On the opening day of CPAC, this probably isn't the kind of Politico headline Republicans want: "GOP at risk of becoming party in the no." Sixteen Republicans broke with party lines on the $410 billion omnibus package "on a vote Minority Whip Eric Cantor had urged his colleagues to reject. And the cracks in the facade appear to be the first public signal of Republican rank-and-file squeamishness with a remarkably high-risk strategy that promises an uncertain return. For Republicans, a central question looms: Is saying no to Obama's agenda the way to get voters to say yes to an already beleaguered GOP brand?"
The AP's Fouhy wraps the groundswell of criticism Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal faced from the left and right for his response to Obama's address to Congress. "Insane. Childish. Disaster. And those were some of the kinder comments ... Jindal's voice and earnest, awkward delivery have drawn comparisons to Kenneth Parcell, the geeky Southern page on the NBC comedy '30 Rock.' Indeed, a new Facebook group titled 'Bobby Jindal is Kenneth the Page' had already attracted more than 1,800 members Wednesday afternoon."
The New York Times adds that Jindal "has been a rising star in the Republican Party, but his stock took a hit as he was roundly panned for his televised response to President Obama's first speech to Congress on Tuesday night."
Don't miss Norah O'Donnell's look yesterday at Jindal's speech.