Bobby Jindal

"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.

Is Bobby Jindal Really "the Republican Obama"?
October 28, 2008

With the Republicans’ presidential hopes for 2008 now all but dashed, a few upstarts in the party are—surprise—positioning themselves for future runs. Last week, Chris Cillizza flagged the appearance of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in a television spot for John Kennedy, the Republican challenger to Senator Mary Landrieu. Amid a backdrop of stately white columns, the young Indian-American governor projects a cool image of steadiness and calm. Sound like anyone you know?

The Cynicism Of The Palin Pick
August 29, 2008

Just yesterday, another reporter and I were chewing over McCain's veep possibilities, and I wondered why Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had fallen out of speculation. "McCain would never pick Jindal, because it ruins his experience argument," my friend replied. Both Palin and Jindal are young reformers tackling hellaciously corrupt states. Palin is a few years older, but Jindal -- who reformed Medicaid in Louisiana, served as an Assistant HHS Secretary, and did several years in Congress -- has more experience. Is there any difference between what the two accomplish as v.p.

Bobby Jindal Watch
June 30, 2008

On the heels of his recall petition, this from the Times-Picayune: Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative director has resigned after serving fewer than six months with the new administration, which is embroiled in a controversy over the Legislature's large pay raise. ... Williams' resignation comes at a moment of intensely strained relations between Jindal and the Legislature, which adjourned last week from its third lawmaking session this year.

Bad News For Dems?
April 16, 2007

Former Senator John Breaux, who would have been a strong candidate in Louisiana's gubernatorial race this year against GOP Representative Bobby Jindal, has withdrawn (since he cashed in as a lobbyist and moved to Maryland in 2005, he couldn't prove Louisiana "citizenship").