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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Kenneth The Page Responds

I don't know who this internet chatter character is, this Kenneth the Page, as I don't watch television, but from this clip I can see what they are trying to suggest.



Ann Althouse suggested there was an undercurrent of racism about the personal attacks on Governor Bobby Jindal's speech. After all, it was just a speech, and some people bomb in them. He did last night, stylistically, but given the instantaneous diarrhoea of posts his performance got (possibly as much as the actual and much more important State of the Union), you'd think he had slain three kittens on national TV.

Althouse asked.

"Why the urge to paint him as a white white man? Where did that come from?"

Probably the critics will mention that his regionalism and conservative religion made the connexion evident, but she is going for something deeper here.

There is a programme on IFC called "The Whitest Kids You Know".

A blogger described such kids as:

"The whitest kids I know all sort of look like Ashton Kutcher, listen to Jack Johnson, think Dane Cook is funny, and dig Adam Sandler movies."

I think what many people don't like about Jindal is that he doesn't talk like Apu, doesn't look like he could break into a Bollywood dance routine, and therefore isn't the "other" that is cool because of cultural expectations. Take it into another level, and they are also inferring that he is a race traitor by being a poseur, this Republican Southerner Indian fella.

What I BELIEVE Althouse is saying is that he fails to live up to some kind of stereotype they refuse to acknowledge they have deep inside themselves.

He acts like just another vanilla geeky white guy, like Kenneth the Page. More Millionaire, than Slumdog, if you will.

And that makes him the fairest of game.

Sure, he did himself no favours with that speech.

But if Obama had stunk up the joint, and others had criticised him so savagely, don't you think that his supporters wouldn't have claimed racism as a possible reason for the derision?

You bet they would have.

ADDED: Some journalists are not even hiding their references about Jindal and his Indianness.

“Bobby Jindal was ‘pitiful,’ Helen Thomas tells film crew, right before making a ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ crack.”

That is Helen Thomas, the doyenne of the press corps who practised unbiased reporting all those years, you know.

IN THE COMMENTS: I mean, after Chris Matthews admitted he uttered that infamous "Oh God", and stating that the GOP CPAC conference this week will resemble a Star Trek convention (you know, more uncool geeky white guys), what do we expect anymore.

But JSU reminds us of his latest Jindal crack.

There was definitely something rotten in Matthews' "outsourcing" remark.

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10 Comments:

  • There was definitely something rotten in Matthews' "outsourcing" remark.

    By Blogger JSU, at Thu Feb 26, 12:21:00 am GMT-5  

  • OH YES. I should've included that. Let me update.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Thu Feb 26, 12:25:00 am GMT-5  

  • Irony doesn't do it justice. Forget the crappy teleprompted prepared speech foisted on Jindal Tuesday night.

    Jindal scares Obama white.

    His resume makes Obama's look like chickenshit.

    The funny thing is ... you go on wikipedia (I know, I know) and there is a total whitewash of Obama's dirty dealings: Ryan's divorce papers, Palmer, questionable acquaintances etc. But Jindal's includes several ugly digs throughout. He changes his mind on something and it makes wikipedia. Barack Obama changes his mind on something in the middle of his speeches and people faint at his feet ....

    Jindal graduated from Brown, was accepted at Harvard Medical School and Yale LAW school (that means taking the MCAT and the LSAT and doing rather well) but chose Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar in political science.

    He was the president of the University of Louisiana System (in his twenties!), ran some health and human services stuff in LA and saved some money, is familiar with federal health care provisions, (Medicare) worked at the federal level as an Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    After losing a run to Democrat Blanco for Governor (and we all saw how well that turned out) Jindal ran for, won, and served in Congress. (But unlike the Obama wiki article, it doesn't list every inhale and exhale he made -- You really should read the articles to get the tone of the approach to Jindal. I detect some snotty editing in Jindal's.)

    As Gov. he was effective in evacuating areas if LA affected by Gustav, with only a small loss of life.

    All this (and more -- shortened version) and he is NOW 37 years old.

    He is a Catholic, and apparently that will be held against him, although Obama could go to a racist church and it didn't mean a thing.

    Oh yeah. And he's Asian, not to be confused with 'colored,' so that will count against him. (Smart Asian kids ruin the curve in HS & college. A stereotype to be sure, but it doesn't matter.)

    Of course his biggest sin is that he is a Republican.

    By Blogger JAL, at Thu Feb 26, 12:51:00 am GMT-5  

  • I think what many people don't like about Jindal is that he doesn't talk like Apu...and therefore isn't the "other" that is cool because of cultural expectations. Take it into another level, and they are also inferring that he is a race traitor by being a poseur, this Republican Southerner Indian fella.

    This is precisely what's going on. I have yet to see a case where a non-white and/or non-male Republican politician or conservative pundit isn't attacked like this. Usually, though, the attacks are much more vicious with "progressives" using language which they have declared taboo (the "n-word", the "c-word"). On top of that, there are the usual charges of lap-dogging ("He's a house 'n-word'", "[Some man] must've written that for her").

    Everybody's a hypocrite and politics is dirty, but this kind of stuff has a special place in the story of hypocritical dirty-politicking.

    Word verif: "saystud". "Say, stud!" an alternative to "Hello sailor!"

    By Anonymous Starless, at Thu Feb 26, 08:01:00 am GMT-5  

  • His resume makes Obama's look like chickenshit.

    Um...really???

    Cuz, Obama's resume has President of the United States on it which pretty much is about as high as it gets...maybe Pope is 1-A...

    Comparing their 'resume' is kind of like an astronaut saying "I rode in the Space Shuttle" in front of Neil Armstrong...both are impressive, one's a TAD moreso.

    Jindal's speech to me, granted I'm biased, just seemed like he was talking about an alternative universe where George Bush wasn't President for the last 8 years and the GOP in Congress for 6 of those didn't roll over for him like trained puppies and turn a historic surplus and balanced budget into an historic deficit. Today's GOP is like a drunk finding sobriety the night the pastor comes for dinner.

    But good luck with Jindal...especially if you think Obama's 'frightened' of him...wow!

    By Blogger ron st.amant, at Fri Feb 27, 11:46:00 pm GMT-5  

  • the GOP in Congress for 6 of those didn't roll over for him like trained puppies

    LOL! That's rich. As though the Dems in congress didn't roll over on every major budgetary outlay too. It was all Bu$hitler and the evil, immoral GOP.

    This will be the narrative coming from the Left as things get shittier and shittier: it'll be the "Bush Deficit" and the "Bush Economic Crisis", like the Dems weren't there, partners in crime, voting the federal government more and more money for itself.

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 28, 08:02:00 am GMT-5  

  • I know it's in the Republican DNA to never let facts get in the way of their story but...

    The first Bush budget for FY2002, written and passed in 2001, the one that turned the surplus into a $1.35 trillion deficit the vote were as follows:

    House
    Yeas- GOP 211 Dem 28
    Nays- GOP 0 Dem 153

    Senate
    Yeas- GOP 47 Dem 12
    Nays- GOP 3 Dem 30

    Of course after the 2002 election, when the GOP savaged Democrats who opposed any spending bill as being sympathetic to terrorists and un-American, a few more Dems were unwilling to oppose the President lest they be Max Cleland'ed.

    And if you're saying this isn't the Bush deficit is to live in an alt universe.

    The economic crisis belongs to all of us, it's an American crisis, in fact it is now a global crisis and it will take all of us to end it and repair the economies of every nation affected by it. It's just that without the American economy flourishing, it makes it difficult for most other nations to repair their enonomies.

    By Blogger ron st.amant, at Sat Feb 28, 07:51:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I know it's in the Republican DNA to never let facts get in the way of their story but...

    As though Dems ever let the facts get in the way of their stories.

    And I'm not a Republican.

    The first Bush budget for FY2002, written and passed in 2001

    Links? Or are we to take your word for it?

    a few more Dems were unwilling to oppose the President lest they be Max Cleland'ed.

    I recall the great gnashing of teeth over that. The all-powerful and evil Rovemonster was going to crush them all lest they do as he say. What a crock.

    And if you're saying this isn't the Bush deficit is to live in an alt universe.

    Bush deficit, Clinton deficit, Reagan deficit, Carter deficit--how far back should we go to place blame? Personally, I'd like to go back to when we went off the gold standard.

    The point is that we're here now. What happened has happened and as far as budget deficits are concerned, saying "the other guy did it first" doesn't justify piling on another one, two, maybe three more trillion.

    Obama won (as he so pointedly reminded the whole world), try not to be a sore winner--try to be happy. Oh, I forgot, it isn't in the Dem DNA to let victory get in the way of wallowing in unfettered, irrational Bush hatred...

    By Anonymous Starless, at Sat Feb 28, 11:10:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Starless, if you read my last paragraph I agree with you on the 'we have to go forward'...I would not have said a word about the 'Bush deficit' had you not brought it up as it's some myth that Dems are peddling...it's a fact.

    You can go to the House and Senate websites and search the 2001-2002 voting archives for the Budget votes. House.gov and Senate.gov.

    They'll list the Bills or Resolutions, all the precedural votes, and the roll call votes.

    By Blogger ron st.amant, at Sun Mar 01, 07:22:00 pm GMT-5  

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