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Our view : Louisiana's 30 Rockin' governor has a future - in show business

March 01, 2009

To: Gov. Bobby Jindal

Fm: Hank McDazzle, McDazzle Image Consulting

Re: Fame and fortune

Don't let the bastards get you down, Bobby.

I know what you're thinking. Your earnest, awkward, platitude-filled and, well, slightly comical performance after President Barack Obama's address to Congress last week has just Katrina'd your career.

Listen, nothing could be further from the truth. You're way more handsome than 30 Rock's Kenneth the Page, and how many governors make the kind of splash on YouTube and the late-night network shows like you did? Better yet, look how you brought appalled commentators from the left and right to near-unanimity?

We've done some audience testing and you are hot. You stood there and said Louisiana doesn't take government help. Killer laugh there, Bobby. Probably best for Republicans to avoid a lot of indirect FEMA references, but for a Rhodes scholar, you are one wacky guy.

Anyway, here's the deal. We here at McDazzle think you are wasting your time in Baton Rouge cutting unemployment benefits. Our plan is to strike while you're smoking, book you on Comedy Central, sign an HBO live performance deal and develop a sitcom. Like that one about the mayor with the little Canadian dude. Only funny.

Getting this kind of press attention for something as routine as an opposing response to a presidential address is a once-in-a-lifetime event. You may not be presidential timber, but believe me, Alec Baldwin is ready to come on board whatever you want to do next.

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