publicspeakingThe Republicans’ choice of Bobby Jindal to deliver a response to President Obama’s speech on the economy on February 24 was a logical one. Jindal, as I’m sure we’ll be frequently reminded, is the son of Indian immigrants, something of a counter to Obama’s rags-to-riches story.

Unfortunately for the GOP, Jindal has none of the rhetorical skill of the President. His cringe-worthy sing-song delivery made even hard core party members wince.  His message has been described as “tone deaf” and out of touch with the pain and fear Americans, even those with jobs, are experiencing.  Someone needs to send him back to Public Speaking 101.

On the other hand, why bother?  Sarah Palin is idling in the wings, ready to jump into the fray. Not so fast.  Palin, who has to dig into her purse for $7,000 to reimburse Alaska for her kids’ junkets. And they haven’t even addressed the tax implications, so she may be a little busy.

How about the lifelike mannequin, Mitt Romney?  He just won the CPAC straw poll with 20 percent of the vote, followed by Bobby Jindal with 14 percent, Ron Paul with 13 percent, Sarah Palin with 13 percent, Newt Gingrich with 10 percent and Mike Huckabee with 7 percent. Yawn. It looks like 2008 all over again.

But back to Jindal. You have to like the guy and admire what he’s done. But as a serious presidential candidate he’s just not ready for prime time. In fact, none of the current hopefuls, except for Romney, are likely to create a groundswell of interest and enthusiasm.

It will be interesting to see who is picked to provide the next Republican response. My money’s on the Mittster.