October 21, 2007


Son of Indian immigrants is elected governor of La.: Post-Katrina ire aids Republican (Adam Nossiter, October 21, 2007, New York Times News Service)

Bobby Jindal, a conservative Republican congressman from the New Orleans suburbs and the son of immigrants from India, was elected Louisiana's governor yesterday, inheriting a state suffering well before Hurricane Katrina left lingering scars two years ago.

Jindal, 36, defeated three challengers in an open primary, becoming this state's first nonwhite governor since a Reconstruction-era figure briefly held the office 130 years ago. [...]

Yet Jindal, with his decisive victory yesterday, appears to have overcome a significant racial hurdle that blocked him in 2003, according to analysts: race-based opposition in the deeply conservative northern and eastern parishes of Louisiana that once supported the Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.

The Jeb/Jindal ticket immediately becomes the most powerful in american politics.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2007 9:10 AM

"Aryans," white, remember? Pretty silly, isn't it?

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 21, 2007 9:29 AM

Or, OJ, he could be the new century's Harold Stassen.

Posted by: Dave W at October 21, 2007 9:38 AM

Sometimes you have no choice but to outsource to India.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at October 21, 2007 10:27 AM

Without Katrina NO and LA would still be dominated by the Dem machine. Any solid GOPer would have taken the LA seat.

Posted by: AWW at October 21, 2007 11:08 AM

Too bad the nitwit reporter Melinda Deslatte can't get past the politically correct melanin labeling. I guess we should be grateful for small favors, at least she didn't label him an African-American. Here's a clue Melinda, East Indians are Caucasian (that means white).

Posted by: erp at October 21, 2007 11:44 AM

Sorry, the author of this article is Adam Nossiter, but he comes from the same school of reportage as Melinda. Will we ever be spared of these folks?

Posted by: erp at October 21, 2007 11:47 AM

This nativist/yahoo/racist/wacko (in the eyes of the folks around here) looks forward to one day casting a vote for Jindal for President.

Posted by: Rick T. at October 21, 2007 11:51 AM


You may be correct, but Jindal's voting record and stated position on immigration is "Tankredist".

Posted by: h-man at October 22, 2007 3:47 AM

LA isn't America. It's barely American.

Posted by: oj at October 22, 2007 6:29 AM

Any solid GOPer would have taken the LA seat.

If that were the case, the Republicans should have swept the election. They lost to Landrieu and are headed to runoffs for two other races.

Posted by: R. Alex at October 22, 2007 9:28 AM

LA isn't America. It's barely American.

Oh look, the New Englanders still want to tell the rest of us what constitutes "American". Been going on since 1630.

Posted by: Brandon at October 22, 2007 6:45 PM

And you've taken the guidance fairly well, except those Frenchies...

Posted by: oj at October 22, 2007 10:36 PM