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Louisiana’s governor, on the move in ‘Bama.
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All of which helps explain why Jindal is increasingly mentioned as a potential running mate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. And for good reason.
To be sure, there are some things Jindal could improve. His handshake should be firmer. Too many of his speech lines are clichés (e.g. his father talking about walking to school uphill both ways). Too many conservative activists in Louisiana say the Jindal administration does a poor job returning phone calls. Listen hard enough, and a number of other small complaints burble up.
Nonetheless, most of these criticisms amount to small potatoes. Jindal is a superb debater, deeply knowledgeable about public policy at both state and federal levels, an excellent crisis manager, a good-humored advocate, and an expert in health-care policy (and creative champion of solutions) in a year when, after the Supreme Court rules on Obamacare, health care could well be the campaign’s single biggest issue.
The point here, though, is not to promote Jindal for veep. The point is to assess him as a still-rising star of the conservative movement. The verdict from everyone to whom I spoke on Thursday evening was that his speech was boffo — at worst a solid B, perhaps as good as an A-minus, borderline straight-A. His personal friendliness is almost off the top end of the charts. And his policy successes in 17 years of appointive and elective public life are far more than merely considerable.
Best of all is that his wonkishness does not translate into a desire for wonks to solve all our problems. “What makes America so great,” he said in his speech, “is not another government program.”
Bobby Jindal is all about individual freedom and opportunity. His life story shows the magic of both.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?