Interesting (albeit biased) list of “cons” for Piyush “Bobby” Jindal:
Townhall.com::The GOP Veep List: Pros and Cons::By Michael Medved
CON: Heâ€™s too young, too inexperienced â€“ how can Republicans criticize Obama as unprepared, when Jindal is ten years younger? Actually, this argument ends up turning in Jindalâ€™s favor, since he possesses vastly MORE experience than Obama, particularly in executive positions. In addition to his early triumphs as governor, heâ€™s also won spectacular success in a long series leadership roles â€“ 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 â€“ and praised â€“ 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. Itâ€™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 donâ€™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?
“Behind The Scenes Photos,” LauraIngraham.com, 1 April 2005, http://www.lauraingraham.com/freephotos?action=viewPhotoSet&photoSetID=20 (from CCK)
What to make of this?
“ Marine General John Sattler (Commanding General, I Marine Expeditionery Force [Fallujah]), Laura, and U.S. Senator and Mrs. John Thune (R-SD) talk before the concert on April 1, 2005 at Camp Pendleton.
South Dakotans don’t care about California trips. His peers in the Senate don’t either. What office requires hooking up with influential Republicans from around the country while establishing a national profile?
John Thune is being groomed for running as a Vice Presidential candidate in 2008.
Thune would be a great balancer for McCain, Giuliani, or any other Republican weak on “religious” issues. Senator Thune, besides being a giant-killer, is deeply popular with the religious Right.
John Thune is not the only option for GOP Vice President in 2008. But the party wants him to be a very strong option.
Update: Now The Hotline notices, too. CCK was still first.
“Washington Whispers: Is Anybody Not Running?,” U.S. News and World Report, 11 April 2005, http://www.usnews.com/usnews/politics/whispers/articles/050411/11whisplead_2.htm (from South Dakota Politics).
If for no other reasons that to redeem South Dakota (for giving the world George McGovern) and annoy the South Dakota Left (for saying that only Daschle could have clout), this would be great news
We’ve got more names to add to the growing list of 2008 presidential hopefuls. On the Democratic side, pen in Sen. Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. Allies say his trip south last week was the first of many to red states where he hopes to push his progressive agenda. On the GOP side, add rookie South Dakota Sen. John Thune, who took down former Democratic leader Tom Daschle . Senior Republicans say he’s being groomed for a veep or even presidential run. Include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty . Insiders love his record of balancing the budget, boosting education, and protecting the environment. Finally: ousted Environmental Protection Agency chief Christie Whitman , the former moderate New Jersey guv.
John Thune is a social conservative — Democrat Senator Tim Johnson once called Thune’s supporters “The Taliban Wing of the Republican Party.” Thune would be useful if the party nominates someone not from the religious wing, like Senator McCain or Secretary Rice.
(I’ve said that I don’t want McCain as President, but McCain / Thune would assure me. A Thune pick would show that McCain has sympathy for the Right. Additionally, John is a good guy and immune to charges of hypocrisy.).
Of course, if a movement conservative like Governor Bush wins the ’08 primaries, then Thune would become redundant.
Bush/Rice or McCain/Thune in ’08
Either ticket would be great