David Kirkpatrick

February 27, 2009

Bobby Jindal, fallen star

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 1:22 pm

Before he even had the chance to really shine, the ethnically-diverse, bright and clean-smelling hope for the GOP tripped and face planted in a muddy hole.

Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, was chosen to present the rebuttal to Obama’s not-the-State-of-the-Union-Address this week. By all accounts his speech was very weak sauce and widely likened to freshman debate class practice session. Not a great coming out party for the supposed class of the GOP — he’s smart (read: anti-Palin), not white (read: Obama-lite) and a born-again Catholic (read: the moron Evangelicals no longer want to lynch Catholics, too so he’s okay).

The biggest problem with Jindal’s rebuttal wasn’t the schoolboy in a tight, starched shirt presentation, the problem was the outright lies— fact-checkable lies — he spun out of whole cloth. Lies his staff is now obliquely owning up to.

Jindal’s national political career? Over.

From the link:

A spokeswoman for Bobby Jindal says the Louisiana governor didn’t intend to imply that an anecdote about battling bureaucrats during Katrina directly involved the governor or took place during the heat of a fight to release rescue boats.

The spokeswoman, Melissa Sellers, said the story Jindal told in his response to Obama actually took place some days later in Lee’s office — though still in Katrina’s chaotic aftermath —  as Lee was “recounting” his frustrations with the bureaucracy to someone else on the telephone.