To run in 2012. Maybe.
(Commenter Peggy Gero DaValt coincidentally emailed me about this story, which I just found out now. Hat tip to her, then)
Tobin Harshaw of the New York Times' Opinionator quotes Kevin Drum over at Commie Jones.
Because it’s never too early to not run: “Bobby Jindal — the Indian-American Louisiana governor who is widely viewed as one of the front-runners for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination — flatly said Tuesday he’s not interested in seeking the White House,” CNN tells us. ” ‘No,’ Jindal said definitively when asked if he was interested in being president.”
“I’d say this confirms that Jindal isn’t an idiot,” writes Kevin Drum at Mother Jones:
Sure, it’s possible that Barack Obama is going to crash and burn and turn 2012 into a Republican year. But what are the odds? Far more likely is that Obama is a shoo-in for a second term, and whoever runs against him will suffer the same fate as George McGovern, Walter Mondale, Bob Dole, and Bob Kerry. The GOP will find someone to embark on this suicide run, but it will have to be someone both dumber and with a lot more jejune self-regard than Jindal. Palin 2012!
(Love the little anti-Palin dig at the end. New Commandment N°1 in Progressive Political Blogging: No story left untouched without a spitball bullseye towards Palin)
You know, I'm in the uncomfortable position of hoping that the PEOTUS, Barack Obama, is an unfathomable success as our next President. I hope he goes down in history as a man who inherited an economic meltdown, and turned this nation around in 2 years like no other President has in US history.
Because that is what he has -- 2 years.
Then the bad memories of a painful recession, which hasn't even hit bedrock I think it is safe to say (you lookin' forward to 2009? Me neither), will have been a distant memory in the remaining two years leading up to 2012. However, if we're still hurting in 2011, with 2012 offering a glimmer of hope, then Barack Obama is defeatable. Very. Mucho. Ask Jimmah.
We're not even taking into consideration a nuclearised Iran, offering the world a possible nightmare showdown with Israel in the next few years, as well as any amount of international woes like Russia feeling her oats again, and getting frisky in the Caucauses or Eastern Europe.
See, when economies are bad, politicians who normally wouldn't stand a chance of election are suddenly seen as saviours. This has happened innumerable times in world history, so do not think I am referring to the Fascist or Communist eras of the Great Depression.
I am especially fearful of the BNP/Vlaams Belang/Marxist type of politicians which seem to be laughingstocks to most people reading this, but one cataclysmic economic downturn can make their numbers swell, giving them a more mainstream base of support.
This was the case with the National Front in the UK when I was a wee girl, who haunted football stadia recruiting members to get rid of the "darkies" who were taking their jobs. You can see and hear shades of it in an Europe today which seems paralysed at knowing how to handle demographics which have grown into men and women, without a national identity. There is a lot of low hanging fruit in the world today, just ready to be plucked.
It seems everything is a tinderbox as we near the end of the decade, and I fear that someone like President Obama, so inexperienced, so frankly scared (did you see his very first press conference a few weeks back? He looked absolutely spooked, having just been given his first National Security briefing, hours before), doesn't have time on his side.
His on-the-job training is one I do not relish watching, for one.
I am not altogether disatisfied with his appointments thus far, showing a pragmatism that his progressive supporters must be staring at in horror. Those Hopium Dens are sad places today.
But this is very little piece of mind for a man with zero executive experience.
Which, of course, brings us back to Jindal. Louisiana is a political swamp. We all know that. What he is trying to do in that State is almost unimaginable. If he succeeds, it'll be as amazing a turnaround as Obama promises to do with the nation.
And there's the rub: promises are a lot like hope. They're empty unless you can back them up with solid achievements.
You know I am 100% a Palin supporter, but if it looks even remotely like she would lose in 2012, I wouldn't want her to run (I think her political instincts are extremely sharp, and she obviously knows that already). It seems Jindal is on the same wavelength, though his clarification later seemed to backpedal on his refusal to run in 2012.
I want a safe and prosperous America. I want her to continue to be a world power. I only wish the best for this country, always.
That's never really a question of politics, except to those so ossified by them, that they cannot think without their ideology creaking around them. I never want to be that person.
ADDED: I was reading a Pajamas Media blogpost about Melanie Phillips' continued belief (based on ex-Weathermen's ideas about Obama, incredibly) that the PEOTUS is secretly fooling everyone with his centrist administration picks. The very first reply is written by a fellow expat named Hugh.
The writing is a bit staccato and the conclusions are forced, but I have highlighted the coincidental bits.
Ron: speaking as an immigrant( educated in the US ) who probably values our national experiment more sincerely than the host of native-born who are so very sloppy and louche in their approach to “thinking”( whenever they actually DO ) about our precepts and thinning values …remember where Melanie is writing/living from/in. If you have not been in England (lovely land of my birth& home of my family)or Eurabia , recently- I “go back” at least twice/annum….well, you would be stunned at the denial and equivocation.Anti-Americanism is simply self-recognition of their rising impotence, btw. The tribes of Europe and GB are terrified of overt expressions of their culture and values-golly, they might have to stand up for something or other-when they have convinced themselves that they don’t really believe in anything other than coupon clipping and working ’til 50 to retire to a warm place (akin to a Russian peasant sleeping over his stove)…to wit: Yob culture in England ; as such they are having their countries hijacked by not just Arab Islamofascists , but Russian mafiosi and black African post-colonial grievance mongers…”look I am a visible minority , you owe me you white devil/rascist” - the whole scenario is disgrace-full and strangely shot- through with schadenfreund(aimed@ each other)- they are actually grotesquely divided and yet, united by their self-absorbtion and base material greed. The dearth of genuine pride and the understanding that ALL great cultures rise and fall like tectonic plates , has escaped them…what worries me intensely for my children , and now grandchildren is this…this will create a vacuum and I believe we may witness the resurrection of the Far firebreathing Right and with that will come blowback. Weimar , anyone?Read your history boys & girls and stay armed Anglosphere.
Exit Question: If we can see it, why can't others?