Thursday, February 26, 2009

Republicans Don't Want The Real Bobby Jindal

I have just figured out why "Bobby" Jindal can't rise in the Republican Party, no matter how much they need him. Two quotes early in his response speech on Tuesday say it all. Quote 1:

Good evening. I’m Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana.
Strictly speaking, he is Piyush Jindal. Bobby is his Americanized name, much like Barack Obama's American name is Barry. Obama didn't feel the need to run on "Barry" though. And we elected him anyway, even though his middle name is even worse. Quote 2:
Like the President’s father, my parents came to this country from a distant land.
Did that line strike you as a little, I dunno, fairy-taleish? Why not say, "...came to this country from India?" Because he worried that Republicans would be freaked out by that, especially after they spent the campaign whipping up xenophobia to defeat the half-Kenyan. So Piyush was forced to use the awkward "distant land" phrase instead. Which is unfortunate because it made him sound like he was pitching the whole speech to 5-year-olds.

It looks to me like the RNC is trying to sell Bobby Jindal as Barack Obama lite, which is a shame because he is perfectly marketable to Americans as full-bodied Piyush Jindal.

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