“I think he worked very hard, and I think he did a commendable job.” – former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco (D) on Governor Bobby Jindal’s performance during Hurricane Gustav.
In her Pajamas Media article, Bridget Johnson of the Rocky Moutain News thinks the smarter choice for McCain’s VEEP would have been Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Like Gov. Palin he would have brought youth and energy to the ticket, except with a substantial policy portfolio that includes:
- Homeland Security, as a member of the corresponding House Committee and as vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks.
- Education, as President of the Louisiana State University system.
- Healthcare, as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation, Director of the National Bipartisan Commission on Medicare, an as Budget Director for the Louisiana Department of Health an Hospitals.
- Business and the Economy, as a consultant for Fortune 500 Companies.
- Emergency Management, as Governor of Louisiana during Hurricane season.
The Ivy League-educated and Oxford Rhodes scholar also has the propensity for governmental reform and has demonstrated himself as slasher of wasteful spending. Early this year, he delivered on his promise to veto pay increases for legislators and has established some of the toughest ethics laws in the nation.
The reasons Sen. McCain overlooked him were obvious. First, Gov. Jindal may have been a liability during hurricane season; the MSM would have intensely and incessantly focused on his performance. Second, though he would have revved up the conservative base, his candidacy couldn’t have created the positive effect of pulling women voters from Sen. Clinton’s camp.
Nevertheless, he would have personified Sen. McCain’s maverick status as a young and unconventional pick, and his leadership in the “eye of the storm” (Hurricane Gustav) would have overturned the conventional wisdom of bureaucratic red tape, and would have effectively reduced Sen. Obama’s “politics of hope” as a mere pipe dream. Jindal is already leading in reality.