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Bobby Jindal throws himself out of the ring
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Louisiana Governor Jindal today said he is not interested in being McCain's VP:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday he will not run for vice president on the Republican ticket, adding himself to a growing number of those pulling themselves out of the race.

Jindal’s comments come as speculation is swirling that John McCain might announce his running mate choice imminently, as a way to draw attention away from Barack Obama’s high-profile overseas trip.

The Louisiana governor told “FOX & Friends” that he’d be “surprised” if the McCain campaign came down with a decision this week. And he threw water on the buzz about his own chances.

“Let me be clear: I have said in every private and public conversation, I’ve got the job that I want. And I’ll say again on air: I’m not going to be the vice presidential nominee or vice president. I’m going to help Senator McCain get elected, as governor of Louisiana,” Jindal said.
He thereby protects his political viability for 2012 if McCain goes under - a distinct possibility. And, he'd actually have some executive experience by then as well (yes, you really have to stretch to call the VP's job "executive experience").

One of the big knocks on Barack Obama is he's really never done anything while in elected office. He's spent 5 of the 10 years he's been a legislator at both a state and national level running for higher office.

Jindal, by stepping out of the race (or even speculation about being in it) demonstrates a commitment to the job for which he was elected and will benefit, in the long run, for doing so.
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But...but...he’s a brown looking can he be a brown looking guy in the party of institutional racism?

Oh, right, he’s probably a...what’s an Indian desert that is brown on outside and white on the inside? Galub Jamun maybe?
Written By: looker
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Jindal is far from the usual politician, he has a real devotion to public service, and it would hurt him personally to feel he went back on a commitment.

I say that despite the fact that I disagree with many of his policies here in Louisiana, and have noted to his fan boys and fan girls how many times he is willing to act in rather weaselly typical politician ways to advance his career and policies. Still, he draws a line responsibly well above the average pol. We should be thankful for that, and why I have felt all along he wouldn’t abandon the rather daunting task of reforming Louisiana’s governance.
Written By: Lance
I’m really, really glad he’s going to stick around. There’s so much work to be done here in Louisiana, and he’s really not experienced/qualified enough (for my taste) to be on a national ticket yet. Although his resume is more impressive than Obama’s...

Related tangent: Read a hilarious story that touches on racial politics in Louisiana today:

Summary: just as it’s totally OK to call Jindal a "maharajah," it would be no big deal to call a black female legislator a "Nubian queen." Nope, nobody ever gets upset about that kind of stuff.
Written By: Robby
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I must not be doing the link right. Here’s the story:
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4 more years for Jindal to dodge national-aspiration killing bombs like the LA Legislature Payraise and Creationism-teaching bills he recently dealt with.

Good luck Bobby....hope you make it through
Written By: shark
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LA Legislature Payraise and Creationism-teaching bills he recently dealt with.
Yeah, well neither of those were his finest hours. Still, he has come out all right, and many have done worse.
Written By: Lance

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