I just got home from Midnight Hardball -- yes, it keeps the kids off the streets -- and I'm watching Bobby Jindal's "rebuttal" to Barack Obama's stunning faux-SOTU tonight for a second time (I wrote about it all here.)
Still, I think you get a few things upon a second hearing, painful as it is. Mainly, I get that Jindal was the perfect person to deliver this speech. He's a very accurate representation of how bankrupt the GOP is right now, when it comes to ideas as well as leadership. Let's be honest, this is the GOP version of affirmative action: Find someone the right shade of brown to deliver the same old tired message (see also: Michael Steele), don't think about changing the message.
But Jindal is making no sense: He's lying about Obama's plans (there will be no government-run health care) and his Katrina stories are the perfect symbolism for the current GOP: They'll rescue wealthy bankers from oblivion, but leave low-income black people on roofs. Also, Politico caught it first, to my knowledge: The sheriff Jindal lionized in his speech, Harry Lee, is most famous for gruesome racial profiling during his tenure as Jefferson Parish's top cop. His Wikipedia page has all the details. (Note: thanks to lpsrocks for reminding me it's Parish, not County -- I was reading Dave Cullen's awesome "Columbine" and have Jefferson County on the brain!)
First time around, I thought Jindal was an awful choice, but now I think he was a great choice: He's the right figurehead for a party that is refusing to understand the substance of Obama's victory, the mandate for fair, vigorous goverment, and seeing only the symbolism.
Oh, and on symbolism: I still find it thrilling to see Obama in charge, and everything that means, and I loved seeing him embrace Hillary Clinton, she of the dazzling hot pink jacket. All the trolls who insisted Clinton was destroying Obama and the party, where are they now?