Sunday, June 15, 2008

Jindal Faces The Nation, Takes Softballs from Minor League Pitcher

Chip Reid filled in for Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation and asked some questions of little substance to LA Governor Bobby Jindal, who seems to be on the short list for potential McCain VPs.

Here were the questions:

1. Thank you for being here. Now, let me start off with kind of a "who are you" question. You're 37 years on--old, you have literally burst onto the scene recently. Rush Limbaugh says you're the next Ronald Reagan. Other Republicans say you are the future of the Republican Party. Why all this adoration? Why are Republicans so enamored with you at such a young age?

2. Now, I know you've been asked this question many times, the running mate question about John McCain. And you have said you love your job, you've got a lot of work to do, you don't think McCain's going to ask you, anyway. But what if he does? What if he decides that you're the person he needs? Would you turn it down?

3. Some Republicans have called you the Republican Obama. You're a gifted orator, Ivy League, you're young, you're a reformer, Rhodes Scholar. Even Obama wasn't a Rhodes Scholar. Do you like the comparison? I know you've said you don't like identity politics. Do you find it offensive in any way?

4. Well, in theory. But there are a lot of people who believe Obama's race will be an issue in this campaign, for good or for bad. Do you agree that it will be an issue of some sort with some people?

5. You have said the Republican Party has, quote, "Lost its way." Why do you believe John McCain--how have they lost their way, and why do you believe John McCain's the guy to bring them out of the woods?

6. Let me make a sharp turn here to a different issue, an issue that has raised some
controversy. Now, you were a biology major in college. I think you had a double major. But you were a biology major, and you support the teaching of intelligent design in schools. Do you have doubts about the theory of evolution?

7. But how about you personally? Where do you stand personally on the issue?

8. OK. Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, described in Republican circles as a Republican superstar, one of the Republicans of the future. Thank you very much, Governor, for joining us.

So just to recap, Governor Jindal sat down in a chair and was asked by a serious journalist the following:

1. Why do people like you so much?

2. Would you consider being McCain's VP?

3. Are you okay with being liked so much?

4. Is race an issue?

5. Would you like to say something nice about John McCain?

6. How do you feel about evolution?

7. How do you feel about evolution?

8. You're a man of the future, thanks for coming.

So no, Governor Jindal was not asked about whether or not he believes he has exorcised evil demons in his past. He wasn't asked about the economy. He wasn't asked about his toothless ethics reform agenda. He wasn't asked about Katrina. He wasn't asked about the war in Iraq. He wasn't asked about gas prices.

But Jindal was given two cracks at softening his views on evolution.

I'm elated he was because I know that one of the biggest challenges facing this nation over the next eight years could be an apocalyptic judgment from Jesus Christ wherein the final destination of our entire population hinges on our Vice President's ability to eloquently describe his views on evolution.

I feel much safer now.


One thing that Mr. Jindal did say was interesting. In explaining his views on evolution, Jindal seemingly endorsed my calls for the dissolution of the Recovery School District and the restoration of local control of Orleans Parish public schools:

One, I don't think this is something the federal or state government should be imposing its views on local school districts. You know, as a conservative I think government that's closest to the people governs best. I think local school boards should be in a position of deciding the curricula and also deciding what students should be learning.

So it will be interesting to see how Governor Jindal responds to local criticisms of the RSD master plan whenever it is released or to potential bills from the legislature that return individual schools or groups of schools back to the Orleans Parish School Board.

1 comment:

Leigh C. said...

Ohhh, Lordy. Schieffer wasn't there? Softball city was a GIVEN, then.

And that is intriguing what PBJ said about the RSD. And vouchers are supposed to give that local control back? Soft-fucking-ball.