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Remember Bobby Jindal? The amazing young Governor from Louisiana was a glimmer of hope in the midst of dark despair within the Republican Party in those days immediately following the 2008 election. Jindal was young, diverse, energetic, charismatic and above all, conservative. He was quickly touted the Republican "anti-Obama" and puffed up into being a rising star within the Party and - before Obama had even completed a first full week on the job - was being suggested as the best hope to challenge the Anointed One in 2012.
Then came "the speech." That uncomfortable, unfair, awkward and rather unimpressive response to Obama's first State of the Union Address that Republicans forced him to deliver. Almost immediately the left-wing media began running him down, saying how he was overhyped and not-as-advertised (only to learn in the succeeding several months that those who live in glass houses...).
For his part, Jindal didn't seem to dissuaded by the experience. He wasn't elected to be the Republicans' rising star. He was elected to lead the state of Louisiana. And he has. Very well. 70% approval rating well, that is. Unlike the left, that seems to create competence out of the thin air of media sycophancy whenever they need it, conservatives like Jindal create competence by being competent. And by any record, that's exactly what Jindal has been.
But don't take my word for it. Just ask the Louisiana Democrat Party that has opted to just wave the white flag against Jindal as he runs for a second term:
The Louisiana Democratic party has effectively conceded this year's gubernatorial race. This does not mean merely that the party could not find a big-name challenger ? though they couldn't ? or that they could not even find a token state legislator to be the sacrificial lamb, though they could not do that, either. Technically, four candidates ran as Democrats in the state's nonpartisan "jungle primary"; the best-known among them was a Haynesville, La., middle-school teacher. No, what really stands out is that the Democratic State Central Committee declined to endorse any of them.
Such is Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal's record that almost no one in the Bayou State wants to challenge it. Somehow, his achievements have triggered a complete implosion of Democratic gubernatorial ambitions in a state that has had four Republican governors in 125 years, and that's including Buddy Roemer, who was elected as a Democrat but switched parties while in office.
Timmy Teepell, Jindal's longtime chief of staff who is now operating as a campaign aide, is half serious when he says he's disappointed that the governor won't face a competitive race.
Beyond Louisiana, GOP and conservative leaders gush about Jindal. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell calls him "transformational," RNC chairman Reince Priebus labels him "a natural leader," New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he's set an example for other GOP governors, and Rush Limbaugh says, "Far be it for me to choose veeps, but I like Jindal right where he is. I think he is perfectly suited for the job he has and in time I believe it will launch him to loftier heights."
Political prognosticators will once again jump back on the Jindal bandwagon and being talking about VP selections and future presidential runs. And Jindal will go on leading his state effectively. Does he have a date with national destiny? Time will tell. But if he does, one thing is certain: our country would benefit from the kind of leadership he has provided in the state of Louisiana.