Bobby Jindal for Veep

Interesting (albeit biased) list of “cons” for Piyush “Bobby” Jindal:

Townhall.com::The GOP Veep List: Pros and Cons::By Michael Medved
CON: He’s too young, too inexperienced – how can Republicans criticize Obama as unprepared, when Jindal is ten years younger? Actually, this argument ends up turning in Jindal’s favor, since he possesses vastly MORE experience than Obama, particularly in executive positions. In addition to his early triumphs as governor, he’s also won spectacular success in a long series leadership roles – as executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare, Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, President of the Louisiana State University System (at the ludicrously young age of 26!), Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services (unanimously confirmed – and praised – in a bipartisan vote of the US Senate), and two terms in the House of Representatives (including service on the House Committee on Homeland Security and re-election with 88% of the vote). Nothing in the Obama resume comes close to any of this. It’s true that I started promoting Jindal for Veep on my radio show nearly a year ago (before he even won election as governor) and, frankly, I don’t see serious negatives to his candidacy.

The article goes onto discuss John Thune, who I saw being groomed three years ago as a running mate for John McCain.

But there’s no imaginable way that someone elected to the Senate in 2004 is ready for national office, right?

12 thoughts on “Bobby Jindal for Veep”

  1. We need Jindal in LA. Closing the gap there is more important than a VP slot when he could run for president in 2012 or 2016.

    I do like the idea of the CT governor Jodi Rell getting a good look. He could also consider Joe Lieberman as well, not to mention Rick Santorum (more reasonable than Huckabee one could argue) or Mark Sanford.

    I find the criticism of Crist sad, as besides his terrible state hurricane fund idea, he seems to be doing a fine job as governor of Florida in what is a very difficult time for that state.

    Jeb Bush is always the great “What If?” of Bush family politics. Its a shame he won’t get the chance to further serve his country in politics, unless he were willing take a bit of a demotion to run against Bill Nelson in FL in the future (which would be a great GOP pick up).

    Now if its Romney, I would watch the VP debate with Webb and tape it for years to come. The crash and burn would be classic.

  2. “But there’s no imaginable way that someone elected to the Senate in 2004 is ready for national office, right?”

    At least Barack, unlike a certain Piyush what’s-his-face, can promote himself without having to adopt an Angle sounding nickname for the sole purpose of not scaring his base away.

  3. Jeffrey’s comment combines ignorance and bigotry in a really refreshing way.

    Jeffrey, could you say more about the unsuitability of those with “English names” for positions of responsibility?

  4. “Jeffrey, could you say more about the unsuitability of those with “English names” for positions of responsibility?”

    Did I say that? I was just saying that there is a reason as to why Piyush Jindal isn’t using the first name given by his parents, and chances are that it is because it isn’t marketable to his voting base, as unfortunate as it may be.

    I do hope you know that Bobby/Robert isn’t his real name.

    What is refreshing about my ignorance and bigotry BTW? I mean, I was ignorant to the fact that he got the nickname to the Brady Bunch until just now, but I doubt there isn’t a reason as to why he doesn’t campaign with his real name.

  5. Jeffrey,

    Agreed on the ignorance.

    I wonder what your hostilit towards English names is.

    I do enjoy these first signs of xenophobia from the left, as exemplified by your comment. It would be interesting if liberals’ hostility toward English names (I assume foreigners should know their place) helps alienate these groups from liberals in the same way that Islamophobia has alienated Muslims from the Republicans.

  6. “I wonder what your hostilit towards English names is.”

    Well, I don’t think it is a hostility towards English names as it is disappointment towards not using one’s parent given name, or at least legal name, when campaigning. I just have a big suspicion that Jindal, or jaded strategist in his campaign, feel his real name is too foreign sounding for the electorate of Louisiana.

    If I were him, I would take the same pride in Piyush as I do my English sounding name Jeffrey. I don’t see what is reverse xenophobic about that as you suggest.

  7. Your logic appears to be

    a) Many immigrants and their families have a weird folkway when it comes to names
    b) This folkway disappoints and confuses me
    c) Therefore, suspicion should be raised for those immigrants and their families when it comes to their seeking high office

  8. In that case, I will consider both the chance that their is a folkway at work and that he is being strategical. I guess you have convinced me to withhold judgment on the matter as to the reasoning behind it, but bigotry? I am still not convinced.

  9. That he chose it at 5 doesn’t imply something?

    Heavens, the world laughed at the Hillary campaign when they suggested that Obama was running for President since kindergarten!

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