Bobby Jindal

Charles in Charge
September 09, 2009

Tonight the GOP response to Obama’s prime-time health care speech will be delivered by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr., a little-known former heart surgeon who has been serving the state’s 7th district since 2005. Boustany is an interesting choice for the GOP considering the hype surrounding the speech and that the last rebuttal to the president came from high-profile 2012 contender Bobby Jindal. So who is he? Boustany, 53, was born in Lafayette, Louisiana to Lebanese immigrant grandparents and a Democrat father who served as Lafayette Parish coroner for 16 years.

Jindal, Revisited (a.k.a., Department Of I Told You So)
August 04, 2009

Not that long ago, there was a widespread sense that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was a GOP superstar in the making--and quite possibly the Republican with the best chance of beating Barack Obama in 2012--because he was, to some degree, a "Republican Obama": wonky, politically astute, "post-racial," etc. Such talk has cooled dramatically, thanks in large part to his disastrous response to Obama's non-State of the Union address back in February.

Jindal's Secret Plan To Get Palin Out Of The Picture
March 23, 2009

Readers no doubt recall that in his televised address last month, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal singled out for ridicule stimulus dollars slated for "volcano monitoring." If you must, you may consider these subsequent developments to be coincidences: Scant weeks later, Alaska's Mount Redoubt has erupted for the first time in two decades, sending an ash plume 9 miles into the sky; TPM has confirmed that a portion of the stimulus funding Jindal mocked is intended to "shore up" monitoring of Mount Redoubt; Mount Redoubt is, by my own measure, a mere 135 miles from Governor Sarah Palin's home

Bobby Jindal And Racial Stereotypes
February 25, 2009

Boosters of Bobby Jindal's presidential prospects have suggested to me--correctly, I think--that his racial background could be less of a hurdle for white voters than Barack Obama's was because, as a South Asian American, Jindal would be perceived as a "model minority." Where racially nervous whites might look at Obama and think of some scary African American they saw on "The Wire," they'd look at Jindal and think of that nice young internist who took care of them while the family doctor was on vacation in Boca. But stereotypes sometimes cut in unexpected ways.

"i Think It's Insane."
February 25, 2009

That's David Brooks describing the Republican rebuttal by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, which my colleague Greg Veis discusses in more detail in the item below. As Greg notes, the rebuttal speech is notoriously difficult to give. Jindal is, by all accounts, an exceptionally bright young politician; he'll have better days, I'm sure. The problem here is the philosophy Jindal espouses, which very much remains dominant in the Republican Party. But don't take my word for it. Just listen to Brooks: --Jonathan Cohn

Epic Fail, Sotu Rebuttal Version
February 25, 2009

Is there a more dangerous assignment for a rising party star to accept than a State of the Union rebuttal? Seriously, it’s hemlock.

Hurricane Katrina: All Washington's Fault
February 25, 2009

One more laff line from Jindal's speech: Today in Washington, some are promising that government will rescue us from the economic storms raging all around us. Those of us who lived through Hurricane Katrina, we have our doubts. He's right. Jason and I were down there right after the hurricane hit, and one thing everyone told us was, "Man, why won't the federal government just leave us alone?

February 24, 2009

A lowlight from Bobby Jindal's oddly stilted GOP response: As we take these steps, we must remember, for all of our troubles at home, dangerous enemies still seek our destruction. Now is no time to dismantle the defenses that have protected this country for hundreds of years or to make deep cuts in funding for our troops. America's fighting men and women can do anything. If we give them the resources they need, they will stay on the offensive, defeat our enemies, and protect us from harm. Who, exactly, is proposing to "dismantle" our defenses?

What About Bobby, Ctd.
October 28, 2008

Ross Douthat and Dave Weigel think I'm "completely" and "exactly" wrong, respectively, to write off Bobby Jindal's chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. I very much hope they're right, though I remain skeptical.  Douthat argues that I vastly underestimate the way Obama's name, ancestry and skin color have dovetailed with other aspects of his background - from his liberation-theology church to the academic-lefty and urban-machine milieu in which he spent much of his early political career - that the GOP would have tried to play up against any Democratic candidate.

What About Bobby?
October 28, 2008

To follow up on Suzy's item, I wanted to note that, while there are plenty of 2012 GOP presidential aspirants who have reason to be unhappy with the McCain campaign's decisions over the last couple months (and, in particular, the Palin choice), a case could be made that no one's nearish-term prospects have been hurt more than Bobby Jindal's. Though rarely explicit (and certainly not exclusive) a large portion of the GOP's closing argument this cycle has been to stoke white, working class fear and suspicion of the Other.