the reviews are in — but haven't we seen this movie before?
keith olbermann, rachel maddow and chris matthews on msnbc:
josh marshall @ talkingpointsmemo:
jindal's comments and presentation was just weird and cringy and awful.
david brooks on pbs news hour:
... 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.
andrew sullivan @ the atlantic:
close your eyes and think of kenneth from 30 rock. i can barely count the number of emails making that observation. i'm told olbermann's open mic got it right: jindal's entrance reminded one of mr. burns gamboling toward a table of ointments.
... there was, alas, a slightly high-school debate team feel to the beginning. and there was a patronizing feel to it as well — as if he were talking to kindergartners — that made obama's adult approach so much more striking. and i'm not sure that the best example for private enterprise is responding to a natural calamity that even ron paul believes is a responsibility for the federal government. and really: does a republican seriously want to bring up katrina? as for the biography, it felt like obama-lite. with far less political skill.
... but give him his due: he did in the end concede that the gop currently has a credibility problem on the fiscal issues they are now defining themselves with....
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.
kathryn jean lopez @ the national review:
e-mails i’m getting are from disappointed conservatives. they wanted a full-throated response to obama and expected and/or wanted more.
not even fox news is interested in rescuing poor bobby:
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.
okay, enough with the paid opinions — what are real patriotic god-fearing usurper-hating americans saying?:
back to the drawing board, GOP!!!!
someone needs to teach the GOP about youtube and other networking sites. from what i can tell, there's still no "official" GOP rebuttal video posted.
the first 10 minutes was a disaster. oh wait, the speech was only 10 mins long? well, i was hoping he would do well but did not impress.
we need four things four years from now. personality, can give a speech, conservative, and can raise $500 million.
i think the only person who can do all four is palin. i did not connect with jindal at all tonight and i don’t know if anyone else can raise %500 million.
jindal’s speech was a stinker. to begin with, i’m sick of hearing republicans going on and on about how the election of 0bama was so so historic. jindal’s delivery was poor, and his attempts at personalizing stories kind of fell flat. i’ve heard him speak before, he’s a smart guy, but he’s very dull. if he were to get the nomination in 2012 he’d draw mccain size crowds, maybe a bit bigger. bored, unenthusiastic crowds don’t volunteer, don’t donate, and sometimes don’t even vote. last i heard he’s only rejected $98 million of the stimulus for louisiana, which is just over ten percent. palin has rejected about 50 percent of the $1 billion offered her state. all she’s taking are for construction projects.
we have GREAT candidates but they keep being shown in an awful light. that’s the problem.
i've read about jindal for months now, but this is the first speech i've seen him make. an unmitigated disaster.
... jindal is off my list for potential 2012 nominee. which leaves...no one.
i heard jindal on the radio earlier today. sounded squishy. a republican should have gone on tonight and said:
why have you spent over a million dollars keeping your birth certificate locked up?
are you a natural-born citizen? are you even a citizen?
since your grandfather, father, mother, and mentor, and all your associates since childhood have been communists—why aren’t you a communist? or are you?
why have you seized control of the census?
why have you given acorn $4 billion? isn’t there enough thuggery and vote fraud to satisfy you?
of course the “stimulus bill” had no earmarks—it was 100% pork from beginning to end. earmarks are pork! if a bill is 100& pork, there’s no need for earmarks.
why is the money supply shooting up like a moon rocket?
and why have you spent over a million dollars keeping your birth certificate locked up? (i know—i want to see this question repeated.)