In this image made from video, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers from Baton Rouge, La. the Republican Party's official response to President Barack Obama's address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/APTN Pool)
This is the GOP's best hope? Haw. Obama had to do a good job last night, and he did, so poor Bobby Jindal had to be great, and... well, even the Fox News people, the people paid to say he was great, were underwhelmed. Jindal began with a mealy-mouthed, patronizing and perfunctory "first African American, etc." statement, continued with, basically, a campaign speech about himself and his family which came across as being cribbed wholesale from Obama's own campaign stump speeches, and then... well, and then it was blah blah blah tax cuts blah blah blah. All of this was delivered in an unrehearsed-sounding, breathless pitter-patter. Who knew it was possible to sound sing-songy and droney at the same time?
Sarah Palin must have loved it.
EDIT: I was listening to "Garden" by the Fall this morning, and the line "See what flows from his mushy pen" jumped out at me as a perfect description of Jindal's speech. I also changed the title of this post to another line from the song. Perverted by language, indeed.