According to a number of Republican presidential wannabes, the outcome of the presidential election was a fiasco, a major disaster for the GOP. And the excuses keep pouring in.
Unlike the Presidential debate which was a clear victory for Mitt Romney, the Vice-Presidential debate was not so clear cut.
A year ago he was an intriguing possible choice. Key Romney operatives were putting Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal on their “watch list.” The young Bayou State’s chief executive had conservative stalwarts like Rush Limbaugh and Bill Krystol praising his strong credentials that qualified him to become the Republican vice presidential nominee of choice. But when all was said and done, Jindal‘s actions and inactions rapidly relegated him to a list of second tier candidates.
If Gov. Bobby Jindal does envision a career ahead of him in extremely high national office, potentially the Republican vice presidential candidate pick of former Gov. Mitt Romney of Rep. Paul Ryan presents the most problems possible for that to come to fruition and directly affects his next steps relative to service to the state of Louisiana.
Ryan went a bit against type in becoming (presumptively) only the fourth nominee in the past century from a major party from the House that did not serve in the Senate or as a governor (and the only winner, John Nance Garner who became vice president in 1933, had served as both House Speaker and Minority Leader). In fact, one must go back over a century to find the closest parallel to a choice like Ryan’s: the GOP’s James Sherman who won in 1908 and, like Ryan, was famous for sweeping policy preferences but, like Ryan, was not in the highest leadership positions in the House and/or his party.
Bobby Jindal got squeezed out Saturday morning.
Right now, the road to the White House appears closed to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal except as a visitor to the big house or as a member of the Romney-Ryan administration, should there be one, come November.
Jindal, has arguably and some say obviously campaigned for the Vice President position for years. Others claim his real sights are on the top spot of the ticket, not number two.
With Louisiana facing massive healthcare, education and budget problems while Governor Bobby Jindal has been campaigning for Romney’s vice-president, he might be facing his own personal problem. According to a new poll, among those who actually might vote, he comes in fourth place as the person they want to be the Romney pick.