The Fix: Bobby Jindal

Slamming the shutdown is all the rage among GOP governors. Here's why it matters for 2016.

Slamming the shutdown is all the rage among GOP governors. Here's why it matters for 2016.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the federal government shutdown is a symptom of a larger problem with Washington. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it's a "failure of everyone who is responsible for the system." And Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says there is enough blame to go around for everyone in the nation's capital.

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Jindal vs. O'Malley on 'crisis of confidence' offers 2016 hints

Jindal vs. O'Malley on 'crisis of confidence' offers 2016 hints

MILWAUKEE -- Does America have a "crisis of confidence?" Depends on who you ask.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) thinks the answer is yes.

"As a country, we're going through this crisis of confidence. And great republics sometimes go through these periods," O'Malley told reporters over the weekend at the National Governors Association meeting in Milwaukee, where he offered his most definitive remarks yet about his effort to gear up for a potential 2016 White House run.

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Bobby Jindal headed to New Hampshire next month

Bobby Jindal's make-or-break moment

Bobby Jindal's make-or-break moment

It has not been a good week for Bobby Jindal.

The Louisiana governor not only has had to deal with the flashbacks to his widely panned, Kenneth-the-Page-esque official GOP response to President Obama's 2009 SOTU, thanks to Marco Rubio's "sip slip" this week, but he's also got problems back home.

Two polls in the last week have shown the once-immensely-popular governor slipping significantly in the Pelican State. And for a guy who many expect to be a 2016 presidential candidate, that's much more troubling than a four-year-old YouTube clip.

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Jindal, Christie set to lead RGA in 2013, 2014

Jindal, Christie set to lead RGA in 2013, 2014

A pair of potential GOP presidential candidates will take the reins of the Republican Governors Association in 2013 and 2014.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will lead the committee in 2013, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will take over in 2014, assuming he wins his 2013 reelection campaign, according to aides familiar with the committee’s plans.

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The Fix’s Final Five Republican VP picks

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney continues to offer few clues about the identity of his vice presidential pick or the timing of the announcement — “I don’t think I have anything for you on the VP running mate,” Romney told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Thursday — but with the Republican National Convention just 17 days away, we know the decision is close.


U.S. representative (R-WI) Paul Ryan attends a vigil in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, August 7, 2012. REUTERS/John Gress

Despite the tight-lippedness (is that a word?) of Romneyworld when it comes to the veepstakes, it does now appear that the short list is getting shorter.

Below are our rankings of the five men — yes, they are all men — most likely to get the nod from Romney. These rankings are a combination of reporting, buzz and gut — all in relatively equal measure.

The number one ranked candidate is considered Romney’s most likely VP pick. To the Line!

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The vice presidential pick is overrated. Here’s why.

The political world — up to and including this blog — is consumed at the moment with trying to divine the identity of Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick. Travel schedules are pored over, public statements are parsed, Wikipedia is consulted.


Lyndon B. Johnson (second from left), the last VP pick that really mattered - CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS.
Given that level of attention, you would think that the pick is of the utmost importance in the presidential race, that a look back at past picks reveals make or break moments centered on the identity of the presidential nominee’s ticketmate.

Not so much.

The simple reality is that the vice presidential pick — viewed through the lens of recent history — has almost no broad influence on the fate of the ticket and, to the extent the VP choice has mattered, it’s been in a negative way.

“VP picks can provide a temporary burst of excitement to a ticket, but pretty soon things settle down and the race is once again about the man at the top,” said Ari Fleischer, a former Bush Administration official. “With communications reaching everywhere for the last few decades, the race is about the presidency, not the vice-presidency.”

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The case against Bobby Jindal for vice president

The case against Bobby Jindal for vice president

On Wednesday, we made the case for why Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal should be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential pick. Today we argue the opposite.

One warning: we are agnostic about Jindal’s relative merits as a VP pick. Rather these dueling posts are aimed at exploring the good and the bad — as explained to us by those in the know — of selecting him. With that caveat out of the way, here’s our case against Jindal.

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The case for Bobby Jindal to be vice president

With the Republican National Convention now only 40 days off, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney appears to be moving into the final stages of picking his vice presidential nominee — with some people even speculating that the announcement could come as soon as this week.

While we remain skeptical that Romney will make the pick any time before mid-August, there are signs that the process is nearing its conclusion.

Reuters’ Steve Holland reported on Tuesday that the Romney short list is down to Gov. Bobby Jindal (La.), Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio) and former governor Tim Pawlenty (Minn.). And, the Romney campaign announced this week that it has hired Randy Bumps and Kevin Sheridan to serve as senior staffers to the vice presidential nominee whenever he (or she) is picked.

Given those signs as well as the (relatively) narrow time frame left for Romney, we thought now was the right time to begin making our cases for and against the most likely vice presidential picks.

We kick it all off today by making the case for Jindal. Tomorrow we’ll make the case against him.

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Our top 10 most popular governors, revisited

The Fix loves feedback. (Really we do!)

And when we put together our (admittedly subjective) list of the top 10 most popular governors in the country on Wednesday, we got plenty of it — almost all of it devoted to the governors who were left off our list.

So, we decided to revisit the subject — taking into account some of the most cited snubs from our list. They’re below. Enjoy!

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Who will Mitt Romney pick as vice president? A conservative.

Who will Mitt Romney pick as vice president? A conservative.

In our Monday newspaper column, we speculated that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney’s choices for vice president are actually far more limited than you might think.

While dozens of people are part of the great mentioning, the truth is that — if history is any guide — Romney’s only real option is to pick someone regarded by conservatives as one of them.

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Why Bobby Jindal (still) matters

Why Bobby Jindal (still) matters

Unless you are a huge political junkie, you likely missed the news on Saturday night that Louisiana Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal won a second term.

It was a marked changed from this time four years ago when Jindal’s victory — he was the first Indian American to win a governorship — drew national headlines and installed him as a major rising star within the GOP.

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Bobby Jindal to endorse Rick Perry

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will endorse Rick Perry for president, becoming the second major GOP governor to offer a presidential endorsement Monday.

A source close to Jindal confirms the endorsement, which was first reported by CNN’s Mark Preston.

Jindal, who is often thought to be a potential future presidential candidate himself, has worked closely with Perry on hurricane-related issues and, as the governor of a neighboring Southern state, was a logical pick to back the Texas governor.

Earlier Monday, former presidential candidate and Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

Both Pawlenty and Jindal are expected to serve as important surrogates in the 2012 race.

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