Bobby Jindal to the Republican Party’s Rescue

February 11, 2009

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Republicans have chosen Louisiana’s young governor, Bobby Jindal, to deliver a high-profile national address that will follow on the heels of President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union Address to the U.S. Congress on Feb. 24.

The choice of Jindal,  37 years old and of Indian heritage, points to a search for new leaders for the Republican Party, which is still reeling from the loss of its majority in both the House of Representatives and Senate to Democrats and the White House to Obama.

Jindal – who proved his mettle as an able administrator and communicator after Hurricane Gustav tore across Louisiana in September – has been tapped as a rising star in the Republican Party.
A darling to conservatives like talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who has dubbed him as “the next Ronald Reagan,” Jindal will have a chance to polish his credentials before a national television audience later this month.

“Here in Louisiana, we have first-hand experience with reforming government and cutting taxes to stimulate our economy in uncertain times,” Jindal said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is a terrific opportunity to talk about our great state to the nation.”

Too bad many in Louisiana won’t be listening. Feb. 24 is Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, the big party in these parts, especially in New Orleans, before the start of Lent.
 Photo Credit: Reuters/Jeff Haynes (JIndal shakes hands with a then President-elect Obama)

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yes jingle danced around louisiana,s headless democratic chickens as they ran around after katrina in total disarray.he proved even when they did their usual transfer the blame strategy to bush,that he is very competent and performs well in an emergency,which obama still has to prove.notice we are on the subject of them dam birds again eric ,i am having nightmares about your cruel escapades.but don,t worry same as the spending plan it will all come home to roost.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Hopefully Jindal is more willing to work with Dems if he is the next star of the Rep party.
I’m sure he just thrilled to get an endorsement from Rush “all drug addicts should be in jail” Limbaugh. Even my 70 year old lifelong Rep uncle thinks Rush is a windbag.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

you avoided answering the question will you be signing the partition to ban rush eric?come one the spin stops here.stop drinking the kool aid.are you ok with the return of the “fairless”document?is mccathyism a live and well in the democratic party?it is part of the spending bill is it? who is going to administer it acorn? incidentally what happened to the snoop who tapped into sarahs computer?perhaps you can enlist him to investigate to help to suppress conservative free speech.i was a socialist so i know the agenda.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Didn’t catch the question Brian, but no I couldn’t care less if Rush stays on the air or
not. He’s a fringe voice and like I said moderate Reps that I know think he’s full of it.
McCarthyism in the Dem party, now that’s a bit of a stretch don’t you think? I don’t know what happened to the guy who hacked Palins computer but probably the same thing that happened to whoever hacked Obamas.

Posted by Eric H | Report as abusive

Eric. With 20 million listeners, Rush is not a fringe voice. No other media personality comes close to the listener/viewership that he has. He is not fringe. Fringe voices don’t have those huge numbers listening each and every day.

Of course, knowing your point of view, you would say those 20 million people are fringe listeners. Whatever, he is a voice that threatens the progressive liberal agenda which you are a part.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive

thanks for you candour eric,i hope tc does not see this posting,but he seems to busy trying to educate jimbo.one of the democrats in the house?apparently is trying to start a national partition to ban rush,it must have fallen through,like most of their other brilliant ideas,i am back on song eric.oh by the way ,although it may be out of line because of your affiliations, but god bless.

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Lindsey Graham, after voting against the economic stimulus package, said he would nevertheless support federal funds going to his home state.

As it turns out, Graham doesn’t want to turn down federal recovery funds in the midst of an economic collapse, but that doesn’t mean some of his Republican colleagues have rejected the option altogether.

Bobby Jindal has suggested his state may not be interested in all of the roughly $4 billion allotted to it in the economic stimulus package.

I’d be very surprised if Jindal actually follows through on this — he has some real responsibilities to real families who are suffering — but that he’d even talk about rejecting recovery funds shows real conviction in his conservative principles. I have not heard any other Republicans say, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

Posted by getplaning | Report as abusive

jindal might have to accept funds,when they finally got round to read the spend plan,alas no money for the katrina victims.not bothered? not a priority for the democrats?

Posted by brian lee | Report as abusive

Why does Slamdunk millionaire, Bobby Jindal, speak to us like Mr. Rogers? Is that the best mind the GOP has to offer…sad to say, probably so.

Posted by Joanna | Report as abusive