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Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Pick for McCain

In as much as Barack Obama has in Joe Biden picked a contemporary of John McCain to serve as his running mate, the presumptive Republican nominee should consider selecting the Republican version of Barack Obama as his vice-presidential nominee.

For sure McCain's "short list" is somewhat long.  Former candidate Mitt Romney gets talked about a lot. So do Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Ohio Congressman and Bush Budget Director Rob Portman.  Also on the list are former Pennyslvania Governor and Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut, the 2000 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee. Lately former Secretary of State Colin Powell, an unlikely pick, has also received buzz.

And of course we advocated here for sometime the selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

The challenge for McCain is to find someone who will 1) stay out of trouble, 2) shore up his standing with the base, 3) not scare off moderates as well as disaffected Clinton Democrats, 4) Hold their own against Joe Biden in debates and 5) give him a little Google juice going into the Republican National Convention.

I believe that person is Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal. Here's Jindal on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

Jindal has an interesting background.  He's a first generation immigrant who was born in Baton Rogue while his parents, immigrants from India, were attending Louisiana State University.  At 37 years old, he's the youngest Governor in the US.  He served in the US House of Representatives, where he was Britney Spears' Congressman. Here young people who are fired up over Jindal talk about the Louisiana Governor:

Could you imagine Jindal debating Biden who has referred to Indian Americans as 7-11 and Dunkin' Donuts workers?

More importantly he's an impassioned, articulate, intelligent, dynamic young man.  And he brings a lot to the ticket.  He'd be the only Southerner on the ticket.  Like Biden, he's a Roman Catholic who converted from Hinduism in high school.

He comes from a solid middle class background and worked his way up to the top at a young age.  He has the immigrant experience and if nominated would be the first Asian to be part of a major party ticket.  And he even has somewhat of a resemblance to his namesake, Bobby Kennedy.  A Rhodes Scholar, Jindal is ten years younger than Obama, was born one year before Biden entered the senate.

Unlike Obama, Biden or even McCain, as a Governor, Jindal is a Washington outsider who has solid Conservative credentials. As the child of immigrants himself, he has credibility when calling for immigration reform.

McCain could really fire up the troops, gets lot of press and find a candidate who could appeal to all the important swing votes - without the baggage of a boring white guy like Romney, Portman, Pawlenty, etc.- if he picked Jindal.

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Interesting that the two Jindel people who were from Louisiana didn't have accents whatsoever...

And were PROUDLY Louisiana...I sense a set-up

August 24, 2008 7:45 AM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Oh yeah Mayor Sam, and imagine the scenario if the old geezer McSame kicks the can and we end up with the 38 year old ex Hindu scion of the "American Owned Interstate 10" motel chain as President of the USA.

I don't know MS but I doubt that the US voters would relish that possibility.

But as a Democrat I think it would be a dream ticket for us.

And whatever happened to Condi Rice? Republicans not ready for a black woman as thier VP?

If I was a Republican strategist that's who I would jump on for VP.

OK no more free advice from this Democrat.

August 24, 2008 7:55 AM  

Blogger don quixote said:

Oh by the way, I didn't mean jump on Condi Rice in a sexual way, I meant, I meant, oh forget it, she's supposedly more of a connoisseur of the female persuasion anyway, as I understand it.
And hey man that's OK with me, estoy conti Connie.

August 24, 2008 9:56 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jindel could never be acting Pres as a foreign born person, so it would be a dumb choice and nonstarter. Just because he's the "first Indian" elected to higher office, doesn't mean it would be sane to shove him into Presidency level right away -- that would be even more PC pandering than to have put Obama, who even Biden and Hillary knew wasn't ready.

August 24, 2008 10:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Jindal was born in Baton Rouge...but thanks for playing

August 24, 2008 11:29 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wherever he was born he's a nobody yet, has decades yet to prove himself and this whole post is stupid. Any other nobodies from "underrepresented in government minorities" you PC hacks can scare up, instead of God forbid, a white person or anyone who's most qualified? gimme a break with this race card crap.

August 24, 2008 12:20 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


I don't think calling a Governor of any state a nobody makes you seem intelligent at all...

In fact, it makes you the stupidest fuck on here (which is saying something).

I personally disagree with Bobby's politics, but he is a Governor, and is more of a somebody than you will ever be.

August 24, 2008 12:53 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

So what do we have here -

Someone who didn't read the story that Jindal was born in the US.

Don Quixote making bigoted comments.

Keep it up dum dums!

August 24, 2008 1:48 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Another reason McCain can't pick Romney is he owns too many houses.

August 24, 2008 1:49 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

An interesting fact about Jindal -

When his wife was pregnant with their third child she woke up in the middle of the night already in labor. They couldn't get the ambulance there fast enough so Jindal - who was going to go to medical school - delivered the child himself.

August 24, 2008 1:50 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

7:45 - so what if they don't have accents? The girl has a slight southern twang. They're LSU students so who says that they're LA natives. And the accent you hear in New Orleans is different than other parts of the state. Look at Britney Spears or her sister.

Another thing too - because of television, movies, etc. accents are getting blended and folks are not as isolated so - especially young people - don't have as distinct accents as they used to. As well of course LOTS of people who live down south are from the North or California or other places now.

August 24, 2008 1:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Higby Higby Hippo:

They were wearing Jindal shirts...as for accents of the young...last I checked...Britney still sounded like "Whiskey Tango" (watch Generation Kill whomever does not get that remark)

August 24, 2008 2:43 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"Higby Higby Hippo"

What are you, eight?

August 24, 2008 3:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Another thread about nothing -- about some guy who's accomplished nothing except for his DNA profile, as though there weren't dozens or hundreds of more qualified potential candidates. But fill up space with something when there's nothing new about Lohan or Britney, Higby's other fetishes. Oh yeah, or the Governor with 5 kids and a lumberjack husband in Siberia.

Let's not forget HaikuLA and the blogging burros salivating over Javelin Chick from Paraguay and herself-- and HaikuLA congratulating herself for her tremendous wit, as noticed by one other probably ugly closet-clown.

Maybe Doug McIntyre could feature this on his next show or blog. Next thing you know, your followers will take it as gospel that Jindel and Madonna are an item and running on a ticket comparing McCain to Hitler.

August 24, 2008 4:26 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Jindal's Experience

1. Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals - During his tenure as secretary, Louisiana's Medicaid program went from bankruptcy with a $400 million deficit into three years of surpluses totaling $220 million.

2. Executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare

3. President of the University of Louisiana System

4. Assistant Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services for Planning and Evaluation

5. Representative, Louisiana's 1st congressional district - elected freshman class president and was appointed to the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Committee on Resources, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. He was made vice-chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attacks

6. Governor of Louisiana

He also worked in the private sector at McKinsey & Company, a consulting firm, where he advised Fortune 500 companies.

August 24, 2008 8:13 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jindal is a smart guy. The Katrina disaster helped bring him into the Louisiana governorship. BTW, that Louisiana chick was kinda hot, engaging personality. y'know

August 25, 2008 9:04 PM  

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