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08. Bobby Jindal


Chris and Jeb

When it comes to presidential candidates, I always tend to favor those who have experience as a governor first. Why? Because although the office of president is much, much larger in scale, a sitting state governor’s responsibilities as the chief executive of a state is the closest one can get in terms of fitting into the office of the US President.

Bobby JindalA Senator or Rep. can resist all compromise if they choose, push for measures that have no chance of passing, and generally still be considered effective. A governor cannot afford that luxury and remain in office. A governor has to lead, and do so in a manner that produces consensus. It’s not so much about compromise per se as it is about learning statesmanship.

On that basis, Bobby Jindal reaches into the Top 10, coming in at the number eight spot in my personal book. His record as governor is surprisingly good, considering the struggles the state of Louisiana has endured in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath of which was still in effect when he won his 2007 election to his first term as governor.

In 2008, only about a year into his tenure, his response to Hurricane Gustav was widely praised on both sides of the political aisle as being much more effective than the 2005 Katrina response. The plus side of Jindal is that he has governed as a reliable, Reagan-style conservative, something the GOP is in sore need of.

On the negative side is Jindal’s inability, to date, to connect with a national audience. His response to President Obama’s national address to a joint session of Congress in 2009, he was widely perceived to have botched the job.

Yet that is all “inside baseball” a Beltway concern. If his record so far in Louisiana means anything, and it ought to, he is far more reliable as a defender of conservatism than Jeb Bush or Chris Christie … by far.

As a contrast to Sarah Palin, who possesses similar conservative credentials, Jindal is fulfilling his commitments. He declined a possible 2012 run against Obama, despite pressure from the party’s conservative elements to run. He was rewarded with a landslide 2011 re-election. His term ends in 2015, so he’d be free to run for the GOP top spot in 2016. The real question is if he could attract enough interest.

While he has great credentials, his communication skills on the national stage and in question and whether he could survive a debate against more-seasoned opponents both inside the GOP and out, is also open to question. But Jindal is only 44 in 2015, which means he’d be 45 in 2016. This coming election cycle is by far not his only shot; he might make a savvy choice as a fallback running mate, if the party’s nominee fails to connect with a more obvious choice like Marco Rubio.

But Jindal can afford to wait for his hour to come ’round for the White House. As one of the fresh, young faces of the GOP, he could be better off adding a US Senate run to his resume, if one of the seats becomes open. That could happen. Louisiana’s new senior senator, David Vitter, is considering a run to replace Jindal in 2015, leaving Jindal the obvious favorite to replace him in the Senate should Jindal decide to bypass a 2016 White House run.

And who knows? That might be the best way to go for Jindal. He could expand his Washington resume, and be far more prepared for a White House bid in the 2020s. He might need that sort of experience to fulfill the promise his values and voting record demonstrate he is capable of achieving.

Perry new head of RGA

Texas Governor Rick Perry has been selected as the new head of the Republican Governors Association. He succeeds Haley Barbour, and will strike the most conservative take on the organization in years, a welcome reform. Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty was among the RGA’s leadership in recent years, typical of the watered-down nature of the group.

No longer. Joining Perry are Louisiana governor and Reaganite conservative Bobby Jindal, as well as New Jersey’s Chris Christie, Nikki Haley and Susanna Martinez. Overall, it’s the most conservative board of leaders to serve as heads of the RGA in years – possibly decades. While Dems concern themselves with apidexin reviews, let’s hope that Perry and company eye a much more important prize: continued conservative victories across governors mansions and statehouses throughout the US.

Battle of the midgets

The mainstream media, never tiring of telling conservatives which RINOs to vote for, are already trying to sell Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty as the major feud for the 2012 GOP race to face off with President Obama. And the GOP would be utterly stupid to go with either of these tin men.

Romney sold Massachusetts on RomneyCare, which bears a strong resemblance to ObamaCare, on a state level. There’s nothing Reagan-esque about him, and only by comparison did Romney seem even mildly conservative; that’s what standing on a podium next to the RINO king, John McCain will get you.

And Pawlenty? A McCain disciple if ever there were one. He nearly beat out Palin as McCain’s running mate, and would have if he’d been even slightly diverse on views from McCain. But he’s not, so McCain went with Palin in an effort not to lose all the conservatives in his race against Obama.

Here are some names of conservative substance to take a long look at in 2012: Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Jim DeMint and John Thune. Sure, toss Sarah Palin in there if you must. As least she’s more energetic and better-informed than Joe Biden, who apparently eats CAD drawings for lunch, thinking they’re an exotic chocolate.

The point is, any combination of that group would make a fine set of opponents for the Obama-Biden ’12 fiasco ahead.

Whether it’s Perry-Thune or Jindal-DeMint, I don’t care… just as long as it’s not Obama-Biden again when the dust settles.

Huckabee may not run in 2012

Appearing on Fox News Sunday this weekend, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee admitted he may sit out the 2012 race for president, due in part to his weekly Fox News Channel show. This is great news for real conservatives, since Huckabee is no more conservative than John McCain was, even though he was younger, more Christian and more pro-life.

While his word is likely to be less reliable than good insurance quotes, for now the nation can breathe a sigh of relief and hope that a real conservative, like Sarah Palin or Bobby Jindal, rise to the top in 2012.

Now that he’s not running, T-Paw supports Vikings stadium

When he’s not whizzing around the country pretending to be a front-runner for the 2012 GOP Presidential nomination, or enjoying some golf, Tim Pawlenty has built his political credentials around being a fiscal conservative… which is good, considering he’s John McCain Jr. in almost every other respect.

But now that he’s not running for re-election in Minnesota, Pawlenty has finally voiced support for a new Vikings stadium to ensure the state keeps the team beyond their current lease at the Metrodome, which expires in less than two years, in 2011.

The clock is ticking and now that he’s virtually irrelevant in state politics, now T-Paw supports a stadium? Sorry, but that’s weak support at best. The Vikings should always have made more sense to build a stadium for than the Twins; having Brett Favre at QB shouldn’t make such a difference.

Of course, supporting a “public option” on a stadium may actually damage T-Paw’s conservative credentials. And as a fan of Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal, that would suit me just fine.

Election 2008 post-mortem

Well, the battle’s over, at long last; the battle of 2008, at any rate.

With the dust settled, WonderfulPessimist.com wishes to congratulate the victor, Barack Obama. Of course, we still believe he’s the wrong guy, woefully underqualified and determined to take the country in the wrong direction. Yet, as the victor, that’s his prerogative and we wish Barry well.

To be honest, despite all the hours at the espresso machines worrying about an Obama victory, the truth is that a McCain victory would have been worse for the GOP, because McCain was at the top of the ticket, after all, not Sarah Palin. And McCain would have done many of the same things Obama is gearing up for, only it would have been the GOP that took the blame for it all.

So, in an “addition by subtraction” sort of way, an Obama victory, while wrong for the country from a political philosophy point of view, is probably the best thing that the conservative movement could have hoped for.

Rather than being saddled with yet another liberal Republican in the White House, the GOP field for 2012 looks rich with a commodity sorely lacking in ’08, and that’s genuine conservative candidates. Though four years can change a lot, I certainly anticipate eagerly the potential presidential campaigns of Sarah Palin and Bobby Jindal.

Sure, there are still risks that could shut conservatives out; Tim Pawlenty is a mirage when it comes to genuine conservatism, Mitt Romney was the best of a bad field and doesn’t measure up to Palin or Jindal, and there are still threats from Charlie Crist (liberal) and Mike Huckabee (fake conservative who seems to want to be the U.S. Pastor, not the U.S. President) to fend off, but Palin and Jindal are definitely the future of conservatism, if not necessarily the GOP.

One name I can guarantee won’t show up in 2012?

Jeb Bush.

McCain VP targets: Bobby Jindal

If I were a futures broker, I’d wager that first-term Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has a great future in the GOP as a future presidential candidate. He’s young, he’s quite conservative, and he’s well-liked. And as the son of India immigrants, he possesses minority appeal.

Of course, that’s why Bobby Jindal is one of the top three VP targets GOP presidential nominee John McCain is hosting in Arizona over the next few weeks. Although he has little in the way of experience or a fund-raising track record, and does no hail from a state that is a large electoral jackpot, Jindal’s biggest assets are that he would mollify GOP conservatives not enchanted by the liberal McCain, and that he is a bit of an Obama-solution, offering voters another non-white candidate with relative youth and charisma.

However, there are dangers in the Jindal strategy, and they are all at the cost of Jindal, not McCain. First and foremost, as a less-experienced politician, Jindal is untested on the national stage. While that works for Barack Obama, who has the liberal media on his side, that works less well with conservatives like Jindal, who the media would be out to embarrass, leveraging his youth and inexperience to make him look doltish.

If I were Jindal’s advisor, I’d console him to take a pass on running with McCain and concentrate on performing well as Louisiana governor and winning at least one re-election to that seat before moving on. Remember, Bush the Elder once selected a young, promising, very conservative senator as his running mate, and Dan Quayle as never lived it down. I’d hate to see that same vilefying happen to Jindal, whose chances will be much better four, eight or even 12 years down the road.

Finally, we come to my least-favorite name among the first three McCain is considering: Florida governor Charlie Crist.

Condi still not running

Despite the words of Dan Senor, a GOP strategist, over the weekend, as well as a lot of blogosphere energy around the topic, the US State Department today re-confirmed the fact that Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice is not interested in running for political office, nor is she seeking the Veep spot on John McCain’s campaign.

Now, WonderfulPessimist.com has long held that Condi would be one of our top ideal choices for the top of the ticket, but considering she recently was quoted as saying, “It’s time for new blood” in the GOP bid for the White House, I think we have to respect her wishes and accept the fact that she won’t be running. Seems Condi has her mind on returning to Stanford and her Pigeon Forge cabins (if she has any) once her term in the Bush Administration is up.

Who can blame her? She’s been in public life as either Foreign Policy Advisor of Secretary of State for almost eight years now, and what with September 11 and wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq, anyone might be longing for the relative ease of being a tenured professor at one of America’s top academic universities?

As attractive a presidential or vice presidential figure as she might make, it’s time to lay our Condi dreams aside, people, and wish her well. As for who should run with John McCain on the GOP ticket this fall, my favorite choice for balancing the ticket is strong conservative and former Oklahoma congressman, J.C. Watts. Failing Watts, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal is our fallback candidate due also to his conservative credentials.

And it may not sound cool to say this, being from Minnesota and all, but the absolute worst choice to run with McCain is Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Appoint him to the Department of Education, maybe… but don’t make him Veep.