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What Happens When You Cave To Republicans

Hey, Democrats and President Obama: remember when you caved to Republicans on those Louisiana sand berms? Yeah that was so funny. Hilarious!

What did we get for it? Nothing!

(AP) NEW ORLEANS – The big set of sand barriers erected by Louisiana’s governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf oil spill was criticized by a presidential commission Thursday as a colossal, $200 million waste of BP’s money so far.

Precious little oil ever washed up on the berms, according to the commission — a finding corroborated by a log of oil sightings and other government documents obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request.

Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered the berms built over the objections of scientists and federal agencies — and secured money from BP to do it — out of frustration over what he saw as inaction by the Obama administration. During the crisis, Jindal boasted that the sand walls were stopping oil from coming ashore, and the idea proved popular in Louisiana.

Actually, we wasted $360 million, destroyed the environment, and diverted funds from other, more effective measures to protect Louisiana’s coastline. But no fear: Jindal’s campaign contributors got taken care of:

The berm project has been a boon to Louisiana industry: although many of the dredging companies working on the project have out-of-state headquarters, all have a major presence in Louisiana. The Shaw Group, the lead contractor on the project, is based in Baton Rouge and has been one of Mr. Jindal’s leading campaign contributors over the years.

All together now, children: Nobody could have anticipated that!

So just to recap: we have the Republican governor and his Greek chorus of equally ambitious GOP partisans using the oil spill to portray the Obama Administration as inept in a crisis. They demand the construction of a massive multimillion-dollar project which scientists and engineers say won’t work, and use the media to complain that the big bad government is “dithering,” while never addressing any of the factual concerns experts raise about the project. The Obama Administration predictably caves out of fear of bad PR, and six months later we find the experts were right, and Bobby Jindal’s project is a massive, expensive FAIL.

As the final cherry on top of a giant pie of suckitude, we have Jindal whining about “partisan revisionist history at taxpayer expense,” government bureaucracies, and how his own failure proves the need for smaller government. WTF?

This is what happens when you cave to Republicans. You end up wasting massive amounts of money, you don’t fix the problem, and the assholes say mean things about you anyway. The only winners are the GOP moneybags who rake in the government contracts.

Lesson learned? Don’t listen to this maroon:

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>The Future Is Here & Its Name Is Bobby Jindal

>No, not really. But David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network thinks so. He’s got a man-crush and its name is Bobby Jindal:

Bobby Jindal is going to be a star. Correct that. He is a star already. His star turn came tonight when the Lousiiana [sic] Governor gave the Republican response to President Obama’s speech tonight. Can anybody say 2012?

Can you? Can you feel the Jindal-mentum? Huh? CAN YOU? I’M TALKING TO YOU!

It gets better:

In Jindal, the GOP has a new fresh face who is ridiculously bright, very convincing and folksy. He’s a little bit of everything. You see it’s all about how you package it. It’s all about how you are defined as a candidate. Jindal has the advantage of being a guy who has huge upside in the way he’s defined. By being a different sort of looking Republican, he has a built in advantage already in a party looking to redefine itself. It molds perfectly together.

Whoa there, cowboy. What do you mean by “different sort of looking Republican”? You mean … not white? Or just … a really goofy grin and big ears?

I’m thinking he means “not white.” But as I said before, if the Republican Party wants to redefine itself, it will need to do more than change the color of the person talking. They need to put to rest their tired old “government is the problem not the solution” script. And based on Jindal’s performance last night, that doesn’t seem to be happening.

Meanwhile, the free hand of the market doesn’t think Jindal 2012 is a good investment after last night’s speech.

Ooops.

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>Jindal’s Speech Bombed

>[UPDATE]:

Sean Braisted has posted this video clip from David Brooks. He calls Jindal’s speech “insane” and “a disaster for the Republican Party.” And that was when he was being nice.

Oh, dear.

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Near as I can tell, we are all in agreement that Bobby Jindal’s “response” to Barack Obama’s speech last night was a big dud.

From conservative commentators at Fox News :

BRIT HUME: “The speech read a lot better than it sounded. This was not Bobby Jindal’s greatest oratorical moment.”

NINA EASTON: “The delivery was not exactly terrific.”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: “Jindal didn’t have a chance. He follows Obama, who in making speeches, is in a league of his own. He’s in a Reagan-esque league. … [Jindal] tried the best he could.”

JUAN WILLIAMS: “It came off as amateurish, and even the tempo in which he spoke was sing-songy. He was telling stories that seemed very simplistic and almost childish.”

Our own Six Meat Buffet:

(walk on stage like there’s a stick up his ass but that he doesn’t mind it so much)

Opening line:  “What an amazing thing we watched!  A black guy.  Goshdarnit, that’s terrific!  Let’s all give ourselves a hand!

*smattering of disjointed applause*

I am also like Barack Obama!

(insert standard boilerplate Republican pap about Washington not being the answer and trusting people to think for themselves)

Ouch. And that’s from the conservatives.

I did think Jindal spoke like he was reading to a kindergarten class. I found it very bizarre that he would tell the story of how he came to America as an anchor baby as a “pre-existing condition,” a neat reminder to us all that America’s insurance-based healthcare sucks.

And then to point to a Republican president’s botched Katrina response as an example of how government doesn’t work was, well, surreal. Hey, Governor: you could have thrown in there our botched hunt for Osama bin Laden, our botched Iraq invasion and rebuilding effort, our botched oversight of the mortgage industry, last year’s botched “economic stimulus” where everyone got a check and promptly socked it away under their mattresses.

What do all of these things have in common?

Oh yeah, they were the grand ideas of your party. Heh.

I’d say if Jindal is the GOPs great hope for 2012 the party is in deeper shit than even they imagined. In fact, Jindal has been targeted from inside his own party:

I’m surprised that a few comments on my post about Bobby Jindal as the new face of Christian conservatism allege that he’s got ancestral Muslim roots, in addition to the acknowledged Hinduism of his Indian born parents. Remind you of any other recent rumor campaigns against promising young minority politicians?

What’s surprising is that some of the comments appear to be from pro-Sarah Palin conservatives. They’re a likely preview of what a Jindal primary faceoff with Palin or another Christian conservative might look like, with both vying for conservative Christian support.

It’s Palin v. Jindal, folks! Get yer tickets and grab the popcorn!

Anyone surprised by this has clearly forgotten the racists who supported Sarah Palin during the presidential campaign. You think they’re going to rally behind someone like Bobby Jindal? Get real.

The GOP can throw all of the brown faces out there it wants. That doesn’t change the fact that there’s a huge racist faction within the Republican Party. Until they acknowledge it and deal with it, it won’t be going away.

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>Bobby Jindal? Really?

>When I read that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is supposedly McCain’s top VP pick, I just want to say:

Really? Pretty please? Can we have Bobby Jindal as McCain’s running mate? Because having Jindal on the ticket would effectively nullify virtually every single argument the right has made against Barack Obama. As much as Fox News is trying to smear Obama as “foreign, suspicious, and scary,” you have to wonder how Jindal couldn’t be all those things, too.

Read Jindal’s Wikipedia bio and then tell me I’m not right.

They say Obama is too young and inexperienced; Jindal is even younger and even less experienced! He’s just 37 years old (to Obama’s 47). He served just four years as a Congressman, and is in his first year as governor of Louisiana. Obama had 7 years in the Illinois state legislature, and has been a U.S. Senator for the past three. That’s 10 years of experience to Jindal’s five.

The right has tried to smear Obama as a “secret Muslim,” but Jindal was an actual practicing Hindu until converting to Catholicism in high school. His parents are Hindu! Not that I have a problem with that, mind you; but the righties sure seem to, or they wouldn’t keep bringing up Obama’s non-existent “Muslim background.”

Meanwhile, the righties love to bring up Obama’s scary black pastor. But Jindal participated in an honest-to-God exorcism, which he claims cured a woman’s cancer. I mean, that’s just freaky!

And that’s just looking at the superficialities, which is all the media seems to concern itself with, anyway.

Yesterday, anti-government wackadoodle Grover Norquist called Obama “John Kerry with a tan”. Hey Grover–check out Jindal! He’s even darker-skinned than Obama! Again, I don’t have a problem with it, but those conservatives who keep throwing Obama’s race out like it’s a negative should. I mean, if that’s their reason for saying Obama can’t be president, surely it’s a reason Jindal shouldn’t be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office, right? Unless it’s just another case of IOKIYAR, of course. Nah, they’d never do that.

Plus, Jindal is funny looking. He is, look at him!

You know, McCain is pretty dang old, and you can tell this campaign has been hard on him. He’s aged visibly during this campaign, and I really question his physical fitness to fulfill the duties of President. His health is an issue, I don’t care how many times he trots his poor aging mother before the television cameras. You can just look at him and see it. So, a Jindal as Veep could matter.

But if all of Obama’s supposed negatives are a positive in Jindal, doesn’t that just show how phony and shallow all of the arguments against a President Obama really are? Doesn’t that just prove that the only problem they have with Obama is that he’s a Democrat? That it’s all just partisan hackery? Sure it does.

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