From a longtime reader in Seattle:
I often disagree with how the Corner views political events with regard to how they play out in the sticks, so to speak, because I think you all get a little too wrapped up on the insiders world (hard not to when you are in the insiders’ world!). But you are right and your optimistic emailers (that you posted) are wrong. Jindal’s delivery was weak in this sense: he did not look like someone who could lead this country. He did not instill in me any confidence that he would or could be the standard-bearer in four or eight years, which I was looking for. I wanted him to do well. But he didn’t.
The message was fine (though I thought the ending about GOPers losing their way was weak — should have been up front, not at the end). It was not delivered in an offensive or off-putting way. But it was also not delivered in such a way as to rally people to our position and to fight against this humungo government coming our way. He came across as the guy you’d want to have your daughter bring home, but not the guy you’d want leading your company during tough times.