Bobby Jindal Wants to be President. Fat Chance.
Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has his eyes on the White House.
Problem is, he cannot divorce his ambitions from his history as governor of Louisiana.
Washington Post reporter Dana Mikbank cleverly captures Jindal’s plight– and his worn-out tactic of ignoring pointed questions posed to him by the press– in a February 9, 2015, opinion piece. The online version is entitled, Bobby Jindal’s Unpleasant Record. However, I prefer the title given to the paper version (printed on February 10): A Broken Record, in More Ways Than One:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal took his presidential campaign-in-waiting to Washington on Monday trailed by an unwelcome, unsavory and downright unpleasant companion: his record.
The interloper followed the Louisiana Republican into the St. Regis Hotel and crashed his breakfast meeting with three dozen reporters, at which Jindal planned to make the case to do for America what he did for Louisiana.
Dave Cook of the Christian Science Monitor, the breakfast host, quickly acknowledged the presence of Jindal’s uninvited guest by pointing out that, for all of Jindal’s claims that he’s a champion of education, a study found that public universities in Louisiana had suffered the deepest cuts per student in the nation under Jindal.
The governor replied by talking about teacher salaries, taxes, state credit upgrades, the state payroll, private-sector job growth — just about everything other than what he had been asked about.
Alexis Simendinger of RealClearPolitics made another reference to Jindal’s unwanted but omnipresent sidekick by observing that he had taken the state from a billion-dollar surplus to a $1.6 billion budget deficit.Jindal responded with a four-minute filibuster, repeating his points about the state payroll, credit upgrades and private-sector job growth. For good measure, he tossed in statistics about graduation rates, official ethics, population growth — even low-birth-weight babies spending less time in neonatal intensive-care units. “Great for those babies, great for taxpayers,” Jindal said.
It was the equivalent of a homeowner dismissing the significance of his foreclosure by noting that he had done a fine job tending the flower beds.
The rest of Milbank’s online version can be seen by clicking here. The artitcle also includes select trevails by other notable White-House-hopeful republican governors, including Chis Christie of New Jersey, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, and Rick Perry of Texas.
I prefer the paper version of the article, which can be read below by zooming in.
Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.