Grace Notes: At long last, ex-Gov. Bobby Jindal nails a debate performance

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Debates have never really been Bobby Jindal's time to shine.

Debates have never really been Bobby Jindal's time to shine.

In the 2003 gubernatorial race, his only competitive contest and his only losing one, Jindal talked fast and knowledgeably during their face-to-face meetings, but Kathleen Blanco came off as more empathetic. She also produced the season's iconic image during one face-off when she brandished her own hunting and fishing licenses, a move that helped cast Jindal as comparatively aloof. 

During the primary for the 2016 gubernatorial contest, Jindal languished at the humiliating kids' table debates, while Donald Trump and others sucked up all the prime-time oxygen. He called it quits well before the voting started.

So by his own standards, his most recent debate seems to be have gone pretty well. According to an account by the Yale Daily News, Jindal, now out of office and on the speaking circuit, held his own against a college senior in a recent debate on health care.

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Jindal spent 30 minutes of the Yale Political Union's first debate of the year arguing against a single-payer health care system, advocating instead a system "built around principles of choice and competition." Following his speech, a Yale student made the opposing case in favor of Medicare for all.

It's unclear from the story which side won the room, but several students interviewed gave Jindal high marks for his effort. One commended him for framing health care as a universal right, which put him in a "place everyone could identify with," as she put it. Another said his personal anecdote about having a child born with a heart ailment helped break his argument into "digestible chunks." Yet another appreciated that Jindal "left the political bile back in Washington."

So count this as a moral victory, anyway, for a politician who's no longer a rising star. It probably won't lead to any sort of comeback. But who knows? Maybe it'll help him land some more speaking gigs.

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