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Paul Ryan/Matthew Morrison

JESSICA BADER: If the opposition party’s official response to the State of the Union address is memorable, that is usually not a good thing for the politician who delivered that response. Just ask Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana and onetime rising star of the Republican Party. Tapped to respond to Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress two years ago, Jindal’s speech is remembered for an ill-advised remark about volcano monitoring (which would end up looking even worse when a volcano erupted not long after the speech) and for his uncanny resemblance to Jack McBrayer’s Kenneth the Page character on 30 Rock. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who chairs the House Budget Committee, steered clear of mocking efforts to manage natural disasters in his response to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, but he couldn’t escape the resembling-a-TV-character trap.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Paul Ryan’s resemblance to Matthew Morrison is both unsurprising and apt. Both have been greatly overhyped in comparison to the substance of what they provide-in Morrison’s case, the sophomoric Glee, in Ryan’s case, a budget guru whose basic math doesn’t add up. Continue reading

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Palin/Romney: Who Is Winning?

HOWARD MEGDAL: The 2012 primaries are a long way off, but by any measure, Sarah Palin is the favorite right now to be the GOP standard-bearer in the next presidential election. GOP strategist Phil Musser, among many others, have come to this conclusion. I have felt this way since the fall of 2008, and nothing that has taken place since then has changed my mind.

CHRIS PUMMER: Mitt Romney has the steadiest political hands that will try to reach for the 2012 Republican nomination, which is why he’ll be the likely winner. Continue reading

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Bobby Jindal: YouTube Casualty OR His Way Forward

AKIE BERMISS: If you had the great pleasure of being conscious and near a television or radio Tuesday night then you were probably able to watch Barack Obama’s triumphant non-State of the Union address to Congress and the American people. If you’re a Democrat or Obama-supporter then you are probably still thrumming with excitement over the President’s inspiring words. It was, truly, a great speech. And it may very well live on to be a seminal moment in American politics. The night President Obama stood up and said: This has got to change.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Look, no one was more amused than I was by Bobby Jindal’s performance on Tuesday night. But much as I’d like to agree with Akie that Bobby Jindal has disqualified himself forever, I’m afraid I just don’t think it’s true.

Akie is right that Jindal has a huge message problem-but not his Kenneth the Page delivery, so obviously an affect that it will be easy for Jindal to shed it in future appearances. Just take a look at this appearance Bobby Jindal made before the NRA- obviously, the man is capable of far better than his Obama response. Continue reading

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Volcanoes: Progressive OR Free-Market View

Volcano monitoring teaches us about volcanoes, and ourselves.


The idea that volcano monitoring is wasteful spending is ludicrous. This statement, made by Governor Bobby Jindal after the President’s…

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