Thursday, February 26, 2009

On the Jindal Speech

For the record, I may be alone in the liberal wilderness here, but I have no problem with the style and tone of Louisiana's Gov. Bobby Jindal's folksy, populist rebuttal to the president's speech on the economy from earlier this week. It's the substance of it--and the shout out to a race-profiling sheriff--that I object to. The speech itself, with disingenuous statements and blatant hypocrisy as the key components of its framework, is what we need to be concentrating on, not unfunny similarities to fictional characters. Weak, people. Weak.

And quite frankly, the widespread comparisons to the "Kenneth the Page" from 30 Rock seemed a lot more lame and mean-spirited than funny or accurate. Reminded me of the kind of half-assed humor we're always chiding conservatives about. We need to check ourselves, as the kids like to say.

If we're gonna go the fictional character route, then let me quote US president Andrew Shepherd:

"This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up."

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