Jindal 2012 In Full Swing

Jindal 2012 In Full Swing


A Washington Post article marks somewhat of an unofficial launch to the Jindal buzz, although we’ve been talking about this since May on Donklephant.

In any event…the following sounds very familiar…

Jindal insists he is ignoring all the speculation. In Cedar Rapids, at a breakfast event devoted to addressing this beleaguered city’s efforts to rebound from its disastrous flood last summer, he avoided any reference to 2012, staying focused on explaining Louisiana’s methods for coping with hurricane floods in emergencies on his watch.

Meanwhile, others around the country were talking him up. No less an aspiring kingmaker than Steve Schmidt, the chief strategist of McCain’s failed presidential bid, sees Jindal as the Republican Party’s destiny. “The question is not whether he’ll be president, but when he’ll be president, because he will be elected someday.” The anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist believes, too, that Jindal is a certainty to occupy the White House, and conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh has described him as “the next Ronald Reagan.”

Jindal is, above all else, a political meteor, sharing Obama’s precocious skills for reaching the firmament in a hurry. It was just four years ago, after losing a gubernatorial election, that he won election to Congress, and only this year that he became Louisiana’s governor, the first nonwhite to hold the office since Reconstruction. And now, 10 months into his first term, the talk of a presidential bid is getting louder among his boosters.

Still, I have my doubts that he’ll actually be running in 2012. Now, anything can happen in the next 3 years before candidates start running for real, but with the economy starting to hit bottom (hopefully) it seems like Obama will benefit from lowered expectations. That doesn’t mean he can’t make any gains, but if he manages to make sure things don’t get a lot worse it’ll probably be seen as a win for him.

So Jindal would do well to think about waiting another 4 years, especially since he’s so young. Because he’ll barely be 40 when he would actually start running, and I can’t imagine the Republican base abandoning their values that propelled McCain into the nomination.

We shall see…

  • Kyle

    Why would GOP go the way of Obama and pick a muslim who says he’s a Christian? Jindal is a complete unknown. Louisiana refuses to release his birth certificate too.

  • Avinash_Tyagi

    There’s no way he’ll win the racist vote (also known as the right wing republican vote)

  • Dale

    Good, I hope he picks Palin for his running mate. Four years from now I’m sure America will be more than ready to elect a pair of creationist airheads.

  • wj

    “the first non-white since Reconstruction” Say what? The man is not Oriental (yellow, i.e. East Asian), nor is he of African ancestry (black). Now if they are using “white” as a synonym for European ancestry, the Post may be correct that far. Except that Armenia is not in Europe either, and California (for one) has had a governor of Armenian ancestry.

    I guess what I’m saying is, the racial picture in the US has gotten way too complex for the symplistic terminology that the press uses. And that’s before we start noticing all the people of mixed ancestry. It’s time to start calling them on it every time, until they find some other way to frame the discussion.

  • Siv B

    Kyle! , Jindal was never a Muslim. His parents are from India and he was a Hindu prior to becoming a Christian. Hinduism is completely the opposite of Islam. But even if he was a Muslim, why should that be a factor?. I am tired of all the unwritten criteria/background one must poses to become president in this country. Avinash is right, Jindal won’t be able to win the racist republican vote because of ignorant individuals like you who make assumptions on the basis of one’s skin color.