March 15, 2015

THE STRATEGY HAS TO BE A BID FOR VP...:

Southerner. Wonk. Immigrants' son. Can Bobby Jindal win at every role? (David A. Fahrenthold, March 14, 2015, Washington Post)

Not long ago, the Louisiana governor was the Republican candidate of the future -- the son of immigrants and also a proud product of the Deep South. He is a devout Catholic, an experienced governor and -- in a political sphere dominated by shallow cable-television shouters -- a data-driven Rhodes Scholar.

But now, Jindal sits at about 2 percent in national Republican polls. He has become such an afterthought that he recently resorted to asking himself a "gotcha" question. The media hadn't bothered, and he wanted to stay in the conversation.

For the first time in a life of wild successes, Jindal looks lost. He has applied his trademark work ethic to the task of becoming a better politician, but he has instead wound up looking as if he's trying to be every politician at once. A hawk. A wonk. A tea party rebel. A Christian revivalist. A first-generation American. A Bubba.

In an interview, Jindal rejected the idea that he is failing at his highest ambition. After all, he said, he isn't officially running for president yet.

"We don't have a campaign strategy," Jindal said on the plane. "So it would be too early to change it."


...the tactic ought to be running on the Third Way ideas that have made recent governors and presidents successful, making him a perfect fit on either a Jeb or Walker ticket.  

Posted by at March 15, 2015 7:55 AM
  

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