It figures that the only way Republicans could use Hurricane Katrina to make themselves look good is by lying:
Looks like the game is up.
Remember that story Bobby Jindal told in his big speech Tuesday night — about how during Katrina, he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a local sheriff who was battling government red tape to try to rescue stranded victims?
Turns out it wasn’t actually, you know, true.
[A] Jindal spokeswoman has admitted to Politico that in reality, Jindal overheard Lee talking about the episode to someone else by phone “days later.” The spokeswoman said she thought Lee, who died in 2007, was being interviewed about the incident at the time.
This is no minor difference. Jindal’s presence in Lee’s office during the crisis itself was a key element of the story’s intended appeal, putting him at the center of the action during the maelstrom. Just as important, Jindal implied that his support for the sheriff helped ensure the rescue went ahead. But it turns out Jindal wasn’t there at the key moment, and played no role in making the rescue happen.
The central anecdote of the GOP’s prime-time response to President Obama’s speech, intended to illustrate the threat of excessive government regulation, turns out to have been made up.
And Jindal couldn’t even admit his falsehood himself–he had a spokesperson do it for him.
First Bobby Jindal gives one of the worst speeches in modern political history, then it turns out that one of the central anecdotes in his speech–meant to illustrate his entire point about the role of government–was a lie.
Like I said right after Jindal’s speech, never have I seen a rising star fall so fast. I wonder if this is one-two punch will dog Jindal’s chances if he decides to run in 2012; blatant lying doesn’t tend to sit well with the American people.