Quin Hillyer sings the praises of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and thinks he should consider a bid for the 2012 GOP nomination in light of his convincing re-election over the weekend.
However, there’s one thing that stands between Jindal and a White House bid – his endorsement of Rick Perry. Hillyer writes:
Jindal already has endorsed Rick Perry for president. Party leaders still looking to recruit another candidate might want to consider convincing him to renege on that endorsement. This nomination battle is still volatile enough for one more candidate to blow into the race with hurricane force tailwinds.
Methinks that Jindal bailing on Perry would be spitting in the wind with a good chance of a gust blowing back in his face. I realize that alliances in politics aren’t set in stone but Jindal didn’t just endorse Perry, he’s acted as a surrogate on his behalf. As recently as nine days ago, Jindal was on Meet the Press lauding Perry’s “proven track record” and his credentials as “a consistent conservative.” If Jindal were to run now he would make himself vulnerable to criticism of not being loyal and not meaning what he says. Under those circumstances, if I were running for office I would be disinclined to seek an endorsement from Jindal if his support is going to be a mile wide and an inch deep.
Now if Perry were to abruptly exit the race then it would be a different matter. But despite a rough campaign, Perry has been doing a solid job of fundraising. Perry is in it for the long haul and Jindal has to stick by him for better or for worse.
Bobby Jindal is a bright guy whose best days are probably still ahead of him. I would like to think he’s too smart to jump into the race on a whim.
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