This rebuttal speech from Tuesday night is turning out to be a goldmine for the likes of me. You may recall this anecdote:
During Katrina, I visited Sheriff Harry Lee, a Democrat and a good friend of mine. When I walked into his makeshift office I'd never seen him so angry. He was yelling into the phone: 'Well, I'm the Sheriff and if you don't like it you can come and arrest me!' I asked him: 'Sheriff, what's got you so mad?' He told me that he had put out a call for volunteers to come with their boats to rescue people who were trapped on their rooftops by the flood waters. The boats were all lined up ready to go - when some bureaucrat showed up and told them they couldn't go out on the water unless they had proof of insurance and registration. I told him, 'Sheriff, that's ridiculous.' And before I knew it, he was yelling into the phone: 'Congressman Jindal is here, and he says you can come and arrest him too!' Harry just told the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats and start rescuing people.
The story is 100% true, except for the presence of Jindal. He didn't see that sheriff until several days later. Harry did tell the boaters to ignore the bureaucrats, but not while Jindal was there. And Jindal did say they could arrest him too, just not then.
Technically you could say the whole thing happened "during Katrina" if you define Katrina as including the multi-year aftermath of the storm. This would include last Tuesday, when Jindal delivered the rebuttal.
Why do Republicans keep trying to bamboozle us with such easily-fact-checked stories? It only makes them look like they don't respect the American people. Okay, I'm not being honest there myself. They OBVIOUSLY don't respect the American people. The American people are free to respond accordingly.