March 31, 2008


Bobby Jindal -- Change You Can Believe In (Erick Erickson, 03/31/2008, Human Events)

The contrast between Barack Obama and Bobby Jindal could not be more stark. On the campaign trail this year, Obama serves up messages of hope and change. Last year, running for Governor of Louisiana, Jindal did the same. But Obama’s hope and change consists of platitudes. Jindal’s hope and change was premised on detailed plans and policy roadmaps to move people forward, get Louisiana on the road to recovery, and end the boom-bust economic cycles. Entering his fourth month in office, Jindal’s change has already proved to be change we can believe in.

Governor Jindal is a master of new media. To demonstrate the point, I was among a number of bloggers invited to dinner at the Governor’s Mansion last week for a mostly off the record chat. As we sat around the table, Jindal shared some of his ideas and his vision for Louisiana. To hear Jindal talk, you appreciate how rare a breed of politician he is -- a policy wonk who can relate the policies to people’s pocketbooks.

“We did a survey of business leaders before entering office and found that the top three issues for them were ethics, taxes, and workforce. That helped us build our agenda,” the Governor said. Almost immediately after his swearing in, Jindal called a special session of the Louisiana Legislature to push through an ethics reform package. Getting almost everything he wanted from the session, Louisiana went from being one of the bottom 5 states in the nation on government ethics to the top state in the nation, according to several public interest watch dog groups. (As amazing as it sounds, before this year there was no prohibition in Louisiana against state legislators doing business with the state, nor were there significant disclosure requirements for elected officials and lobbyists.)

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2008 8:52 AM

You said: "But Obama’s hope and change consists of platitudes."

Unbelievable! Have you read his blue print for change? How can a respected blogger like you make such an absurd claim?

Posted by: K. Adu at April 1, 2008 9:55 AM

Instead of asking whether someone has "read his blue print for change", why don't you enumerate some of what you consider non-platitudinous proposals? Perhaps because when the man gets beyond platitudes, all he can serve up is what the Hard-Left and Black Power supremacists have been trying to foist on us since the '60s.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 1, 2008 10:37 AM

Respected? I deny the accusation.

Blueprint? Even the name is a platitude.

Posted by: oj at April 1, 2008 12:36 PM

On a tangent, Shakespeare had a constable called Elbow who would say "respected" instead of "suspected", and became very irate when someone he arrested claimed that he (Elbow) was "respected with his wife before they were married."

Posted by: Just John at April 1, 2008 6:53 PM