October 22, 2008
Jindal Makes a Political Power Play (Chris Cillizza, 10/22/08, Washington Post: The Fix)
On its face, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to appear in an ad endorsing state Treasurer John Kennedy in his challenge to Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't that big a surprise.
After all, Jindal is the Republican governor of the state and Kennedy is his party's Senate nominee.
But, those familiar with Jindal's career -- marked almost entirely by a desire to avoid the appearance of partisanship -- see the endorsement as a sign of Jindal's long term ambitions, ambitions that could include a White House bid down the line.
They point out that this is the first race Jindal has waded into since becoming governor in 2007 (he took a pass on endorsing in any of the primary runoffs that year), and that by aggressively vouching for Kennedy he is putting his popularity and reformer brand to the test in a highly visible way.
Apropos the Tony Blankley piece below, the Zeus worshippers face a real problem in 2012, where the GOP frontrunners are all candidates of the Religious Right: Jeb Bush, Sarah Palin & Bobby. Who are they going to run? Mitt & Rudy again? Posted by Orrin Judd at October 22, 2008 7:03 PM