David Brooks On Bobby Jindal

David Brooks On Bobby Jindal


I don’t want to beat up too much on the Louisiana governor because he did have a thankless task, but…whoa. I mean, that was painful, and not just the style. Sure, we can make fun of his delivery, but the tired old ideas he was proposing and the political points he attempted to score failed at every turn.

Brooks digs in…

Long story short, no more 2012 run for Bobby. And that’s probably a good thing for both him and the Republicans. Save him for 2016 when he might be ready, although I have serious doubts at this point that he’ll ever be the type of guy who could lead a nation.

  • http://belowthebeltway.com/ Doug Mataconis


    To be fair, Jindal had said months ago that a 2012 run was off the table.

    But, you’re right.

    For one thing, leaving aside last night, he’s too young. He’s 37 now. He’d be 42 in 2012 and barely into the second year of a second term as Governor.

    I think we’ll be hearing from him in the future, just not the near future.

  • http://www.donklephant.com Justin Gardner

    You’re right Doug, but numerous folks have said they wouldn’t run for President and then did exactly that. A forgivable lie in my mind. After all, if the time is right the time is right and you don’t want something you told a paper holding you back.

    So when he opposed the stimulus spending and was put up to give the response to one of the most important speeches Obama had to give, it felt like he was more than happy to be groomed to be the standard bearer for the GOP. And let’s face it, we all know Jindal would run if the will was there. But now it’s evident that the GOP will have to find somebody else and that’s probably good for Jindal in the long run.

  • http://belowthebeltway.com/ Doug Mataconis

    True, didn’t Obama say at some point when he was running for the Senate in `06 that he wasn’t interested in running for President “right away” ?

    As for Jindal’s performance Tuesday night, I will ask everyone to remember a certain young Democratic Governor who gave a widely-panned speech at the Democratic National Convention in 1988. He was also seen as the young hope of the future, but his delivery was bad and he was unable to capture the attention of even the partisan crowd on the convention floor.

    His name ?

    William Jefferson Clinton.

    People bounce back from stuff like this, rather quickly.