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            Friday, October 03, 2014

GOP 2016: What about Bobby Jindal?

(This ties-in with yesterday's Jindal post.)

Jindal is smart, experienced, full of ideas, a solid conservative. So why is he so far back?

First, he is still virtually unknown. To the degree that people outside of Louisiana know Jindal, it is for his poorly received — OK, really bad — Republican response to President Obama's first State of the Union address in 2009.

"He's an undervalued stock," says Jindal adviser Timmy Teepell. "The view of the pundit class in DC, who have not seen Jindal on the stump or interacting with voters, is that he's an underdog without much of a shot. They take the simplistic approach — 'the first time I heard of him he gave a bad State of the Union response, so he can't be any good.' Fortunately, DC pundits don't get to decide elections."

Teepell points out that Jindal has won four elections in Louisiana — two for the House and two for the governor's office — all by decisive margins. When he makes his case to voters, he usually succeeds.

the governor "used the political capital from those victories to make much-needed reforms in Louisiana." The adviser ticked them off: government spending cuts, state workforce cuts, income tax cuts, education reform, health care reform. They were all "massive undertakings that required a lot of political capital to be spent — and when you spend political capital, you spend political capital."
But all is not well at home for Jindal in his seventh year as governor. A poll released this week by PPP, a Democratic firm, pegged his job approval rating in Louisiana at just 34 percent, with 55 percent disapproval. (Other polls have also shown low approval ratings, although some have indicated recent improvement.)

In addition, PPP asked about hypothetical presidential matchups between Hillary Clinton and various Republicans in Louisiana. Bush, Cruz, and Paul, as well as Mike Huckabee, all topped Clinton. Jindal, the favorite son, trailed Clinton by a single point, 45 percent to 46 percent.

If a Republican presidential candidate, no matter where he's from, has even a little trouble winning Louisiana, that's bad news.

Teepell points again to Jindal's election wins and explains that the governor "used the political capital from those victories to make much-needed reforms in Louisiana." The adviser ticked them off: government spending cuts, state workforce cuts, income tax cuts, education reform, health care reform. They were all "massive undertakings that required a lot of political capital to be spent — and when you spend political capital, you spend political capital." [Full Examiner]

Going back, at least to Gerald Ford's 1976 election, the media have been increasingly active in doing an Alinsky (e.g. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.” and “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”) on any GOP candidate that even smacks of conservatism.  So the SUCCESSFUL candidate must have exceptional natural appeal, a glib tongue, and a thick skin to overcome all this.  And that's just to get the GOP nomination! That hasn't happened since 1980.

 The New York Times
will, historically,  endorse the GOPe favorite, and that person will never, ever, be a real conservative; nor anyone likely to beat the Democrat.   Also, and for reasons I cannot comprehend, the GOP have allowed, without court challenge,  Democrats to cross-over  and vote in it's primaries.  That's how we got Dole, McCain and Romney. So, if Jindal, or any conservative, can break through all this, then that candidate will almost certainly become president. What are the odds that Jindal will be that person?  I say 30 to 1. 

Jindal is the only candidate (in the race) who even remotely excites me. My only hope is for the GOP to control both the House and the Senate in 2016,  with the Teaparty faction holding the balance of power.  Then there's at least a chance. Fast forward to mid-2017.  If drilling the ANWAR oil fields is about to commence, then we are on the way to recovery.

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"The MSM Rule of Inverse Electoral Correlation:
The closer the presidential race gets, the louder the MSM declares that it’s over. And all this comes even as Clinton has had a terrible week—arguably her worst week ever, as the billowing smoke of financial scandal clouds herself and her family."

Anyone who has been contaminated by Washington politics should be ineligible for the PotUSy.

Rubio is flashy, but flip-floppy and inelectable.
Cruz is ultra and inelectable.
Santorum . . . crickets
Paul the Elder is a fruitcake who's right 40% of the time
McCain is a frat boy constantly on the lookout for a wise-ass remark
West is perceived as a radical
Ryan has no boxtops
Paul the Younger is eccentric and wobbly
Christie is a RINO
Jindal is generally articulate and reasonable, but inelectable
Palin is classic GOP conservative, but anathema to women voters for some odd reason
Bush wears the fraternal taint

That leaves only Portman, a giant "Who?", Martinez, a rookie who changed parties, Thune, who has trouble running, and about three others:

McDonnell -- unknown and bears watching
Kasich -- promising, but unknown
Walker -- probably the best of the lot, a successful governor who gets things done.

Yeah, think I'd go with a Walker/Palin ticket.

Interesting...........I see the Bush family as RINO too and there will be a national resistance to Bush or Clinton.

The perception of "radical" is a liberal one and progressives and RINOS use this label as a knife. I would hope the electorate choose differently during the primary
The GOP will put one of these three on the ticket

Chris Christie
Mitt Romney

Jindal is not good looking enough to be elected. The American Idol watchers are going to vote for the best face-man, not stopping for a second to listen to the message. Traditionally, most American women vote for the sexiest guy. Its a fact. Sorry Bobby. - Anymouse
True. Biggest mistake this country made was giving women (I do love them so, but ...) the vote.

Shouldn't have let em vote or drive. First thing they gave us was prohibition and station wagons. -Anymouse
The suffragettes conspired with the prohibitonnists to give us the Income Tax, Prohibition and Women's Sufferage.

Luigi Palmieri
Jindal's a turd and we hope he leaves Louisiana for greener pastures. Of course, he's term-limited here so that's a good thing.
Jindakl suffers from the "natural born citizen" conundrum, which haunts Cruz and Rubio as well. Just because the Dems want to bury the Constitution doesn't make hiding behind the accusatory term "birther" a legitimate obfuscation of the need to resolve the "natural born" terminology.

Jindal, therefore, would be a ticket strengthening gambit at VP or Energy Secretary (which works for Palin as well).
Trey Gowdy is the complete package . Articulate ; conservative ; good looks for the chicks ; quick wit ; not hesitant to toss out a zinger . I don't understand why he is not on political radar screen ( ? )
tray gaudy? never heerd of him
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