What About Bobby?
October 28, 2008
To follow up on Suzy's item, I wanted to note that, while there are plenty of 2012 GOP presidential aspirants who have reason to be unhappy with the McCain campaign's decisions over the last couple months (and, in particular, the Palin choice), a case could be made that no one's nearish-term prospects have been hurt more than Bobby Jindal's. Though rarely explicit (and certainly not exclusive) a large portion of the GOP's closing argument this cycle has been to stoke white, working class fear and suspicion of the Other.
Is Bobby Jindal Really "the Republican Obama"?
October 28, 2008
With the Republicans’ presidential hopes for 2008 now all but dashed, a few upstarts in the party are—surprise—positioning themselves for future runs. Last week, Chris Cillizza flagged the appearance of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in a television spot for John Kennedy, the Republican challenger to Senator Mary Landrieu. Amid a backdrop of stately white columns, the young Indian-American governor projects a cool image of steadiness and calm. Sound like anyone you know?
The Cynicism Of The Palin Pick
August 29, 2008
Just yesterday, another reporter and I were chewing over McCain's veep possibilities, and I wondered why Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal had fallen out of speculation. "McCain would never pick Jindal, because it ruins his experience argument," my friend replied. Both Palin and Jindal are young reformers tackling hellaciously corrupt states. Palin is a few years older, but Jindal -- who reformed Medicaid in Louisiana, served as an Assistant HHS Secretary, and did several years in Congress -- has more experience. Is there any difference between what the two accomplish as v.p.
Bobby Jindal Watch
June 30, 2008
On the heels of his recall petition, this from the Times-Picayune: Gov. Bobby Jindal's legislative director has resigned after serving fewer than six months with the new administration, which is embroiled in a controversy over the Legislature's large pay raise. ... Williams' resignation comes at a moment of intensely strained relations between Jindal and the Legislature, which adjourned last week from its third lawmaking session this year.
Bad News For Dems?
April 16, 2007
Former Senator John Breaux, who would have been a strong candidate in Louisiana's gubernatorial race this year against GOP Representative Bobby Jindal, has withdrawn (since he cashed in as a lobbyist and moved to Maryland in 2005, he couldn't prove Louisiana "citizenship").