Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Declines McCain's Offer To Ruin His Political Life
Louisiana Governor and rising Republican star Bobby Jindal was never officially vetted by the McCain campaign as a serious vice-presidential candidate because, we were told, "of his desire to continue on with his current job, to which he was elected just one year ago."
We didn't buy it then either.
Nobody wants to stay in Louisiana that badly.
So it comes as no surprise that a week after John McCain handily lost the election to Barack Obama, the real reasons Jindal declined the old man's VP vetting offer began trickling out (unlike say, economic wealth).
Turns out Mr. Bobby Jindal and his political team were freaked out that Jindal "might actually wind up the pick," and be caught up "a less-than-stellar campaign that could pin a loss on Jindal without much ability to change or control the direction of the contest."
I guess you could say they had a feeling, a hunch if you will, that McCain wasn't exactly riding the straight-talk express to victory.
And J-Dal wasn't about to go down with this sinking ship.
The logic of course being that if Jindal decided to run in 2012, he would be free of any taint of George W. Bush or John McCain.
And America could see him for who he really is: A 36-year old Indian-American with a baby face who is "100 percent anti-abortion with no exceptions," opposes stem cell research, gay marriage, and like many of his GOP cohorts, most progress in general.
Hey, come to think of it, he kind of reminds me of another young, good looking conservative on the Republican fast-track to success.
Before she became McCain's running mate and launched her new career as a stand-up comedian, that is.
Word is her new one-woman comedy routine "Going Rogue: Sarah Palin's Task From God" is a smashing success.