That's David Brooks describing the Republican rebuttal by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, which my colleague Greg Veis discusses in more detail in the item below. As Greg notes, the rebuttal speech is notoriously difficult to give. Jindal is, by all accounts, an exceptionally bright young politician; he'll have better days, I'm sure. The problem here is the philosophy Jindal espouses, which very much remains dominant in the Republican Party.
But don't take my word for it. Just listen to Brooks: