While the country waits for former Governor Mitt Romney to name his Vice Presidential pick, one name that keeps coming to my mind is two-term Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Voters who don’t have the time or inclination to research a candidate will find ample positive press with a simple “google” search. A quick reading of the wikipedia that bears his name (although a dubious website source at times), shows an accomplished, smart, successful man, except for the loss to Democrat Kathleen Blanco for Governor in 2003. Jindal bounced right back by serving in the US House of Representatives from 2005-2008. He is a strong conservative, with both executive and legislative experience on the state and national level.
What’s more, and I hate to say it, but it would take the air out of the Democrats’ “all white GOP” balloon: Jindal is a 1st generation Asian, whose parents immigrated here from India, and who converted from Hinduism to Christianity. Jindal could also destroy the Democrats’ “he’s dumb” tactic with his impressive resume after graduating from a magnet high school (from Wikipedia):
He competed in tennis tournaments, started a computer newsletter, a retail candy business, and a mail-order software company. He spent his free time working at the concession stands during LSU football games. Jindal was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University, guaranteeing him a place in medical school. He was interested in public policy. Jindal also completed a second major in biology. He graduated in 1991 at the age of 20, with honors in both majors.
Jindal was named a member of the 1992 USA Today All-USA Academic Team. He was accepted by both Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, but studied at New College, Oxford, as a Rhodes Scholar. He received an M.Litt. degree in political science with an emphasis in health policy from the University of Oxford in 1994 for his thesis “A needs-based approach to health care”. He turned down an offer to study for a D.Phil. in politics, instead joining the consulting firm McKinsey & Company.
But perhaps the secret sabre Jindal could wield is his first hand experience with Pres. Obama over the BP oil spill of 2010. Jindal was not shy in attacking Pres. Obama’s handling of the disaster. In his book, Leadership and Crisis (collaborated with Peter Schweizer, who advised Gov. Palin regarding crony capitalism, and author of Throw Them All Out) Jindal gives a powerful critique of the way Pres. Obama politicized the oil spill.
And just yesterday, Breitbart.com reported that Gov. Jindal gave a “blistering attack” on Pres. Obama during the RedState 2012 conference in Florida, making an Obama-Occupy Wall Street connection:
I think this election is about two different views of America’s future and the President’s view–where he talks about class warfare and dividing us–to me, sounds a lot like Occupy Wall Street, where people believe they are entitled to each other’s property. I think the American Dream is different from that. I think in America, you’re not entitled to equal outcomes. You are entitled to equal opportunity. And that is what I think this election is really about, to preserve that American Dream for our children, and the way to do that is not through more government spending, more taxes, more borrowing. Instead, it’s about going back to a limited federal government that lives within its means.
This is what Gov. Palin has been talking about: the need to fundamentally restore all that is great about the USA. And not be afraid to confront the Obama administration–especially with the truth.
Until Gov. Romney texts to everyone who downloaded the “VP app” to their phones, Jindal himself told Breitbart.com who his Vice Presidential pick would be: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).
“If we are serious about reducing government spending and balancing our budget, and if we’re serious about moving this country forward, we have to have to tackle Medicare reform…(with) a premium support model. Paul Ryan has been specific, bold, courageous in his budget plans, embracing premium support for Medicare, talking about what we’ve got to do with entitlement spending. We need to cut federal spending…too many politicians are too scared to talk about it. Paul Ryan is not. I think that choice would send a strong message that this is a priority for President-Elect Romney….”
While Gov. Jindal was breaking his “Governor/Executive rule” when selecting a VP, he did so because of the need for bold reform. (Sound familiar?) “These two candidates are so different at the top … This election won’t be about personalities or Vice Presidents, ” said Jindal. “This election is about do you want more government spending and borrowing? Do you want more of the last four years? Or do you want a growing private sector economy? Do you want to cut taxes and cut government spending?”