There’s still time for Bobby Jindal to run

Bobby Jindal waits for Rick Perry to stop talking so he can correct what the Texas governor said.

Several political pundits have noted that despite an early Iowa caucus date, the Republican primary calendar is actually not front loaded this presidential cycle. In fact, several people are suggesting that the Republican field might not be closed.

The Iowa caucuses will likely doom a few candidates. While I initially supported Rick Perry, it seems he’s just not ready for prime time. Barring a massive comeback, he might be packing up his bags after Iowa. (If he doesn’t do well in Iowa, he won’t like New Hampshire’s verdict. He’s polling at 3% there.)

It’s clear that the Republican electorate is not happy with Mitt Romney and so far there hasn’t been a successful Not Romney that voters have settled on.

Bobby Jindal endorsed Rick Perry and he’s in Iowa campaigning with the Texas governor right now (even correcting Perry when he gets his own plan wrong.) CNN reporter Peter Hanby noted: “Three different Iowans here told Jindal they wished he were running for president.” Politico also quoted several Iowa voters who thought Jindal’s stump speech was very impressive.

So, if Perry drops out after Iowa, then why not draft Bobby Jindal? He just won reelection to a second term with 66% of the vote. And his first term accomplishments were impressive, notes Fred Barnes:

Jindal has done what most -governors only dream about. But he and his aides are painfully aware his accomplishments are unknown outside the state. To spread the word, they’ve produced a five-page report headlined “Louisiana Turnaround—The Untold Story.” It’s a largely factual document with minimal spin or exaggeration.

Listing 63 separate actions, reforms, or changes, it makes the point that a lot has happened in Jindal’s first four years. He cut spending sharply before that became sexy. In 2008, the state budget was $34.4 billion. For 2012, it’s $25.4 billion, a 26 percent decline. Nearly 10,000 state jobs have been eliminated. “If you enforce fiscal discipline, it frees you to do things you should have done anyway,” according to Jindal.

He gets credit for the biggest income tax cut—$1.1 billion over five years—in state history.

And he was signed into law a strong new ethics bill that moved Louisiana from 46th to 5th best state in the Better Government Association index. All of which has Quin Hilyer thinking what I’m thinking: Jindal is the right man for the White House. And he’ll be able to take on Obama on health care, make no doubt about it. Hilyer:

Here’s the key thing: There is not an elected official in the country who knows health care policy as well as Jindal, and once the Supreme Court decides the Obamacare case, health care will be front and center in the campaign. Why does Jindal know so much about it? First, he was the wunderkind Secretary of the Louisiana health department, where he flat-out saved the state budget from disaster while completely and successfully renovating its Medicaid program (after explaining Medicaid’s rules to the federal Medicaid officials who didn’t even understand them as well as Jindal did). Second, he was executive director of the Breaux-Thomas entitlement commission in the late 1990s that not only pushed the idea of premium support (the heart of Paul Ryan’s Medicare plans), but got several Democratic senators to buy in to the concept.  Third, he worked on health care in the private sector, for McKinsey and Company.  Also, (from Wikipedia), “as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an M.Litt. degree in political sciencewith an emphasis in health policy from the University of Oxford in 1994 for his thesis “A needs-based approach to health care”.

He also served as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

If Republicans want somebody who not only will oppose Obamacare (that’s an easy thing to do), but also to be able to outline a positive alternative and explain it understandably, nobody, not even Paul Ryan, can do it better than Bobby Jindal.

Almost every Republican primary voter I’ve talked with has expressed disappointment with the whole field. So why not draft Bobby Jindal?



  • Pat

    Shhhhhh! We in Louisiana don’t want to lose Bobby Jindal!

  • Joe M

    I don’t know enough about Jindal to judge. However, I don’t understand this Not Romney position in Republican terms. What isn’t to like? He’s polling well against Obama, is very poised (relatively safe from predictable media attack) and promises a conservative agenda. I fear that the problem is anti-Mormonism. I don’t think that speaks well for Republicans if that is the case. — Since other names are being thrown out there, what about Paul Ryan? I thought that his plan was courageous and very well presented.

    • Rod

      Romney was a successful governor of arguably the most liberal state in the union. He was not successful because he was conservative or even moderate. Romney is a liberal, period. He speaks a good game but at the end of the day, some of us don’t trust he will actually make conservative decisions. He will follow the polls. Make him the nominee and see how quickly he changes his tune.

      To suggest that those of us who are against Romney are anti-Mormon is imbecilic. I’m not sure where you get this information. Just because you don’t understand mean that we are anti-anything. This is almost as stupid as Democrats saying they don’t understand how anyone could be against Obama. It must be because we’re racist.

      Paul Ryan would have made a great candidate but he made it clear he would not run. It’s unfortunate.

      • Joe M

        Rod. Thank you for the Christmas time personal insults. Just because you are not anti-mormon personally does not mean that anti-mormonism is not a factor regarding Romney’s support. And polling data supports my suspicion: — What part of Romney’s platform is liberal? Life issues: conservative. Economic issues: conservative. Marriage issues: conservative. It sounds like your argument against him is based on speculation that he doesn’t intend to follow through with the platform he is advocating for. However, even if you believe that he is playing the polls, why would he betray something that won him the white house? Obviously, in that case, the polls would be on his side, with the platform he wins on.


    Check out this article he wrote about recounting an incident in college written several years later when he held a responsible position:
    I don’t want a “left behind” fan really into the rapture with the football with launch codes next to him 24/7. Pax, Greg

  • Matt

    Well, if he’s a big supporter of Medicare premium support, a la Paul Ryan, then it would seem to be a no-go for Catholics. Giving government funds to insurance companies that cover abortion was something the bishops cited in their criticism of the ACA (notably silent when Ryan brought out his plan).

  • Marcel LeJeune

    There were two people I wanted to run for President and neither did. Jindal was my first choice and Christie was my second. Either would wipe up the current field in the GOP race. But, they are both relatively new and said they want to finish the job they started in their respective states.

  • tz1

    Rick perry has what is probably the most watched youtube campaign ad. And largest number of parodies as he wore a “brokeback mountain” coat.

    But Jindal needs to see the law enforced. Sarbox would throw most of the banksters in jail – the rest via common law fraud.

    Planned parenthood regularly flauts the stautorybrape reporting laws – most recentlu=y Sibelius shredded the evidence.

    Often things look good on paper.



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