who I think could come from behind and mount a credible challenge in 2012 is Mike Huckabee. Watch his show on Fox – no, I’m not kidding – watch with an open mind and tell me what you think.