Gov. Piyush Jindal had barely recovered from the bitter disappointment of being snubbed for a spot on Mitt Romney’s ticket than he was off and running for yet another national office—that of president.
His preference these days seems to be anything to avoid addressing the real problems that face Louisiana.
For a man who insists that he has the job he wants, he certainly seems to devote a minimal amount of time doing it.
Jindal’s travel miles this year alone have surpassed those of the James Brown extended post mortem farewell tour of a few years back.
Piyush is on the road again more than Willie Nelson.
His campaign appearances rival in number those of President Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney combined—and he’s not even an official candidate for anything. Yet.
He has the job he wants, which apparently is making more public appearances than the Harlem Globetrotters.
He’s more difficult to locate than Sasquatch.
When it comes to answering reporters’ questions, Jindal makes the late Marcel Marceau seem like a chatterbox.
So now, with the sound and fury of the vice presidential selection process behind him, he goes and gets himself picked to head up the Republican Governors Association next year—a job that will no doubt necessitate his absence from the state even more, if that’s possible.
The position is a plum in that it theoretically gives him a leg up on the Republican president nomination in 2020 (or 2016, should Romney lose in November).
He will chair the organization in 2013 and will be followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie the following year. The post is considered a springboard to higher office. Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry each served as chairman prior to launching their presidential campaigns.
The Associated Press speculated that the position could help Piyush gain momentum and support for a future White House bid, “if he’s interested.”
If he’s interested?
That’s like saying a hyena will attack a wildebeest if he’s hungry.
The same AP story notes that in five-plus years as Louisiana’s absentee governor, he has promoted his book, given campaign speeches, attended fundraisers and Republican events in 39 states and the nation’s capital. He has managed to pop up in key presidential primary or caucus states like New Hampshire and Iowa on numerous occasions—sometimes even being asked by the locals to leave. Quickly.
More than a third of his 160 or so out-of-state trips have taken place since January.
Ironically, most of his travels have been to support state candidates or Republican causes and to collect campaign contributions for Piyush Jindal.
His campaign trips on behalf of Romney, on the other hand, are merely an afterthought.
Rather like his occasional attention to matters in Louisiana—little insignificant matters like budget shortfalls, cuts to state hospitals, litigation over his education and retirement reform packages in Louisiana and growing resentment on the part of legislators over the closures of prison and health care facilities.
So basically, he believes he received a mandate in last year’s underwhelming re-election vote of 67 percent of 20 percent of the voters—against only token opposition, no less.
Piyush may want to consider the fact that 80 percent of the voters yawned their way to a state of languid indifference on the question of whether or not he should be awarded a second term.
And he’s going to try and parlay those results into becoming leader of the free world?
But he must first prove himself a leader of the nation’s Republican governors.
If his leadership of Louisiana is an indication of his capabilities, it should be fun to watch—if you like watching a delusional political wannabe.