In Spite of Everything They Threw at Him

Bobby Jindal is the new governor of Louisiana.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal became the nation’s youngest governor and the first nonwhite to hold post in Louisiana since Reconstruction when he carried more than half the vote to defeat 11 opponents.
Jindal, the Republican 36-year-old son of Indian immigrants, had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday’s election outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff.
“My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American Dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana,” he said to cheers and applause at his victory party.

It looks like he blew the Democrats out of the water. Not surprising considering the filthy stunts they pulled, but heartening considering Louisiana’s recent, self induced political travails. I hope he can get something rolling.
Congrats and good luck!

9 Responses to “In Spite of Everything They Threw at Him”

  1. Gunslinger says:

    It’s going to take at least three days just to get the stink of former Governor Blanco out of the upholstery.

  2. Oh, Lord, isn’t THAT the truth.
    And that’s just the FIRST noxious fume around there.
    I want to here what Crabapple Lane Rob thinks ~ it’s always refreshing, since he actually LIVES there.

  3. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I’m glad to see Bobby won……but he has a huge amount of bureaucratic inertia to overcome. The previous incompetent Democratic elected officials didn’t go out of their way to hire people smarter than themselves.

  4. Rob says:

    Here I am. I’m disappointed there was no runoff but not disappointed Bobby won. Bobby has been on cruise control throughout this campaign or at least since John Breaux decided against running. Getting him off of that type of campaign would have been beneficial to the voters. He hardly had to lift a finger against this weak field to win. as for the rest, I think Blanco’s critics have been a little too harsh. She wasn’t even two years into the job and was struck by an unprecedented natural disaster. She had political enemies above her in the President and below her in the Mayor of New Orleans (Some might recall that Nagin the Democrat endorsed Jindal the Republican the first time around. You know, back when people wanted his endorsement). Lost in all of this is that the rest of the state is recovering or has recovered quite nicely from Katrina and Rita. She should get a pretty decent share of the credit for that. Parts of eastern New Orleans haven’t recovered much or at all mainly because the damage was far, far more extensive there than anywhere else. They’re also stuck in the mud because of all of the politics and blame gaming from within and without and the chicken-egg economics. People don’t want to move back until there are basic services and businesses that provide basic services don’t want to invest in New Orleans until people move back. I’m anxious to see what Jindal can get done. He talks good. He’s also a friend of the President and has a Congress that claims to be committed to New Orleans recovery. We’ll see. He has a great opportunity. He can be the guy who gets the lid off after everyone before him could only loosen it … and that would be just fine with me.

  5. Skyler says:

    I’m delighted to learn that my prediction that Nagin would win was wrong.
    Sometimes it’s good to be wrong. I don’t know a lot about Jindal, but I wish him the best of luck in flushing the worst of New Orleans and Louisiana politics into the Gulf of Mexico.

  6. The_Real_JeffS says:

    Skyler, what do you have against fish?

  7. Skyler says:


  8. John says:

    The Dems must be worried about Indian immigration. I don’t know a single Indian liberal in the US (I know a few oveseas), and working in science, I know lots of Indians.
    I’m still waiting on Neil Prakash’s book.

  9. memomachine says:

    “He can be the guy who gets the lid off after everyone before him could only loosen it”
    Good God I sure hope not!
    Frankly the amount of federal money that’s already gone down the drainpipe down there is staggering and I’d rather not see any more spent there.

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