We know what you were probably thinking when you woke up this morning: “what ever happened to Bobby Jindal after that ghastly response he gave to President Barack Obama’s 2009 State of the Union Address?”
Well, maybe you weren’t…but we’ve got an update anyway.
Jindal, a former U.S. congressman/current governor of Louisiana — and a once-rising GOP star considered as a possible vice-presidential candidate in the 2008 election — will be in New York next month to give the keynote address at the New York Republican Party’s Annual Dinner.
“Governor Jindal has led the way on a wide array of issues, including charter schools, education reform, energy policy, ethics reform, and fiscal responsibility,” New York Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox says. “In a time when millions of Americans are struggling to find employment and make ends meet, Governor Jindal has proven that conservative ideas and solutions are the most effective and efficient form of government.”
Jindal, as we mentioned, was on track to do big things. Then this happened.
Aside from flat-out lying about his meeting with the late Harry Lee, the former sheriff of Jefferson Parish — which includes New Orleans — in the Big Easy in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (Jindal wasn’t even in New Orleans at the time), he came across in his response as a bit of a doofus.
Jindal’s response to the president’s address was called “a disaster for the Republican Party”…by conservatives.
Jindal then slipped off the national stage, and his GOP stardom fizzled.
The GOP dinner is scheduled for April 19 — just five days before the New York GOP presidential primary — at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in Manhattan. If Jindal’s speech is anything like his response to Obama’s State of Union, you might want to bring a pillow.