March 20, 2014
THE PERFECT VP:
The Unshackling of Bobby Jindal : An undervalued and often overlooked potential 2016 candidate seeks to seize the moment by embracing a more aggressive posture. (David Catanese March 19, 2014, US News)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2014 8:03 PMJindal finds himself at a unique moment in Republican politics and he appears eager to seize it, with a chance at capitalizing on the stumbles and distractions of his potential future rivals for the presidency.On the list of Republican governors eyeing the White House, Jindal's name usually appears toward the bottom. He lacks the edgy attitude of Christie, the magnetic backslapping charisma of Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, and the freshness of Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.Polling bears out Jindal's second-tier status. He dwells in the single digits in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire and captured just 2 percent at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll, good enough to tie for eighth place. In last weekend's Northeast Republican Leadership Conference straw poll - where he was the featured Friday evening dinner speaker - he mustered only enough support to finish sixth. [...]A Rhodes Scholar who ran the Louisiana's Department of Health in his 20s, Jindal has long lived with the reputation as the brainiest guy in the room. Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist writes in his new book that at a retreat for prospective vice presidential candidates at Sen. John McCain's ranch in 2008, Jindal quickly turned idle small talk into a serious policy discussion. Columnist Kathleen Parker has dubbed Jindal "the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear power plant."