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April 30, 2008


Bobby Jindal was on Jay Leno last night and while he’s personable, smart, well-spoken and generally awesome, he completely doesn’t work on late-night.** And I love that about him. Anyone who works a little too well on late-night shows, cough Huckabee cough, risks coming off clownish. I hope Jindal goes far.

**Jindal did get off one really great line when Leno asked “your father wanted you to be a doctor, how did you get into politics, the sleaziest profession of all?” and Jindal responded “that and Hollywood.” Stick it, Leno.

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The only Republicans who really excite me in the party are him and Sarah Palin. It’s hard to have the patience to wait for either of them to run, and I don’t think McCain would choose either one as VP.

Posted by: it's vintage, duh at April 30, 2008 at 6:41 pm

If you think Huck is a clown, what does it say about the GOP that he came in second in the primaries despite most of his opponents, like your boy Rudy, Romney and Thompson, having superior cash and name recognition ? Huck has something of a future which can’t be said about most of the rest of the field.
Jindal may have some of the problems Obama faces. You can’t say well Obama is a Muslim and then get upset when the Jindal is a Hindu line gets fired back. He’d also get a bit of the Jerry Brown-Henry A. Wallace “you are strange” line of questioning. Tell us about demons and possessions, Gov. Jindal (and yeah the guy wrote about them). Unfair? Probably but not unexpected.

Posted by: Von Bek at April 30, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Von Bek,
I love Rudy but I do believe I spent the last two years saying he couldn’t win. Loudly and often. If there was anyone that was aware he had no future in the national Republican party, you know it was me. As for Romney and Thompson, they were both “stop McCain” candidates to me.
Huck has a future because there were no other even halfway viable social con. And he’s well-spoken. But he would crumble under any real pressure and that’s why he’s not our nominee today.
Jindal may face some of the same questions as Obama, but I believe he’ll have better answers. Anyway, I’m not saying he should be a VP choice or even candidate in 4 years if McCain loses or doesn’t run again. I’d like to see him stay in LA for 8 years and clean up the mess in that state first. I’d like to see tested candidates. I don’t want us to have an Obama situation on our hands.

Posted by: Karol at April 30, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Jindal seems like the real deal to me. As to his racial/religious background, hey, I don’t think the Subcontinental vote in Louisiana has carried him this far, even if it should turn out it votes with it’s race 80-90% of the time, so maybe he really could be a race-transcending figure….
(FWIW, he’s waaaay too socially conservative for me, but he’s the good kind of conservative too – small government, that is – so I’ll take it.)

Posted by: Mark Poling at May 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm
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