Congratulations Bobby Jindal, you entered the 2012 presidential campaign just in the nick of time.
The Swine of the Week pitched his first stump speech to Americans in the Republican response to President Obama’s address to Congress on Tuesday. The 37-year-old, who has already campaigned Iowa, talked about himself when no one cares. (Close circuit to the Louisiana Governor: We can hear about your Indian heritage in, say, three years. The country just picked Obama, you need to shut it, stay in your state and spend the stimulus.)
When in Iowa in November he said, “Americans need a break from politics, but more importantly, ‘it is time for us to work together on solutions.’ And, he said that means it’s time to get behind the newly elected Congress and president-elect Barack Obama to overcome the country’s ‘substantial challenges.’ ”
He said that as he campaigned!
Then on TV Tuesday he gave a sneak peak to a future anecdote he will undoubtedly spin to Iowans, “During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office, I’d never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: ‘Well, I’m the Sheriff and if you don’t like it you can come and arrest me!’ I asked him: ‘Sheriff, what’s got you so mad?’ He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the floodwaters. The boats were all lined up ready to go, when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn’t go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, ‘Sheriff, that’s ridiculous.’ And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: ‘Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!’ Harry just tol the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and go start rescuing people.”
What a maverick against big liberal government! He went on and on in the speech about “empowering you, the American people.” Then, out the other side of his mouth, he championed business tax cuts and national defense.
Sure, Republicans can’t put another crotchety white-haired guy in front of the camera, but Jindal’s speech was a premature stunt.