Jindal: Will Not Run For Veep

If John McCain is hoping to pick up a running mate from the exorcist/snake handler wing of the Republican Party, it will not be Bobby Jindal. According to Faux News, Jindal has taken himself out of the running.

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Vetting the veeps--Part II--Bobby Jindal

The second installment of previewing potential running mates will discuss Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.  I'm alternating Democrats and Republicans, and with coverage of Republicans, it's about he (or she) can help or hurt Obama's chances.

So here's the take on Jindal:

1.  He balances the GOP ticket agewise.  He's half McCain's age
and that could alleviate voter worries about McCain's age.

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Primary endgame, VP BBQ

If you love Hillary, you won't love today's Left, Right & Center...but it's a good show, with discussion of Hillary's endgame (I know! don't blame me, I am just the messenger!), McCain's age, health and Veepstakes, Obama's gaffe and lastly, Bob blames Bush for high oil prices. We'd love to hear your comments, tune in to the podcast anytime, the live stream at 2:30 and 7 pm pacific time, or listen later on-demand at KCRW.com. (Oh yeah: in SoCal, we're on air, too! We are a radio station, after all! 89.9 FM and other frequencies.)

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Jindal: "I've given her protection from demons"

The new Republican governor of Louisiana is, one must admit, very impressive in some respects, being not only a young man with obvious intellectual gifts in the practical sphere (if not the theoretical one), but also that rare breed of modern Republican who actually wants to fix a couple of those things which everyone agrees ought to be fixed - Louisiana, for instance. Moreover, he's being seriously considered by McCain as a possible running mate, and is in fact meeting with the Maverick at his Maverick Straight Talk Honesty Ranch on this very day.

This is all well and good, but it does not change the fact that Bobby Jindal also believes that demons regularly possess Christians for presumably nefarious purposes, and that in such cases, the only cure is a prompt and well-attended exorcism.

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McCain Meeting With 3 Possible VPs

NYT has the scoop:

Senator John McCain is planning to meet this weekend with at least three potential Republican running mates at a gathering at his ranch in Arizona, suggesting that he is stepping up his search for a vice president now that the Democratic contest appears basically decided, according to Republicans familiar with Mr. McCain's plans.

Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts and a one-time rival for the Republican nomination, have all accepted invitations to visit with Mr. McCain at his ranch in Sedona, these Republicans said.

Have to say, I'd be shocked if McCain picked Romney. While it's possible he could help in the West by energizing the Mormon vote in states like Nevada, he'd probably be a drag on the ticket overall given his image as a flip flopper - not to mention that the two men really dislike each other. If Romney is VP, seems to me it's an indication that McCain isn't really pulling the strings, and felt overwhelming pressure to put him there.

Jindall is an appealing figure for Republicans because he's young and doesn't fit the Republican white male stereotype, but every time I've seen him speak he's seemed incredibly wooden and lacking in charisma. With Lousiana safe for the Repubs, I don't see what he brings to the table other than a cynical attempt to counter Obama's multicultural appeal.

Overall, Crist is probably the likeliest prospect out of the three, but he has potential problems of his own with the right-wing religious base.

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