On my nightly cruise of the news talk shows of Fox, CNN and MSNBC, I happened to sit a spell watching a discussion on the latter’s network about the possibilities of our own Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Romney’s veep choice.
I have frequently seen Jindal on Fox news chiming in on national issues such as how miserable President Obama is doing as President and how Rick Perry, sorry, Mitt Romney is such a great choice.
I know the Governor recently said that Obama never ran a lemonade stand so due to his lack of preparedness the Governor is warning us that we just can't afford to have wait for the current leader of the free world to engage in on the job training.
Which makes me wonder then—if Obama, after four years of being President is not qualified for the job, how the heck would a Romney-Jindal team be so experienced?
Romney has absolutely no experience in Washington which he proudly touts. Being a former Governor from Massachusetts certainly is not training grounds for the White House, even for a conservative Republican or perhaps a RINO (take your pick).
Jindal does have four years as Louisiana governor, sometime as head of Louisiana Health and Hospitals and President of LSU, and a stint working on health issues under John Breaux plus three years as Congressman after losing to Kathleen Blanco in 2003. He then bought a house in Jefferson Parish, over 80 miles away from his prior home--apparently so he could run for a safe seat, vacated by Republican David Vitter, for the U.S. House.
All of this shows Bobby Jindal is not just fast at the lips. He is fast with his feet.
Still, it also makes one wonder whether any of this really qualifies him to serve as the number two guy, one heart-beat away from the red button?
No doubt, Jindal now has more experience than Obama did when he qualified for the really big house, the one on Pennsylvania Avenue. Plus, Jindal has something else in common with the Prez; they both wrote a book playing to national audiences touting their abilities. Perchance Jindal’s tome, Leadership and Crises, which featured Jindal during the Great BP War, might one day be as famous as John Kennedy’s Profile in Courage. However, that one adventure in entrepreneurship as an author only puts the Louisiana Governor on par with the current President in terms of lack of business practical experience of not running a lemonade stand.
But what might really do Governor Jindal in nationally is his ability to balance the budget. Right now, he is being made mince-meat by former liberal, now conservative, Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy. Also, now U.S. Senator and perhaps likely candidate for the Governor’s mansion, David Vitter is pinning Jindal’s ears against the legislative wall on various issues including the budget which is out of balance.
Both of those state political heavyweights are outing Jindal as a fiscal moderate conservative, not made of Tea Party cloth fabric. Those credentials simply won’t work in the world of the right-minded right-wingers who already view Romney with disdain, suspicion and contempt. While Jindal is the darling of the Charter School and the state properties for sale bunch, Grover Norquist and some social conservatives, he just does not have the bonafides needed to prop up Romney in the minds and hearts of the Republican activists.
However, don’t count the Louisiana Governor out. Bobby Jindal is a fast-talker, perfect for national TV. He is also truly a master at public relations, something Romney sorely could use. Despite Jindal’s national rhetoric that Louisiana would never follow the “Washington Way”, that federal money is the curse of the devil, he is quite adept in using it for balancing budgets of the past then appearing on Fox TV blasting Democrats for their willingness to cave into European socialism at its worse.
The truth is—with his penchant to use of one-time money to fix budget holes as well as his focus upon privatizing government services such as prisons, Jindal is the high-priest of voodoo economics and who would know voodoo better than one from Louisiana?
Actually, in many ways, Jindal really is what is needed in Washington despite all the rhetoric that he or someone like him is not. The country is being stretched by the radicals of the left and the right. We’ve been on the brink of fiscal disaster with the debt ceiling crises because two sides refused to give. The Washington Way right now is truly dysfunctional with the extremes consuming the political middle.
Jindal, despite all of his protestations, on the issue of government money, has a track record of taking the middle ground—far left of the strident far right. He is also far right of the ridiculous far left. While that might not make the Tea Party types and ultra-fiscal conservatives happy, as the nation is today, severed by the extremes, Jindal’s pragmatics is not the worse way--for Washington or Louisiana today.
by Stephen Sabludowsky, Publisher of Bayoubuzz.com