Rumors swirl: Jindal the pick for GOP convention keynote?

posted at 9:11 pm on August 5, 2008 by Allahpundit

The first rumble came Friday from CNN. Today Mark Halperin sends up a flare, leading Ben Smith to admit he’s hearing the same thing. As noted last week, it’s a no-brainer — but then, so was the House Republican oil protest and we were all shocked when they actually went and did that. Is the GOP getting a clue?

Note to Jindal: Don’t let the pressure get to you if you’re picked. After all, the way things are going, you might be the only one there. Tangentially related exit question: Maverick’s down 11 points among women in the new Lifetime poll. Does that give conservative America’s other favorite up-and-coming governor a boost on the VP shortlist?

Update: Should have blockquoted this bit from the Lifetime poll earlier:

Obama would benefit twice as much as McCain from offering the second slot to a woman (29% more likely to support Obama if he picks a woman vs. 15% who would be more likely to support McCain). Selecting a woman #2 would result in a net negative for McCain. While 15% said they would be more likely to support McCain if he picked a woman, 20% said they would be less likely to pick him if a woman were on his ticket.


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Like no one saw that coming.
/sarcasm

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Does that give conservative America’s other favorite up-and-coming governor a boost on the VP shortlist?

You’re going for 1000 comments again, aren’t you? Hey, you gotta feed ‘em what they wanna eat.

malan89 on August 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Uh oh…the Lifetime poll..they’re never wrong.

SaintOlaf on August 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

BTW, would have preferred Sarah Palin.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

Well it looks like I called it all along..Mccain will pick Huck and win in a landslide!

SaintOlaf on August 5, 2008 at 9:22 PM

BTW, would have preferred Sarah Palin.

Why? What has she done to deserve it?

Allahpundit on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Is the GOP getting a clue?

They have a raging clue.

lorien1973 on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Mccain will pick Huck and win in a landslide!

SaintOlaf on August 5, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Keep the faith, St. O….haha…

Always thought Jindal would be good as keynote…but there’s just been far too much “speculation” lately.

For the umpteenth time, still sayin’ Crist is veep.

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Maverick’s down 11 points among women in the new Lifetime poll. Does that give conservative America’s other favorite up-and-coming governor a boost on the VP shortlist?

Well, Palin has had to defend herself from an abusive ex-brother-in-law who is trying to derail her political career. That’s made for Lifetime. Does anyone know what adversities Meg Whitman has gone through? Oprah probably won’t care but she’s creating “A New Earth” anyway.

ninjapirate on August 5, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Z.

whitetop on August 5, 2008 at 9:25 PM

–However, Obama would benefit twice as much as McCain from offering the second slot to a woman (29% more likely to support Obama if he picks a woman vs. 15% who would be more likely to support McCain). Selecting a woman #2 would result in a net negative for McCain. While 15% said they would be more likely to support McCain if he picked a woman, 20% said they would be less likely to pick him if a woman were on his ticket.

Say goodbye to Palin. Why do you guys want to sully her name in this campaign cycle, anyway?

jimmy the notable on August 5, 2008 at 9:26 PM

hmmm Sarah Palin….

The glasses….

Hair up in a bun….

white silk blouse….

sorry, what?

Markvike on August 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Why? What has she done to deserve it?

Allahpundit on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

Deserving has got nothing to do with it.

Spark. Gas. Energy. Gobsmacking Fargo accent. I know, I know, but is she ready for the big chair?

Limerick on August 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

I’m still going to wait until the actual convention…….

…. no reason to get worked up over something that might not happen.

Seven Percent Solution on August 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM

McCain needs to go mavericky with his VP pick whoever it is. He shouldn’t play it safe.

ninjapirate on August 5, 2008 at 9:31 PM

AP, if my lines are “in” enough can I be a toady too?

Coronagold on August 5, 2008 at 9:32 PM

Deserving has got nothing to do with it.

Spark. Gas. Energy. Gobsmacking Fargo accent. I know, I know, but is she ready for the big chair?

Limerick on August 5, 2008 at 9:30 PM

Her corporate tax policies and free money give aways mirrors Obamas, I don’t see how that would be an asset to McCain.

lowandslow on August 5, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Say goodbye to Palin. Why do you guys want to sully her name in this campaign cycle, anyway?

jimmy the notable on August 5, 2008 at 9:26 PM

Tax cuts on elkburgers.

Hollowpoint on August 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

lowandslow on August 5, 2008 at 9:34 PM

Free money? Like the peoples money they earn from the oil/gas leases……righttttttttttt….how commie of her to spread the profits.

Limerick on August 5, 2008 at 9:37 PM

lorien1973 on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

+1!
Made my day.

DCA on August 5, 2008 at 9:40 PM

I will be glad to hear from Jindal if he is the keynote speaker. Others I love listening to include Bolton, Giuliani, Cantor, Fred, Palin, Cornyn, DeMint, Pence, and Coburn. But if the goal is to give a young, relatively unknown up-and-coming conservative a boost onto the national stage, Jindal, Cantor, and Palin would be the best choices for that purpose.

aero on August 5, 2008 at 9:42 PM

20% said they would be less likely to pick him if a woman were on his ticket.

Laugh of the day – they’ll vote for Obama?

Entelechy on August 5, 2008 at 9:43 PM

They have a raging clue.

lorien1973 on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

haha…I missed that!

Are these the new Keynote Speakers

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 9:44 PM

Limerick on August 5, 2008 at 9:37 PM

You seem to really think your smart guy yet you never bother to study anything. Why don’t you explain to everyone here the conservative virtues of Palins tax policies and her 1200.00 dollar “energy rebate” proposal. And while your at it expound on the rock solid conservative principles of less government involvement in the private sector with her pipeline inducement act. Tell us all about it.

lowandslow on August 5, 2008 at 9:45 PM

This promotes Romney. It just does. I feel it. Of course, my leg doesn’t tingle for any politician, but I feel it.

ParisParamus on August 5, 2008 at 9:45 PM

Palin is the one to choose!

jencab on August 5, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Jindal would be a good choice to speak. I don’t think he’ll be VP though. Isn’t McCain leading among Soccer moms?

nazo311 on August 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Palin is the one to choose!

jencab on August 5, 2008 at 10:00 PM

I would really love to know why Palin seems to be everyone’s favorite around here. Honestly, no one outside of Alaska ever heard of her until last month.

I do have respect for her, and like her views. But is all the “Palin-ove” based on the fact that she’s…a she?

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

Why? What has she done to deserve it?

Perhaps because since gas prices are THE issue now and she’s the Governor of Alaska saying “Drill the #$@$ out of ANWR”.

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 5, 2008 at 10:04 PM

sorry…**Palin-Love”, not Palin-ove”

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 10:04 PM

I will be glad to hear from Jindal if he is the keynote speaker. Others I love listening to include Bolton, Giuliani, Cantor, Fred, Palin, Cornyn, DeMint, Pence, and Coburn. But if the goal is to give a young, relatively unknown up-and-coming conservative a boost onto the national stage, Jindal, Cantor, and Palin would be the best choices for that purpose.

aero on August 5, 2008 at 9:42 PM

I would like to listen to Rudy for sure, Bolton would be awesome too, and of course Coburn! :}

Good list.

Chakra Hammer on August 5, 2008 at 10:04 PM

Bolton scares people. Such people are idiots, but idiots also vote.

ParisParamus on August 5, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Bolton scares people. Such people are idiots, but idiots also vote.

ParisParamus on August 5, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Those idiots need to submit to the love of the stache.

The stache will set them free!….or just whop them on the head with some commonsense.

JadeNYU on August 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Sorry, but even if she wasn’t now implicated in some kind of Scandal, Gov. Palin would not be a good move. Because she is not experienced enough, such a move would look like a pander my McCain, and would actually make McCain look weaker, and less sure of himself. Women who really care, dispositively, if a woman is on the ticket aren’t voting for McCain.

ParisParamus on August 5, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Can anyone potentially hear Ronald Wilson Reagan August 19, 1976

God save conservatism…

Doogiesd on August 5, 2008 at 10:19 PM

What about Boehner?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 5, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Putting Jindal in the limelight for a future of the party is okay in my book.

Grafted on August 5, 2008 at 10:23 PM

Allah,

Think about Jay Cost’s theory that the Republican VP needs to be an attack dog to keep going after Obama. Then think about a female governor who can needle him every day between now and the election with criticism. The media has to cover it because it’s the VP candidate, and with Obama’s disdain for women generally, he is sure to make several condescending/misogynistic responses that will kill him with the Hillary voters. Newt is right, McCain needs to swing for the fences with his VP pick and not allow the Dems to paint the Republicans as a couple of old white guys offering more of the same. Save Jindal for 2012 if things don’t work out, but get Palin out there now to energize conservatives and let independents know McCain isn’t picking another Cheney. (Hell, she’s not even on the DNC’s VP hit list)

Dudley Smith on August 5, 2008 at 10:29 PM

Then think about a female governor who can needle him every day between now and the election with criticism.

If Palin is that good at doing so, she can do so without being picked for VP. But I’m not really clear she’s that good.

ParisParamus on August 5, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Well it looks like I called it all along..Mccain will pick Huck and win in a landslide!

SaintOlaf on August 5, 2008 at 9:22 PM

Epic Fail.

TheUnrepentantGeek on August 5, 2008 at 10:32 PM

GREAT! While Jindal is there maybe he can meet some Republicans.

Diogenes of Sinope on August 5, 2008 at 10:46 PM

Someone please be sure and let me know exactly when he will be on (PDT) and if he will do an exorcism. I have never seen one before.

MB4 on August 5, 2008 at 10:47 PM

If Jindal gives the keynote, it will be good to hear from someone who’s done something, and is working on important things. Compare to Obama in 2004. No comparison.

Paul-Cincy on August 6, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Why? What has she done to deserve it?

Allahpundit on August 5, 2008 at 9:23 PM

What has Jindal done to deserve it?

I’m disheartened with the GOP trying to replicate the Obama phenomenon. I guess we’ll see if a politician with no discernible record of accomplishment is an effective vehicle for getting out-of-the-mainstream policies enacted.

Big S on August 6, 2008 at 1:21 AM

I would really love to know why Palin seems to be everyone’s favorite around here. Honestly, no one outside of Alaska ever heard of her until last month.

I do have respect for her, and like her views. But is all the “Palin-ove” based on the fact that she’s…a she?

JetBoy on August 5, 2008 at 10:03 PM

To a great extent, yes. Some here are operating on the misguided assumption that female voters (especially disgruntled Hillary fans) are likely to support McCain-Palin in droves based on gender. They fail to acknowledge that these voters might actually like Democrats based on their positions regarding reproductive rights, health care, education, income equalization, etc.

Big S on August 6, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Wow. That “poll” couldn’t have been more obvious if it said “Please don’t choose Palin!” Lifetime is well known as a conservative network with the GOP’s best interests in mind, so I sure hope McCain follows their advice.

Jindal as keynote speaker? Awesome.

McCain/Palin ’08
Palin/Jindal ’12

Mr. Wednesday Night on August 6, 2008 at 1:25 AM

Big S on August 6, 2008 at 1:25 AM

To a great extent, yes. Some here are operating on the misguided assumption that female voters (especially disgruntled Hillary fans) are likely to support McCain-Palin in droves based on gender.

Maybe some do, but I don’t think that way… I like the idea of Palin because–let’s face it–the idea of “change” on Obama’s end means little more than “somebody who isn’t a white dude”. Picking Palin for veep hijacks his exclusive claim on “change”.

Furthermore, Palin is known as a reformer who took on the powers-that-be in her own party, and would complement McCain in that regard.

And she’s photogenic, eloquent in a down-to-earth way that might remind people of the hot girl-next-door valedictorian/class president, and she’s right on some issues that are very important this cycle.

I’m not dead set on her, but I think she is definitely a net plus for McCain.

DaveS on August 6, 2008 at 3:47 AM

Bolton for Sec of State

RobCon on August 6, 2008 at 2:40 PM