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Kathleen Parker on Jindal

By Brandon - Posted on 01 March 2009

Interesting column about Bobby Jindal by conservative Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker:

She even thinks that it is too bad Jindal and Obama aren't on the same team.

Probably best for most at RFO not to read the comments from readers of the column.  If you do, you should know that there has been a big effort by some to delete Kathleen Parker from Townhall's column roster. She was very critical of Palin and is somewhat of a Republican For Obama and Townhall's readers are traditionally very conservative.

I feel for Mrs. Parker-- if memory serves, she had to flee from National Review because there were no sensible minds left there after WFB Jr. died.

That, and she essentially said Palin was an idiot.


It's sad that we've reached a point where 'government service' is a dirty word... If we're the greatest country on earth, maybe we can have the greatest government.

Lewis Black

Wow. That was a good article but some of those comments were fugly. 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

Ellen of OH had one of the few sensible posts on there. She wrote:

"Kathleen, I agree!
You're right, Kathleen. I'm not a Republican (or a Conservative for that matter) but I've seen Jindal on TV interviews in the past and been very impressed with his intelligence and his ability to look at things in different ways. Tuesday night his canned speech was uninspiring to say the least. His delivery style reminded me of Bob Serpentini a local Cleveland area Chevy dealer who does his own very amateurish TV commercials.

Gov. Jindal was right when he was talking about Hurricane Katrina. In times of emergency, it's our duty and moral responsibility to help our neighbors to keep them from drowning. But we also need the resources of the Federal Government to fix and maintain the levees so it doesn't happen again.

Some of the people who write on this post seem to be mired in their ideology. "Conservatism" seems to be above all else. This seems to have become a kind of quasi-religion. People who disagree are dismissed as "idiots, fascists, communists, kool-aid drinkers, America-haters" and other mean-spirited names not suitable for printing. We are all Americans who care deeply about our country and our world. We need to listen to each other with a respectful ear and not fear the ideas of others. We can learn a lot from each other. I know. That's why I read TownHall (along with the New York Times)."
And right below Kathleen, John of VA post explains why people supported Palin even though she was obviously not qualified and why they listen to Rush even though there is no sense in anything the man utters. John wrote:
"I Have to Like this JIndal
Since Parker and other lib responders dislike his new image, it is a sure sign of fear. No need to investigate further. Welcome GOV Jindal!"

Everyone is doing the Bill Clinton comparison..i.e Bill's speech was badly received at the time....the difference this time however is the force of the internet more precisely YouTube.....the Jindal/Kenneth the Page connection is talking a life of its own....


 I will not throw the first punch but I wil certainly throw the last.....President Barack Obama.

Jindal can bounce back. Parker is right. Her criticisms were dead on as were her pronouncements that he underperformed in the response.

That same internet that will immortalize  this speech will immortalize everyone else's speeches good and bad.  He will get more speaking opportunities and the tubers will be ready.  If he  presents himself as well as he can on a few occasions (The 60 Minutes Interview tonight was VERY helpful to his image),  he should be ok.

I don't like his politics at all, but he is a quality person (i.e., intelligent, capable, seemingly wanting to help the country rather than feed his own ego), and the more of them in the mix the better.  If he does nothing more than suck air time away from Joe the Whatever and Palin, he is a net plus.

I really enjoyed this article.  It confirmed everything that I've said about Jindal here.  Mrs. Parker just stated it more clearly and objectively. 

The comments were awful...mostly ditto-heads, I assume. 

Heh -- reading the article I figured that Parker was channeling you, Suzi! 

"For those who plan with audacity and execute with vigor,
progress is the magnificent by product." 

LOL...somehow the words became better for the channeling.  Of course, if someone paid me to write my thoughts, I would take the time to make them more palatable.  ;-)

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