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Jindal: From Rising Star to Black Hole

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

LNW_Jindal_responseWhile “disastrous” was among the more charitable descriptions of Bobby Jindal’s performance Tuesday night, we would like to thank him for mounting so ineffectual a response to President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress. (The joke in the White House press room is that Jindal has gone from being a rising star to a black hole.) We take no pleasure in the derision—laughter at a governor who has made a fool of himself on national television only makes our state look bad—but we’re glad that he put up no serious resistance to the persuasiveness of Obama’s progressive agenda. Jindal has done us the favor of leaving his party even more leaderless and dispirited. His faux-optimistic speech, titled “Americans Can Do Anything,” was clearly written before the G.O.P. knew what Obama would say; they were expecting a gloomy assessment of the economy without an equal measure of confidence that the nation can rebuild and come back stronger than before.

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Louisiana Adds to ‘Obamomentum’

Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama works the rope line at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond,  Va., Sat., Feb. 9, the night he won the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Washington,  Nebraska, and the Virgin Islands. Photo by Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.

Sen. Barack Obama works the rope line at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, Va., Sat., Feb. 9, the night he won the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Washington, Nebraska, and the Virgin Islands. Photo by Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times.

Obama Beats Clinton in Three-State Sweep
New York Times, Feb. 10, 2008

This is the kind of surge we like. After winning the Louisiana primary and caucuses in Washington state, Nebraska, and the Virgin Islands, Obama gave a strong, confident speech at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Richmond, sharpening the distinctions between himself and Hillary Clinton and asserting his strengths as a general election candidate over John McCain. The so-called GOP front-runner, who seems not to have won anywhere on Saturday, was Obama’s principal target.

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