“At this point in the election cycle, no Republican can be considered more than the flavor of the month. But [Bobby Jindal] is an appealing one.” – Michael Gerson
There’s nothing wrong with being honest that that Bobby Jindal gave a bad speech. And I’m not talking aboot the activists like MSNBC or HuffPo; they decided it was a bad speech before he gave it. I mean from actual conservatives – the ones who will actually support him – the speech was universally panned. It’s okay to admit that, it’s not the end of the world, and as you see in the video at the end Gov. Jindal bounced back just fine the next morning on “The Today Show.”
I think it was a combination of over hype and an overwhelming desire amongst the right to find “our Obama” to where a single slip up seemed like the end of the world, and that’s just silly. It’s barely 2009 and there are tons of Jindal’s, Palin’s, Romney’s, Newt’s, Sanford’s, Pawlenty’s, Cantor’s, DeMint’s, Coburn’s, and others that could step up, we have time to let our leaders develop.
At a recent meeting of conservative activists, Jindal had little to say about his traditional social views or compelling personal story. Instead, he uncorked a fluent, substantive rush of policy proposals and achievements, covering workforce development, biodiesel refineries, quality assurance centers, digital media, Medicare parts C and D, and state waivers to the CMS (whatever that is).
Jindal has the ability to overwhelm any topic with facts and thoughtful arguments — displaying a mastery of detail that encourages confidence. Both speak of complex policy issues with the world-changing intensity of a late-night dorm room discussion. In recent days, Jindal has displayed another leadership quality: ideological balance. He is highly critical of the economic theory of the stimulus package and turned down $98 million in temporary unemployment assistance to his state…but unlike some Republican governors who engaged in broad anti-government grandstanding, Jindal accepted transportation funding and other resources from the stimulus — displaying a program-by-program discrimination that will serve him well in public office. Jindal manages to hold to principle while seeing the angles.
Ultimately, however, Jindal is a problem-solving wonk, fond of explaining 31-point policy plans (his state ethics reform proposal actually had 31 points). This can have disadvantages — a lack of human connection and organizing vision. But this approach also has advantages. Jindal is a genuine policy innovator. “His reforms,” says Yuval Levin of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, “are the only constructive thing Republicans are doing on health care anywhere.”
I bolded the last part because our next big battle is going to be healthcare, and we need people who a) have a record of reforming it, b) have an alternative to the Democrat Party wanting to taking over the healthcare industry, and c) can offer something other than “no.”
So while yes, Jindal gave a bad speech and we all got inundated with left-wing trolls leaving blog comments aboot how we all suck, my man Bobby isn’t going anywhere and all of us with an (R-State) after our last name need to slow our role and calm down a little.
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