November 5, 2008

CHANGE IS COMING:

In the battered GOP, Jindal still shines (Stephanie Grace, November 04, 2008, The Times-Picayune)

Rather than get dragged into a civil war over the party's post-Bush direction, Jindal stayed above the fray. He vocally supported McCain, but he never got stuck delivering the campaign's increasingly desperate talking points.

At first, it seemed that Jindal might have missed his big break when he skipped his prime time speaking gig at the Republican National Convention to quarterback Louisiana's Gustav response. But his absence just enhanced his brand among party leaders, who, still stinging from President Bush's disastrous handling of Katrina, reveled in Jindal's televised show of competence.

Romney still has loyalists, but his wholesale reinvention since his days in Massachusetts makes him an imperfect conservative standard bearer.

Palin still seems to have a hold on the party base, but Jindal can match her movement conservative credentials, her youth and her non-traditional background. Yet unlike Palin, who ended the season with extraordinarily high negatives, Jindal isn't divisive, and he rarely finds himself in over his head. For conservatives looking to redefine the GOP as smart, conciliatory and idea-oriented, Jindal could easily fit the bill.

Actually, even before today, he was starting to fill it.

Jindal held four fund-raisers for his own re-election bid on the road this fall, in Gainesville, Fla., Houston, Washington and Greenwich, Conn., even though he won't go before voters until 2011.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2008 3:58 PM
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