Posted by: mutantpoodle | February 24, 2009

Note to the GOP: Use the old playbook…

ap_obama_36_090224_mn…and you will lose.

Is it just me, or is Obama the great vaccinator? He certainly has a genius for painting his opposition into a small and uncomfortable corner, and pre-empting the attacks that he knows are coming.

Oh, and as I listen to Bobby Jindal, um, LIE about the stimulus plan (there’s no earmark for a high speed rail line from Vegas to Disneyland), it is clear to me that he doesn’t get it either.

I do, however, like this tidbit:

Taking advantage of his moment in the national spotlight, Jindal publicized a Web link Tuesday allowing respondents to receive early excerpts of his planned televised response, and to donate to his political organization. Jindal also collected their e-mail and postal addresses, which could prove handy in a presidential race.

Some new ideas would be even more handy.

UPDATE: David Brooks was, um, unimpressed:

JIM LEHRER: Now that, of course, was Gov. Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, making the Republican response. David, how well do you think he did?

DAVID BROOKS: Uh, not so well. You know, I think Bobby Jindal is a very promising politician, and I oppose the stimulus because I thought it was poorly drafted. But to come up at this moment in history with a stale “government is the problem,” “we can’t trust the federal government” – it’s just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic right now. They may not like the way the Democrats have passed the stimulus bill, but that idea that we’re just gonna – that government is going to have no role, the federal government has no role in this, that – In a moment when only the federal government is actually big enough to do stuff, to just ignore all that and just say “government is the problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending,” it’s just a form of nihilism. It’s just not where the country is, it’s not where the future of the country is. There’s an intra-Republican debate. Some people say the Republican Party lost its way because they got too moderate. Some people say they got too weird or too conservative. He thinks they got too moderate, and so he’s making that case. I think it’s insane, and I just think it’s a disaster for the party. I just think it’s unfortunate right now.

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