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“Oh My God.”

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 25, 2009

Chris Matthews’ reaction to Bobby Jindal’s imminent self-immolation in front of a national audience.

How bad was it? See for yourself. (Compare and contrast to the speech Jindal thought he was critiquing.)

It was so bad, even David Brooks was cringing:

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?

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.

It was so bad, the FOX News commentators were cringing:

BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”

NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”

JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”

It was so bad, Ace of Spades and Ramesh Ponnuru were cringing.

That flushing sound you heard was Jindal’s hopes for 2012 being flushed down the drain.

UPDATE: Eli at Multimedium notes that the anecdote Jindal used as the centerpiece of his speech was probably completely fabricated.

9 Responses to ““Oh My God.””

  1. Charles II said

    All they wanted was some colored guy to stand against the Dem’s colored guy.

    They got some colored guy.

  2. BobbyG said

    Mr. Jindal,

    are you in my country legally?


  3. Stormcrow said

    Some men just want to watch the world burn.

  4. MEC said

    “are you in my country legally?”

    He was born here, in fact.

    But gad. His speech proves the Republicans have nothing more than “Let’s do more of the same thing that got us into this mess.” It’s pathetic.

  5. Even better: The Katrina anecdote Jindal told is almost certainly a lie from the ground up.

  6. Stormcrow said

    I’m sure you’re run across mention of Bobby “The Exorcist” Jindal’s encounter with a demon, apparently while he was still at Brown University.

    You just can’t make stuff like this up. It’s too weird. It’s like Sarah Palin’s pal Thomas Muthee.

    I didn’t even have to bookmark this one in order to pluck the story out of the aether. Google search on “Jindal Exorcism” and the Huffpo story is the third one down. The TPM one that I cited is second. How on earth did anybody think this guy would make 2012 Presidential timber, with a backstory like that???

    If I didn’t see so many clear indications that the Republican Party has turned into a circular firing squad, I’d be prone to suspect that people like McCain and Palin, and most especially Jindal were members of a sacrificial rearguard.

    Most especially Jindal. His Catholic zealotry may play well enough in Louisiana, but it is likely to fall very flat among the majority of the 25%’ers.

    Just how well would a Shi’ite mullah do, amongst the Deodandi Taliban? LOL.

  7. Stormcrow said

    Oops. Should read “Deobandi”.

  8. The problem is: Who else do they have? McCain was their best shot, and he still lost, and he’s not going to try again, even if he’s still alive in 2012.




    Smilin’ Tim Pawlenty? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAcoughcoughcough.

    Chuck Hagel is the one guy who might be just conservative enough for their base yet who also has a shot of appealing to the general public, but he’s not interested in electoral politics any more. Plus, he shows too many occasional glimmerings of sanity (he’s much more of a real ‘maverick’ than McCain, which is precisely why the party establishment hates him).

    What’s going to be interesting is how much longer the media is going to keep pretending the Republicans aren’t all crazy, greedy, self-centered dorks who would gladly flush America down the toilet for electoral gain. As the Republicans keep getting crazier and crazier, will the media keep playing the “Shape of Earth: Views Differ” game? Or will somebody finally break through the whole “balance” scam and start calling the GOP on its bull?

  9. Charles II said

    One thing we can be sure of, PW. The Party of Money will always exist, no matter how insane it becomes. More likely, the GOP will take over the Dems and leave a shriveled rump party of Know-Nothings and the demon-possessed.

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