We've not heard Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal speak before. So, we were taken aback last night when some unknown at MSNBC muttered, "Oh, god," as he swept down the hall of that mansion to deliver the Republican response to Barack Obama's address to Congress.
The Huffington Post says, "Honestly, it would be about fifteen whole seconds before that reaction was really appropriate." No, more like five. "Amateurish" and "laughable"? That's wa-a-ay overly kind.
We thought it was puerile, fatuous, and insulting to everyone over the age of five. Or, as Gawker puts it, Jindal "sounded creepily like a monologue from , 's bewildered hillbilly."
Worse, as John Amato points out, he didn't have straight even the few facts he sing-songed. There is no "levitating train" in the Obama administration's stimulus bill. Jindal came across, as Digby says, like "a hypocritical, lying jackass."
A single really wretched speech doesn't necessarily doom a politician, one supposes in this era of short attention spans. But with that crooked smile of a used car salesman, moronic delivery style, and fantastical supposed facts, Bobby Jindal now joins the very exclusive club of people who can make Sarah Palin look smart by comparison.