Not the Only Governor Making News
With the wall-to-wall coverage of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich’s U.S. Senate seat-for-sale shenanigans, you may have missed this little item reporting that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has taken himself out of the running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Jindal is now two for two, having previously removed himself from consideration as a potential running mate for John McCain, during the 2008 campaign.
Some Republican political elites had hoped that as a potential presidential nominee, Jindal would put a more youthful and diverse face on the party’s national ticket, but they will now have to wait a while longer. Given that Jindal is only 37, he certainly has no reason to rush his political future. He will likely choose his next electoral steps carefully, beginning with a reelection bid in 2011. My guess is that this is only the first of many denials of interest Jindal will have to issue over the next few years. But the fact that he felt the need to do so for 2012 at this early date suggests to me just how permanent the permanent campaign has become.

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