What a sad farce.
According to the new “unclassified” yarns on R-Money’s #VeepStakes, our own Governor Piyush “Bobby” Jindal was NOT among the top 5 in consideration for selection. This story from the Associated Press describes R-Money’s deliberations:
“This was Mitt’s decision,” said Beth Myers, the senior adviser who led the vice presidential search. “He kept his own counsel.”
In picking Ryan, Romney bypassed Republicans including Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Officials said he had called all five to notify them of his decision. Pawlenty received a call Monday evening, the day after Ryan accepted, while the other four were all notified on Friday, just hours before the announcement.Romney’s campaign kept the details of the search carefully concealed until late Saturday.
Jindal’s Vice-Presidential campaign was hatched in 2008, and has consumed Louisiana’s political chattering class since Jindal’s cakewalk re-election by 23% of Louisiana’s voters just one year ago. Jindal’s entire agenda was shaped to grab the attention of national GOP bigwigs, including his mass-scale government privatization, statewide voucher programs, and his adversity to even whiffs of revenue increases.
Now, he finds himself in crisis. The Times-Picayune takes a look at his future prospects:
With his pick Saturday of Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., as his running mate, Mitt Romney dashed Gov. Bobby Jindal’s hopes of moving within a heartbeat of the presidency come January. He may have dealt a longer-term blow to Jindal’s chances of ever occupying the White House.Whatever the outcome in November, Ryan now vaults to the head of the pack as the prospective party nominee after either a Romney presidency or a Romney defeat, and at 42, and only 1 year, four months and 12 days older than Jindal, he robs the Louisiana governor of what had been his unique standing as the brainy boy wunderkind of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.
Perhaps this will finally convince Jindal to come back to Baton Rouge and get to work. But don’t hold your breath.