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Bobby Jindal
Posted by: Jon Henke on Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Intellectuals and libertarians haven't had a lot of good things to say about many current Republican politicians (for good reasons, I think), so I'm heartened to see that Megan McArdle was impressed by Bobby Jindal...
I saw Bobby Jindal talk last week at the National Press Club. He's being widely touted as McCain's potential running mate, though I agree with Ross that this would be a mistake—for Jindal. No one should run for office this year as a Republican who doesn't have to.

Mostly I was incredibly impressed. He looks like the president of the high school chess club, so it's something of a shock to my elitist coastal ears to hear a rich good-old-boy southern accent issuing from him. But he's a hell of a talker, and most of what he says actually makes sense.
She goes on to point out his very significant accomplishments in Louisiana.

Frankly, we need more of that. The Right has plenty of politicians who can hit the limited government, accountability, reform cliches, but we have a distinct lack of Republican politicians who know how to turn those cliches into actual limited government, accountability and reform.

ADDING: The Right needs more Bill Buckley Republicans and fewer Boss Hogg Republicans. Bobby Jindal is a promising step in the right direction.
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Sounds like a promising up and comer. I’m not sure jumping into this election cycle would be a good idea for him or the party. Let him build a record and gain some valuable experience.
Written By: markm
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Not so fast. I’m a big Jindal fan, and I’ve got the yard signs to prove it from his House and gubernatorial campaigns. I’ve done my time in the phone banks and worked to get out the vote for him. But there’s been a disturbing development with regard to his ethics reform. A last minute wording change to "clear and convincing" substantially gutted his reforms. He pled ignorance; something that I have a really hard time buying because the man is not at all stupid and he’s certainly got people who should be able to explain it to him.

Louisiana Republicans just voted against changing it to "substantial" which would have put some teeth back into it.
There is nothing more important right now in La than real ethics reform; we’re not going to get anything else accomplished if we don’t have that. If Jindal chooses to go for show rather than substance by not fixing this problem, I’m going to be very disappointed.
Written By: Laura
The thing with Jindal is that he’s socially conservative in a non-libertarian way. I don’t think he puts much emphasis on it, but for possible supporters who don’t think the government should be banning gay marriage, his positions aren’t totally perfect.
Libertarians can find a bunch of his economic policies to like, however.
Written By: Zeno
Yeah, unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of perfect choices.
Written By: Jon Henke

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