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April 8, 2008
POLITICS: The Good Fight

Over at RedState, a look at two GOP governors who have stood their ground. First, Bobby Jindal, the man Barack Obama only pretends to be. Jindal's needed too badly in Louisiana to run on a national ticket just yet, but he will someday - he's my age, 35 years younger than John McCain and a decade younger than Obama. Then there's a guy who maybe isn't on McCain's radar for a running mate or Cabinet post, but perhaps should be: Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri (Carcieri supported Romney in the primaries). Carcieri's not young, glamorous, well-known, from a swing state or a dynamic speaker, but he's a solid, businesslike grownup, a tax-cutting pro-lifer and - like McCain - an Iraq War supporter but not unqualified supporter of the Bush Administration's handling of the war (here's Carcieri in Iraq), who has been elected to two terms as governor of an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and could bring the private-sector experience McCain lacks, plus he could presumably help McCain reach out to Italian voters in key states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey. On video, he sort of reminds me of Al Franken, but with Cheneyesque business-like gravitas.

I'm not saying he should be the first pick; McCain has a number of good people to choose from, and they all need careful vetting and a weighing of the pros, the cons and how personally comfortable McCain will be with them as his #2. But one for the list.

UPDATE: More here on Jindal.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 9:24 AM | Politics 2008 | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Coincidentally, both Jindal and Carcieri are Brown University grads.

Posted by: Andrew Koch at April 8, 2008 12:14 PM

"Cheneyesque business-like gravitas"? Cheney is nuts. He looks like someone who's about to pull the plug on someone at the nursing home. Just because he does so with a serious and straight face does not mean he has gravitas. Is your observation evidence that Cheney has his own cult of personality?

Posted by: steve at April 8, 2008 1:30 PM

Jindal is the real deal. If not this time around, he'll be running on the presidential ticket soon enough.

Posted by: Bobby Jindal for Vice President at April 8, 2008 2:34 PM

Steve, is your observation/diagnosis about the Vice President based on any psychological or psychiatric background that you profess to have attained, or is it a product of the Daily Kos? Have you personally examined the Vice President in a medical setting in order to back-up your claim? (If so, you are violating doctor/patient privacy, but I digress).

I don't have a problem with you disagreeing with the Vice President in regard to political policies, but you are claiming that he is not rational, if I understand the implication of "nuts". In any event, if the best you can do is offer cheap insults with no proof other than your opinion, I'll have to disregard what you are saying.

Maybe you'd have been better off to actually try to analyze the fitness of Governors Jindal or Carcieri, but I guess real thinking is not an option when you are so given to fits of emotion. For instance, taking the Vice President out of the equation, since he is really not relevant at this point, do you have any real problem with the qualifications/accomplishments etc. of either of them?

Posted by: NRA Life Member at April 8, 2008 3:46 PM

Not to sound like an Obamagirl, but if we are ever lucky enough to have Jindal as President, then I will regret the concept of term limits.

Posted by: Alex at April 9, 2008 10:24 AM

I've met Dick Cheney; I was a guest at his daughter Liz's wedding. Granted that the situation was one calling for graciousness and good cheer, he seemed to me a very likable person. (The situation did not account for the behaior of all; Lynn seemed like a total [as Barbara Bush would say, it rhymes with "rich"].

His behavior in office makes him nothing les than a war criminal who has doen more damage to the constitution than nayone since Jeff Davis.

BTW, Jindal was a memebr of congress for less than two terms and has been governor of a backwater state for less than 6 months. Yup. He's qualified to be VP. What's the matter? Is Dan Quayle busy?

Posted by: Magrooder at April 9, 2008 8:48 PM

Oh. Jindal wants to teach "intelligent design" in public schools. Brown must be so proud.

Posted by: Magrooder at April 9, 2008 8:57 PM

I have no doubt that Jindal has the capability to be President or VP, as he's demonstrated throughout his decade of public service, from running Louisiana's healthcare system, to his tenure at HHS, to the relief efforts he organized during Katrina, to his initial accomplishments as Governor. But I'm in no rush to push him ahead of his time; that's not the Republican Way. By 2016 he'll have completed two terms cleaning out the Augean stables of Louisiana politics, and if he continues to do the kind of things he has done so far, he'll be the commanding frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination. The guy is that good.

Posted by: The Crank at April 9, 2008 9:16 PM
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