Well Bobby Jindal's big national television debut was just a couple of weeks ago and people enjoyed poking fun at the awkward, happy-go-lucky governor who reminded some of Mr. Rogers. But while the Mr. Rogers comparison is hilarious (thank you, Jon Stewart) and apt, it seems like Jindal is actually facing a bigger problem: reminding people of Kenneth the page from NBC's 30 Rock.
(For those of you unfamiliar with the show, it's Tina Fey's inspired television series about a show not unlike Saturday Night Live, where Fey was a writer for the better part of a decade. Kenneth is the ever-optimistic and perennially-naive NBC page that works with Fey, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin's characters on the show. In this week's episode, Kenneth threw a fake birthday party for Tracy Jordan (Morgan's character) and then had to spend the rest of the show trying to figure out what Tracy had wished for in order to make it come true. Really though, you should just check out the entire show on Hulu.)
Politico.com has this (unintentionally) hilarious analysis of how Jindal was on the right track to making an organically positive national image and then derailed all of that as soon as he stepped up to the podium to respond to President Barack Obama's address to congress. But it goes much further than that. The comparisons came up right after Jindal's speech on sites like Gawker and Huffington Post but they've persisted through time and there are now Facebook groups and writers from all parts of the country either scratching their heads or making the same comparison. Just Google "Bobby Jindal Kenneth the page" and you get 522,000 hits.
Now, I'm by no means a political savant, but it can never be good when you're trying to build a campaign to run for president and people are constantly referring to you as a television character that once uttered this line: "There are problems on the farm. After years of inbreeding, the pigs are getting violent and the pig shield around the house has worn thin."