MAY 25 In this post, Salon explains Bobby Jindal's "strategy" in trying to keep his "zombie presidential campaign" alive. He's not the only guy destined for the also-ran column who keeps desperately grasping, Salon says, but he is one of the most pathetic. Once again, the national media has trouble reconciling how good Jindal looks on paper with what a massive disappointment he has been in reality.
MAY 26 Sure, it made headlines when the legislature told Bobby Jindal last week to pick up the tab himself for his jet-setting across the country to support his presidential campaigning. But don't get too impressed, columnist Jim Beam writes in this post, because the independence suggested by this action is "an illusion."
MAY 26 This post on the "Sensuous Curmudgeon" (seriously!) blog details the high-handed attack on Zack Kopplin by a creationist who (apparently) has decided that this brilliant young man is getting above himself and so has "written" to Kopplin's parents.
MAY 26 This editorial in the Picayune draws in clear lines the problems created for New Orleans by Bobby Jindal's self-serving, (at least he hopes it will be) ham-fisted executive order about gay marriage. IBM and Dow have both said they're against it, because it will interfere with their ability to attract talent - both gay folk and modern, educated folk who think discrimination is wrong. But it also will have a devastating effect on tourism, the Pic opinies, and so the paper hopes everyone will read Mitch Landrieu's executive order, because that one is representative of "who we are."
MAY 26 Slate magazine comments here upon the extremely large number of people who want to be the GOP nominee for President. None of them but Bush, Walker and Rubio have a snowball's chance, Slate opines. So why are all these clowns trying to pack into that little car? Same reason that creepy little guy tries his lines on the pretty girl at the bar - he might get lucky.
MAY 26 The New York Times reports here what most of us in Louisiana have known for - oh, let's see - almost 10 years. That is, that the damage caused to NOLA following Katrina was related to levee failure, not the storm per se, and that the agency in charge, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, should take responsibility. Interesting.
MAY 22 Jim Brown is blogging about the governor's race in this week's post. While the GOP is busy packing its clown car with the sinning Senator nobody likes, a Jindal clone and the only genuinely nice guy in state office, and the pundits are saying voting for Edwards is like voting for the sinner, Brown wonders if our saving grace might just be "that John Wayne dude," as he describes Russel Honore. (Just for giggles, please note that there's a picture of Honore's book, with his first name properly spelled, at the top of the post. In the post, his first name is improperly spelled.)
MAY 22 Columnist Stephanie Grace articulates what most people who read the newspapers know - that Bobby Jindal just did what he has criticized President Obama for doing -- issuing an executive order in a controversial issue. Presumably, it wasn't for the same reason - because Obama already lives in the White House.
MAY 22 Usually we go to the Dead Pelican for links, but here's a post from the site on a controversy brewing between pollster Elliott Stonecipher and the Baton Rouge Business Report. Stonecipher gave a speech which BRBR covered, and he's not happy with how his comments were edited. The BRBR had to retract the story, correct and apologize. D'oh!