Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Rabid Republican Jindal is so Far Right, David Brooks Now Moderate Voice of Conservatives. It's Down the Rabbit Hole...

Charlie Rose featured a group of pundits, including David Brooks and Paul Krugman, to dissect Pres. Obama's "state of the union" speech and the Republican response.

Brooks let lose and blasted Gov. Bobby Jindal's disasterous nationwide appearance. Brooks comes across as the voice of moderation.

Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz wrote:

A young, rising star in the Republican Party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal s often mentioned these days as a possible challenger to Obama in 2012. He may still be -- but he will have to overcome a terrible introduction to many of his fellow party members.

"A wonderful human being, I like him very much, but he is a horrible speaker," conservative commentator Laura Ingraham said on the radio this morning. "Youcan't go on TV and counter Obama with that."

New York Times columnist David Brooks blasted Jindal's performance, saying that the governor offered a "stale" argument and called the message "a disaster for the Republican Party." Brooks was reacting more to the content of Jindal's message: that government is not the solution to the economic crisis and that Republicans should not put their trust in the federal bureaucracy.

On Fox News after the speech … Brit Hume deadpanned that "this was not Bobby Jindal's greatest oratorical moment."And the criticism was savage on the Internet.

Amanda Carpenter of tweeted that "Ok, some conservative needs to start a campaign to fire whoever wrote this cheesy response and coached him to talk like this. I can't watch."

"Jindal didn't have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own," said Charles Krauthammer on Fox. "He's in a Reagan-esque league. ... [Jindal] tried the best he could."

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