Governor Bobby Jindal is getting hit from all sides in a manic media mania for every word and action. The volcano erupted after his GOP response to the presidential address to congress.
This makes me shake my head and say, “did all of you just wake up and smell the coffee”?
Let me be clear. I did not vote for Jindal. Upon election, however, I chose to give him a break to see if I was incorrect in my evaluation of him regardless of his past behavior. Everyone deserves a break, right?
Jindal has developed a pattern during his entire political career. It’s called the ‘two year plan’.
This is no secret. What annoys me are the political pundits and Jindal supporters who are suddenly surprised at his actions. After all, this is not rocket science.
Jindal’s ability to stay put in any given position is 2-3 years maximum:
- Donned the ‘whiz kid’, Jindal, began his journey as a short-lived page in Washington, moving on to McKinsey & Co consulting firm as a ‘specialist’ in health care. McKinsey consulted Enron but escaped public scrutiny.
- Eighteen months later, claiming he was a ‘genius’, former Governor Mike Foster appointed Jindal as the secretary of Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals to save an ailing system. Jindal was criticized for closing clinics and cutting back valuable services to the uninsured.
- Two years later Jindal left his post in Louisiana to head to Washington to solve the federal Medicare crisis as staff director of the Medicare Reform Commission.
- One year later, Jindal returns to our state and is appointed by former Governor Foster as head of the Louisiana University system.
- Again, two years later, Jindal heads back to Washington to serve as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation of the federal Medicaid program. A timely move considering the investigation that ensued over Medicaid Chief Tommy Scully and five unnamed associates.
- Yes, two years later, Jindal made his run for governor of Louisiana. He lost to Kathleen Blanco. Foster’s only criticism of Jindal came during this time when he said ‘Bobby didn’t listen to me’.
- One year later Jindal decides to run for the U. S. House of Representatives.
- Two years later, Jindal begins his second run at governor of Louisiana. He wins the gubernatorial race in 2007.
Here we are, two years later, and Governor Jindal seems bored with us already and is criticized for presidential positioning. Imagine that?
Why are we so surprised?
Governor Jindal is simply being himself. He is incapable of staying in any one place too long. This works to his advantage as it is difficult to measure the performance of any individual who is not willing to stick long enough.
Surely Jindal would receive less criticism if he would walk the walk. As C. B. Forgotston reminded us in his blog: Yogi Berra said, “you can observe a lot just by watching”.
Don’t be so surprised folks, it’s just the Jindal way!
Until next time,
Red Stick Republican