Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal fails again on a big stage

February 25, 2014 

When last Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took to the national stage, he bombed. Following some ill-tempered remarks Monday as he stood outside the White House, Jindal has done it, or not done it, again.

In 2009, Jindal was chosen to give the Republican response to the State of the Union address. It was not an enviable position to be sure, given President Obama’s gift for oratory, and indeed the president had made a splendid address.

But Jindal’s response was mostly partisan rhetoric, full of shallow and nonsensical logic. His speech was so bad, in fact, that some GOP observers felt the one-time presidential contender had taken himself out of any possibility for national office.

At least Jindal’s speech then was partisan and contentious by design. His unnecessary remarks Monday after governors conferred with President Obama in a cordial meeting were embarrassing.

Standing outside the White House, he managed to shock some of his fellow governors by blasting the president, saying Obama “seems to be waving the white flag of surrender” on the economy because the president is focused on hiking the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. “The Obama economy is the minimum wage economy,” Jindal said.

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut called Jindal’s comments “insane” and noted that the meeting had been “cooperative.” Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina also was fairly positive about the meeting.

Jindal’s comments also were outside protocol. Harsh partisanship is usually put on hold until people clear the White House grounds. Jindal has again shown one reason he’ll never have to worry about that from the position of occupying the Oval Office.

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