Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Am I The Only Conservative Who Thinks Bobby Jindal Dropped The Ball In His Response To Obama?
The ConservativeXpress ^ | 2/25/09

Posted on 02/25/2009 6:43:09 PM PST by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821)

"[T]he people on our side are really making a mistake if they go after Bobby Jindal on the basis of style. Because if you think — people on our side I’m talking to you — those of you who think Jindal was horrible, you think — in fact, I don’t ever want to hear from you ever again. … I’ve spoken to him numerous times, he’s brilliant. He’s the real deal." --Rush Limbaugh on his radio show today.

Sean Hannity was equally impressed with Gov. Jindal.

With all do respect, Rush and Sean, I politiely disagree. In my unscientific analysis of the blogs today, conservatives seem to be about 50/50 on Jindal's performance.

First, I like Bobby Jindal. I like his policy. I like his politics and I think he will no doubt emerge as one of the many fresh faces of conservatism for years to come.

I admire his life story: the hard-work, discipline and success that his parents and he have earned are truly a great American story and do, in fact, demonstrate that anything can happen in American. And he was much better this morning on "The Today Show".

With that said, he really sh*t the proverbial bed in his Republican Response to President Obama's address to Congress. Frankly, he was not very good at all.

I know, I know, everyone who gives the "Other Party Address" following at State of the Union is at a distinct disadvantage. Whether it's Barack Obama or George Bush; the stage, the backdrop, the drama and Great American Ambience provided by the Chambers of Congress are difficult to match.

But Gov. Jindal was flat out dry, boring and stiff. The speech itself was quite good, full of substance and stayed on message (full transcript below), but the delivery was uninspiring and did little to energize the Republican base and surely many people simply tuned him out or turned him off.

And, as I've learned in the blogs today, many Conservatives could not make it all the way through the speech. So what do you suppose the reaction from independents and moderates was like? I know Republicans are never going to appeal to the Radical Leftist Obamamaniacs, but there still exists a fairly large number of "Independent" voters (myself included) who expected a bit more from Jindal.

Maybe it's not all his fault; obviously the Republican party was part of the planning process. But besides being flat, the atmosphere of Jindal's mansion was gloomy, creepy and empty.

But alas, herein lies a huge problems with Conservatism and Republicans. We live in the era of Bush Derangement Syndrome and Obamamania.

Like it or not, we do live in the "Dot-Com" era of sound bites and snapshots. As much as I would like to believe Americans believe in substance over style, the reality is most Americans in today's video-game, Internet culture cannot focus much on substance for more than a few seconds.

It's sad, but it is the truth.

Rightly or wrongly, this summarizes, in part, the success of Barack Obama. Yes, there was a clear media bias, but can you really blame them?

Compare Obama to his former rival John McCain. Take away the message and the substance and what are you left with?

By no means am I supporting Obama or the media or the Radical Power-Grabbing Socialist philosophy of the Commie Liberals in Congress.

However, I am applauding his campaign strategy and his staff and supporters for their use of modern technology as well as using the slobbering media to their political advantage.

However, as Conservatives -- and the Republican Party Leadership -- we must realize the reality of the world in which we live. Americans do respond to style and image. It's a tough pill to swallow, but something we Conservatives need to stomach if we wish to rise to power again.

As John Ziegler pointed out while he was slamming MS-NBC's Norah O'Donell, the line between entertainment and journalism, and between politics and entertainment are becoming less clear each day.

There are, in fact, many people in this country (some of my own friends and family) who "get their news" from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

And that's scary and yes, most of them are Liberals (no surprise).

It's also worth mentioning, again, that Tina Fey's satire of Sarah Palin became how many Americans perceived the Alaska Governor. Yes, it's wrong, unfortunate and disgusting, but it is the truth.

The Republican party and Conservatives are years behind the world of 21st Century era of information and technology. No, image isn't everything, but as a society we are becoming more image-conscious everyday.

The sooner Republicans learn this lesson, the more hope we have. Perhaps it's a necessary evil -- and we don't have to like it -- but it is reality.

Instead of bashing Liberals and the media and Leftwing blogs for celebrating style over substance, we need to learn we can use the same modern tactics for advancing our own agenda.

The full text of Gov. Jindal's speech:


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhospeech; gopresponse; jindal
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-112 next last

1 posted on 02/25/2009 6:43:09 PM PST by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: trying17

No.


2 posted on 02/25/2009 6:44:18 PM PST by Old Sarge ("Remember, remember, the Fourth of November, the Socialist treason and plot...")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I think he just needs seasoning.


3 posted on 02/25/2009 6:44:18 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Conservative firing squads always form a circle.


4 posted on 02/25/2009 6:44:45 PM PST by Kansas58
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #5 Removed by Moderator

To: trying17

The more criticism this early the better IMO. Palin and Jindal will work harder on delivery and be that much more ready for the challenges ahead.


6 posted on 02/25/2009 6:46:11 PM PST by HelloooClareece ("We make war that we may live in peace". Aristotle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Yes you are the first person evah to think Bobby Jindal disappointed. Congratulations.


7 posted on 02/25/2009 6:46:11 PM PST by exist
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kansas58

Criticism is constructive. Blind obedience is stupid.


8 posted on 02/25/2009 6:46:47 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I guess we’d better borrow Bambi’s bus so we start throwing people under it.

Seems some conservatives are never happy. I guess they have that in common with the Rats.


9 posted on 02/25/2009 6:47:31 PM PST by beandog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

His delivery was awful and it got in the way of his message. He was probably nervous as hell. It was hardly a huge deal. He was excellent on Hannity’s radio show today.

I did resent getting a lecture from Rush on this. I REALLY don’t think it’s too much to ask for someone to have the right message AND be able to deliver it at least without the delivery getting in the way of the message.


10 posted on 02/25/2009 6:47:50 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Perhaps some curry?

It's a joke! OK?

11 posted on 02/25/2009 6:49:36 PM PST by Huck (Don't vote! It only encourages them! Bye.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek
I'll take the heat fot this one ...

zero is an evil m*********** ... Jindle came out all flustered, almost (it seemed) wanting to be just like zero ... but he came off as Richard Pryor doing his white man bit.

Check it out ... it's Pryor doing his white man bit.

12 posted on 02/25/2009 6:49:54 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: trying17

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2194115/posts


13 posted on 02/25/2009 6:50:07 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Where every principled conservative belongs: http://aipnews.com/mxPage.asp?ID=3)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I really can’t stand it whenever both Republicans and conservatives don’t deservedly criticise their own whenever it’s truly necessary to do so. The GOP is already in deep trouble, just from the total number of RINOs who still exist from within the entire Republican Party, and this is in addition to what’s mentioned here.


14 posted on 02/25/2009 6:50:14 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17
Man I wish the GOP would have had this guy give the response. He probably would have wowed the Establishment Press. It was a stupid response speech buddy, not the Gettysburg Address.

Pray for America, Our Troops and Gov Jindal

15 posted on 02/25/2009 6:50:30 PM PST by bray (Welcome to the USSA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Old Sarge

Does anyone think he was actually good?


16 posted on 02/25/2009 6:51:11 PM PST by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Sadly, politics is nothing but a beauty pagent these days. Nobody even cares about the substance anymore.


17 posted on 02/25/2009 6:51:48 PM PST by oldvike
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17
Democrats respond to the cut of the suit, but not the man.

Although we actually will need to get some Democrats to vote or our guys to win the races they're in, we don't have to kow-tow to their sartorial sense.

We'd probably be well advised to find reasons for them to NOT VOTE AT ALL.

And "independents"? They're hopeless.

18 posted on 02/25/2009 6:52:27 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I guess conservatives are supposed to value style over substance now.

Too bad.


19 posted on 02/25/2009 6:53:03 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I am not willing to throw him out because of one speech. I posted this last night in his defense. You guys are nuts who demand total perfection every outing or YOU WRITE THEM OFF.
I don’t write off anybody like that. He is still a baby,he was nervous, he wasn’t set up right. Good learning experience for him.
Don’t forget what a wad bambi was when he started.


20 posted on 02/25/2009 6:53:25 PM PST by libbylu (Sarah - the light of the midnight sun)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

No, he was a disaster. If he is the *future* of the GOP, don’t count on much. You can’t fight a corrupt Chicago Communist political machine (with an agenda that they will go to any lengths to achieve), with some milquetoast that spends the first 5 minutes on his knees kissing the false Messiah’s half black as*.


21 posted on 02/25/2009 6:53:59 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

I think he just needs seasoning.
____________
maybe Sarah or Rudy can loan him some balls.


22 posted on 02/25/2009 6:54:43 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Ramius
Style and substance.

You gotta have both, like Reagan.

23 posted on 02/25/2009 6:56:25 PM PST by Yardstick
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe

geez...sounds like a hit a nerve with this post.

Look, I don’t think anyone, myself included, is attacking Bobby Jindal.

As I said, I like him and his policies. And I think he is going to be a force within the party.

It’s meant as constructive criticism of some things Republicans need to work on.

If we treat Conservative leaders as faultless and perfect and above critique than we are no better than the slobbering ObamaManiacs.


24 posted on 02/25/2009 6:57:41 PM PST by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe

25 posted on 02/25/2009 6:58:33 PM PST by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: trying17; Huck; All

Thanks for posting. I didn’t see it. FReeper responses BUMP! :)

Thanks to all.


26 posted on 02/25/2009 6:59:13 PM PST by PGalt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

We love Bobby! You wouldn’t happen to be a member of DU also would you?


27 posted on 02/25/2009 6:59:48 PM PST by texasredneck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: oldvike
I think he's got the Curse of the Sam Nunn.

Sure he's smart, can say the right things, reliably
conservative

but presidential Timber ? (presence ?) not so much. You
must have some charisma, it's part of the job, and an
important tool of the Bully Pulpit presidency.

I feel as though Ray Romano is whining his way into
Politics when Jindal Speaks.

28 posted on 02/25/2009 6:59:50 PM PST by Admiral_Ritt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: trying17
If we treat Conservative leaders as faultless and perfect and above critique than we are no better than the slobbering ObamaManiacs.

Exactly. No one attacked Jindal. We offered an opinion and pretty much everyone likes him. Mine is simply that he needs a few years experience before taking the wheel.
29 posted on 02/25/2009 7:00:10 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: HelloooClareece

Absolutely, they could get some professional help as I am sure that Ears did from all his Hollyweird friends.
I mean that positively for them. It is still early now and I have been impressed with Jindal in other interviews.
Choking one night is not the end of world.


30 posted on 02/25/2009 7:01:57 PM PST by mel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Republicans circling the wagons to stifle criticism of Jindal’s performance last night remind me of nothing so much as the fawning, sychophant press trying to make Michelle Obama into the second coming of Camelot.

Face it, he bombed. He doesn’t have the voice, the face or the delivery of a frontman. The content of the speech was lost in an ill advised, sappy attempt at being folksy.

Can he recover from it? I don’t know. Clinton did. But, for all his faults, Bill Clinton could never be accused of being a stiff, in front of a television camera at least.


31 posted on 02/25/2009 7:02:27 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: HelloooClareece

Jindal didn’t come across as presidential. Liked his message, but lacked any presence. 2012 is a long way, and he’ll learn from this experience. I wouldn’t worry about it too much.

I recall that Bill Clinton had a disasterous speech during a convention in front of a national audience. He still became president.

I’d like to see as many conservatives as possible echoing conservative principles. The more the merrier. Hopefully someone will catch fire by the time 2011 comes around.


32 posted on 02/25/2009 7:02:29 PM PST by foobarred (Disclaimer: I have a right to be stupid and wrong. Please don't legislate that right from me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: foobarred

http://conservativexpress.blogspot.com/2009/02/gov-bobby-jindhal-becomes-first-to.html

as I said, I like Gov. Jindal


33 posted on 02/25/2009 7:04:17 PM PST by trying17 (AKA DrGop0821)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Didn’t see BO and didn’t see Jindal’s response, but I don’t understand all this fuss.

Maybe he didn’t give a good response - oh well. I’ve heard him speak many other times. He’s intelligent, articulate, knows how to explain his conservative positions, doesn’t hyperventilate and back down, and he doesn’t need a teleprompter - I’m impressed with him FWIW.

One speech should not hurt him in the eyes of conservatives, but if FR is any indication, it sure has.


34 posted on 02/25/2009 7:04:54 PM PST by Heart of Georgia
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: perfect_rovian_storm

“I REALLY don’t think it’s too much to ask for someone to have the right message AND be able to deliver it at least without the delivery getting in the way of the message.”

-Hear. Hear. I mean it’s what they do for a living, full time and they are supposed to be professionals. If I performed that poorly, I wouldn’t have a job.


35 posted on 02/25/2009 7:05:22 PM PST by johnnycap
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Yardstick

Well, even Reagan made mistakes during his gubernatorial run. The 11th commandment save him. If Jindal is smart, and I think he is, he’ll learn from this and be a better candidate as a result.


36 posted on 02/25/2009 7:05:26 PM PST by foobarred (Disclaimer: I have a right to be stupid and wrong. Please don't legislate that right from me.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 23 | View Replies]

To: libbylu; All
I am not willing to throw him out because of one speech. I posted this last night in his defense. You guys are nuts who demand total perfection every outing or YOU WRITE THEM OFF. I don’t write off anybody like that. He is still a baby,he was nervous, he wasn’t set up right. Good learning experience for him. Don’t forget what a wad bambi was when he started.

Exactly. It was ONE SPEECH, people. I swear, I get so sick and tired of the whiny babies here on FR who want to piss and moan about the GOP, yet do nothing to try to restore it. Those folks can buzz off, AFAIAC.

37 posted on 02/25/2009 7:05:49 PM PST by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus (Jesus and the Apostles were Sola Scriptura)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: mojitojoe

I know I’ll get booed but how I wish Rudy had attacked Barry last night.


38 posted on 02/25/2009 7:08:20 PM PST by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: trying17

He’s a great conservative and is truly exceptional in discussing the issues. But I’ve got to be realistic too - the guy is low on charisma. Sorry if you don’t want to hear that.


39 posted on 02/25/2009 7:11:24 PM PST by pelican001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Liked what he had to say about refusing pork but think the GOP has become so politically correct as to be useless as tits on a boar (that is a male for you city people) hog.

His response was milk toast!


40 posted on 02/25/2009 7:12:17 PM PST by Sequoyah101 (Get the bats and light the hay)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

I still say his content was good but the poor audio and the quirky delivery didn’t come off as that memorable from a positive standpoint.


41 posted on 02/25/2009 7:12:19 PM PST by kempster
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: pelican001
Be very careful what you say, or your post will be gone, we have had some really good posts today, and zap they are no more. Seems if you don't like Obama you are not allowed to post on this site.
42 posted on 02/25/2009 7:13:45 PM PST by BooBoo1000 (Some times I wake up grumpy, other times I let her sleep/)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: foobarred
If Jindal is smart, and I think he is, he’ll learn from this and be a better candidate as a result.

I think the media will rue the day they decided to "destroy" Sarah Palin. She's going to be a real pro at handing the media in the future and the media will have only themselves to thank for it.
43 posted on 02/25/2009 7:14:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: kempster

It was not Jindal’s best moment last night, but he is the real thing and is the type of conservative we need more of in the Republican Party.

Bill Clinton’s 1988 speech at the Dem. Convention was actually booed and then 4 years later he was elected president.

It is a long time to 2012. I still think Bobby’s our best hope.


44 posted on 02/25/2009 7:15:47 PM PST by brandon craig
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: BooBoo1000

“Seems if you don’t like Obama you are not allowed to post on this site.”

I absolutely can’t stand that lying alien Obama, so I guess I’ll have to be zapped.


45 posted on 02/25/2009 7:15:54 PM PST by pelican001
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Kansas58
Conservative firing squads always form a circle.

There must be "stand up" Conservatives, in order to form a circle.
They've all been shut down, by themselves.

Jindal is the Ross Perot of Conservatism.

46 posted on 02/25/2009 7:17:13 PM PST by MaxMax (I'll welcome death when God calls me. Until then, the fight is on)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Miss Didi

I didn’t want Guiliani to be President, but there is no doubt in my mind that he would have taken Obama to the woodshed. That’s what was needed, in rebuttal to an attempted snow job on America, for socializing wide swathes of this country. It wasn’t a dress rehearsal, or a low risk introductory environment for a promising young governor.

Criticize Sarah Palin all you want for her perceived shortcomings one on one, but she would have excelled at this particular task, too.

But, Bobby Jindal didn’t.

That’s why the strong reaction.


47 posted on 02/25/2009 7:17:13 PM PST by RegulatorCountry
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: trying17

Your points are valid—but I put the blame on the RNC and its new chairman, Michael Steele.

Let’s see...we’ve known that Obama would address a joint session of Congress since before he took office. We also knew that someone from the GOP would be offering our response. Jindal was selected for that role several weeks ago, so it’s not like he was a last-second choice or replacement.

My point is simple: when you’ve got that much lead time, it’s incumbent to ensure that your speaker is ready. Obviously, Governor Jindal is not a neophyte on TV. But this was his first shot at delivering a major address to a national audience. But watching his performance, it was clear that no one had coached him on delivery techniques.

There is a certain art to reading a speech off a teleprompter, and Governor Jindal hasn’t mastered it yet. His sing-song delivery sounded like a recent graduate of the Columbia School of Broadcasting, trying to avoid a monotone at all costs. But that’s a problem that could have been easily addressed—had someone from the RNC simply watched Jindal’s practice sessions with a critical eye.

Call it a triumph of style over substance, but you can’t ignore the “theatrical” aspects. Great oratory is the fusion of ideas and delivery. Listen to Reagan or Churchill. You remember what was said (in large measure)because of how it was said.

The good news is that Governor Jindal has plenty of time to improve his skills. He has a first-rae mind and he genuinely believes in conservative ideals. All he needs is a little practice. Perhaps Mike Steele will postpone his efforts to “hip hop” the party, and find a coach who can work with Bobby Jindal.


48 posted on 02/25/2009 7:17:26 PM PST by ExNewsExSpook
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

As I said in another thread...

I was not upset or let down or disappointed at all.

Gov. Jindal was not speaking to me. He was speaking to the low IQ, lazy arsed, semi-thinking Obama voters.

Gov. Jindal is just fine. He is young and needs polishing, but he will do just fine. We have two years to fine tune him.


49 posted on 02/25/2009 7:18:43 PM PST by KarenMarie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: trying17

BALONEY.....Go READ what Jindal said....forget the Video Picture and the backdrop, and the style.

Jindal didn’t have APPLAUSE for 1 hour in the Video. BHO was an empty suit in a full blown TV production.

Are we becoming a Pop Rock Britney Spears, acadamy awards presentation, red carpet America ? Do we have to be entertained before we listen ? Or can we listen to someone in Louisiana, 1400 miles away and allow for differences in style, in culture, in speech patterns . . . while Enjoying the substantive discourse of meaninful conversation about complex subjects, without looking down the clevage of Paris Hilton wanting to be entertained, while missing out “totally’ on being intelectually engaged ?
You Misunderestimated Jindal.


50 posted on 02/25/2009 7:19:01 PM PST by 4Speed
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-112 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Bloggers & Personal
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson