I will admit that after following the ’08 election obsessively for two plus years, a large part of me is burned out on politics. That being said, I managed to watch President Obama’s address last night, but turned off the television for Gov. Bobby Jindal’s response. Apparently, I missed the most interesting part of the evening. And by interesting, I mean insane.
The liberal and conservative blogs were atwitter this morning discussing how bad Jindal was. The common theme seemed to be comparisons to Kenneth the page on NBC’s 30 Rock. Well, I do love me a good train wreck, so I watched. OH.MY.GOD. If you have not seen it, watch and be amazed by the awkward delivery, the inept arguments and the general crazy. The Katrina section is especially brutal.
Let me say this with the utmost honesty: the Republican party’s descent into ultra-conservatism in the wake of their defeat in the past two election cycles and their posturing response to the stimulus package has me concerned. Contrary to what many people think, I do not revel in the GOP’s absolute disarry at the moment. While my politics are decided liberal, I personally do not think a two-party system in which one of the parties is a big, hot-mess of dissension and anger is the way to go. To me, a strong Republican party means a strong Democratic party and vice versa. They serve to keep each other honest and transparent.
In any case, I will leave the more nuanced analysis to David Brooks, conservative writer at the New York Times. If you have four minutes, I highly recommend you watch. It’s nice to hear a moderate voice in the the conservative wilderness.