Deconstructing the Jindal speech and subsequent media damage control attempts

March 6, 2009

The fallout from Gov. Bobby Jindal’s abysmal speech opposing President Obama’s economic stimulus plan is well documented. But Lanny Keller’s Inside Report column from today’s Advocate is required reading for its analysis of two related issues: Republicans’ continued state of denial over the lack of substance in Jindal’s speech – and how Jindal’s subsequent attempts at media damage control aren’t helping matters.

Highlights, beginning with Gene Mills’ defense of Jindal:

“Despite having no audience and no applause lines, this young, dynamic conservative who champions individual freedom and small businesses over big government gave Americans around the country a refreshingly different perspective on governance last night,” added Gene Mills of the Louisiana Family Forum, a conservative Christian group.

Isn’t there something in the Bible about bearing false witness, even if in behalf of one’s own political party? …

After [60 Minutes’] Morley Safer, the Jindal team turned to another soft interview program, “Larry King Live.” And even there, the governor’s instinct for dodging a straight answer made King look like the Grand Inquisitor.

Jindal had no answer to the obvious question: Do you agree with Rush Limbaugh? The flamboyant talk-show host said, in a much-quoted speech, that he hoped for the failure of the Obama administration.

Jindal praised Limbaugh as a “great leader” for conservatives. The governor could not bring himself to disavow the unpatriotic statements by a reactionary blowhard.

Read the whole column here.

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