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QUICK THOUGHTS ON GOVERNOR JINDAL’S PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT

Posted by Andrew Roman on February 25, 2009

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As disappointing as Governor Bobby Jindal was last evening in his response to President Obama’s non-State of the Union address, I harbor as much disappointment in myself for expecting too much.

From the moment Jindal began speaking, I couldn’t help but wonder if he was sitting on a thumbtack or if someone was applying a nutcracker to his pinky toe – particularly at the beginning of his talk. The lighting and the background were, at best, unflattering, and his delivery was as smooth as large curd cottage cheese. It pains me to say this because I am a huge fan of Governor Jindal. (This past summer, for example, while working at a well-known broadcasting outlet, I was impressed to see how Jindal handled the hurricane emergencies that wreaked havoc in his state (Louisiana). He was strong, decisive, unwavering. He was a leader. Unfortunately, that Bobby was MIA last evening).

Since last night’s talk, the adjective truck has been heavy with words like “cardboard,” “awful,” “akward” and “wooden” to describe the Governor’s performance. Throw in “lackluster,” “boring,” “unimpressive” and “flat” and we’ve almost got enough for a baseball team.

In a perfect world, “substance over style” would have rendered Barack Obama a poll worker instead of an election winner – but that’s not how it works in the real world, sadly. Indeed, much of what Jindal said last evening was spot on. He is, indeed, a good conservative who normally comes across much better than a slab of gefilte fish on a paper plate. Unfortunately, if opportunities such as this – with the world watching – are squandered, especially following an Obama-teleprompter spectacular as we saw last night, Jindal will quickly see his star begin to lose some of its luster.

First off, it was painfully ineffective – and frankly weak – to have an Obama congratulatory love fest as part of the Republican response more than five weeks into Obama’s term. Obama-mania already leaks from every orifice in this country. The last thing that I, as a conservative, need to hear again are blithering accolades for a President who just signed into law the largest slab of pig-meat in human history. The honeymoon is over. The real world has arrived.

Second, anyone who is going to go up against The Messiah will need to be at least as effective at speaking to the people, not at them. Governor Jindal was less than personable when it was his time to shine on the national stage.

Some comments on Jindal’s performance from the great Free Republic.com website include:

– I’ve read about Jindal for months now, but this is the first speech I’ve seen him make. An unmitigated disaster. People who say “What about the substance, he had that” can pat themselves on the back for being about substance if they want, that’s not the issue. If no one listens to you, it doesn’t matter what you say. -Darkwolf377

– I have no idea what Jindal was rambling on about. That was bad. -Rodney Dangerfield

– There was no problem with the message. Jindal is a true Republican, not a RINO. The problem was the presentation which looked totally amateur. Also, Jindal seemed “handled” the same problem that Palin ran into last fall, despite the fact that she’s the most genuine conservative libertarian republican we’ve seen in years. -libertarian9

– 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. –Euram

For my money, this certainly doesn’t disqualify Governor Jindal from any future considerations for national office. I believe with every fiber of my being that he is a good conservative and, most important, a very good man. If the Governor Jindal who led Louisiana during the summertime hurricane emergencies ever shows his head at the national level – and with a bit more seasoning – he will be a force to be reckoned with.

I mean that.

This morning, however, I have a bit of a pasty taste in my mouth looking back at Jindal’s appearance – or as one Freeper put it: “The man had all the interest of a cold mashed potato sandwich. With out salt.”

This forgettable performance by Jindal happened early enough in the Obamacratic regime to be rendered ultimately meaningless down the road – that is, if the Governor learns to how bring his “A-game” to the national stage.

In other news, the President spoke about stuff, hope, whatever, blah, blah …

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4 Responses to “QUICK THOUGHTS ON GOVERNOR JINDAL’S PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT”

  1. foutsc said

    I agree with your assessment. This was a poor performance, but Mr. Jindal is a man of substance and real achievement. He can overcome this. I do lament the GOP’s lost opportunity here.

    Another young man had a disastrous debut on the national stage. He was almost booed off the platform at the Democratic National Convention because his speech was long and boring. This Arkansas governor overcame that and went on to become successful two-term president Bill Clinton.

  2. foutsc said

    I agree with your assessment. This was a poor performance, but Mr. Jindal is a man of substance and real achievement. He can overcome this. I do lament the GOP’s lost opportunity here.

    Another young man had a disastrous debut on the national stage. He was almost booed off the platform at the Democratic National Convention because his speech was long and boring. This Arkansas governor overcame that and went on to become successful two-term president Bill Clinton.

  3. Khorum said

    Jindal performs much better in interviews and debates where he routinely leverages his intellect against questions posed by the press, activists or rival politicians.

    When asked to deliver a narrative, however, we get this.

  4. Khorum said

    Jindal performs much better in interviews and debates where he routinely leverages his intellect against questions posed by the press, activists or rival politicians.

    When asked to deliver a narrative, however, we get this.

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