Image via WikipediaThe media widely reported that Gov. Jindal, whose real first name is Piyush, was auditioning for his expected 2012 presidential campaign when he gave the Republican response to Obama's first address before Congress. His appearance was widely regarded as a disaster by all but the most extreme wing of the Republican Party. And yet, I do not believe it will be sufficient to disqualify him. After all, there are plenty of Americans who still support Gov. Palin in 2012 even after seeing her interview with Katie Couric! Those of us who would rather not have an exorcism-performing creationist who thinks that Catholicism is the only true form of Christianity as our president might want to keep an eye on Jindal.
After Negligible Knowledge Base linked to a New York Times article about right-wing windbag, Rush Limbaugh, I read the article with interest. Jindal was mentioned briefly, and I found that part worth quoting here:
Limbaugh played his role, ever the fool. A brave Republican could have challenged him, could have had a “have you no shame” moment with him, giving the party some other identity, some spine. Instead, they caved — from Steele, to the leaders in the House, Eric Cantor and Mike Pence, to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who would be ridiculed by Limbaugh for his real first name, Piyush, were he a Democrat.Isn't that a fascinating commentary on the current state of U.S. politics? Limbaugh would not hesitate to go after Jindal if he were using his real name as a Democrat, but as long as he keeps calling himself "Bobby" and continues to peddle anti-science nonsense, he's okay with the head of the Republican Party.
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