Jindal to SRLC: Uh, keep away from Bourbon Street

posted at 3:35 pm on April 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Bobby Jindal got a good slot in today’s SRLC, and he used to it to tease Republicans over last week’s scandals at the RNC.  He kicked off what turned into a good, solid speech with some advice for visiting GOP members.  Stay off of Bourbon Street — and away from its strip clubs:

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal opened his address at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference with a joke about the Republican National Committee, quipping that staffers “may want to stay away from Bourbon Street.”

Bourbon Street, of course, is the primary party street in the French Quarter, and it includes a number of strip clubs.

Jindal appeared to be referencing a recent RNC scandal in which nearly $2,000 was charged to the party for an outing to a bondage-themed topless club in West Hollywood.

The Louisiana governor stated at the outset of his comments that he is not running for president in 2012, freeing him up to be straightforward with the conservative activists gathered for the conference.

Jindal made that point clear, although some of the bloggers here are still buzzing about his prospects. The speech he gave was focused on state developments and sound more like a run-up to his 2011 re-election bid. In any case, Jindal will have plenty of opportunity to make a presidential run in the years to come, but he sounded much more focused on Louisiana in the short term.

The speech itself was good, well paced and well received. No one’s going to outdo Sarah Palin for audience reaction, although Rick Perry may come close when he speaks later today. It was a more traditional speech, and for those who still recoil at the memory of Jindal’s response to Barack Obama’s first address to Congress over a year ago, a reminder that Jindal actually does quite well on the stump. He’s entertaining and inspiring, and today was quite relaxed on the dais.

I’m not sure how well the RNC received that jab, but the crowd here did — and it’s interesting that thus far the only speaker that’s significantly tweaked the establishment is someone seen more or less as part of it.


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Newt/Jindal ’12

Narutoboy on April 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Newt/Jindal ‘12

Narutoboy on April 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM

How about ‘Anyone but Newt’ & Jindal.

I like Newt just fine – but not for POTUS

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

darn…and I thought they would all head down to pat o’s for a big ol’ hurricane

:)

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Jindal for RNC? Hmmm now I could deal with THAT!

upinak on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Newt/Jindal ‘12

Narutoboy on April 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM

Suicide 2012

Monica on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Limbaugh/Levin 2012

epluribusunum on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

no newt

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Newt in 12?

I can see the ads with him and Nancy on the AGW couch!

Roll em.

artist on April 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

upinak on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

a most excellent idea….me likey

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Jindal is great. I like his mind.

portlandon on April 9, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Newt or Fred Thompson to replace Michael Steele. Actually Thompson/Paul Ryan 2012!

Oink on April 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

Bourbon Street made plenty of extra $$ earlier this year during Lombardi Gras, so it’s all good.

WHO DAT?!

Christien on April 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

How about ‘Anyone but Newt’ & Jindal.

I like Newt just fine – but not for POTUS

jake-the-goose on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

Newt is the brains and ideas guy. Jindal brings likability. Perfect combination. Only thing missing is someone who can excite people. Why doesn’t the next nominee run with two people instead of one? He doesn’t even have to call the second person his VP. Then he or she could add Palin in, assuming it’s not Palin.

Narutoboy on April 9, 2010 at 3:44 PM

and we all know that once a political leader says they aren’t running, you can take that to the bank :-)

DaMav on April 9, 2010 at 3:45 PM

darn…and I thought they would all head down to pat o’s for a big ol’ hurricane

Well, given that Pat O’Brien’s is over on St. Peter’s, not too far from St. Louis Cathedral, they can still avoid Bourbon St.

I R A Darth Aggie on April 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

Leave Jindal where he is. Once we elect a states rights President (Palin), governors like Jindal will really shine.

huckleberryfriend on April 9, 2010 at 3:47 PM

I R A Darth Aggie on April 9, 2010 at 3:46 PM

my bad…it’s been quite a few years since I’ve lived there…
:)

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:48 PM

“The Louisiana governor stated at the outset of his comments that he is not running for president in 2012, freeing him up to be straightforward with the conservative activists gathered for the conference.”

I’m glad he got that out of the way…

Seven Percent Solution on April 9, 2010 at 3:49 PM

I think it would be awesome if Bobby Jindal could fix Louisiana. But that’s probably going to require his service for another full term.

After that, I’m open to him courting my vote on the national level.

myrenovations on April 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

Jindal for RNC? Hmmm now I could deal with THAT!

upinak on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

This.

Knucklehead on April 9, 2010 at 3:52 PM

darn…and I thought they would all head down to pat o’s for a big ol’ hurricane

:)

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I remember going there. It was fun, and yes, I had a hurricane. Never had one before, and one was all I needed. They put you under the table in no time if you’re not used to drinking. LOL

I like Jindal, and whatever he decides…he’d have support from me. He’s a good man.

capejasmine on April 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

I`m watching Rick Perry speak and his voice sounds like W. Not sure if that disqualifies him for 2012. lol

I do support him as the future President of Texas. :)

ThePrez on April 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

They put you under the table in no time if you’re not used to drinking. LOL

capejasmine on April 9, 2010 at 3:53 PM

good times….good times

cmsinaz on April 9, 2010 at 3:56 PM

I think it would be awesome if Bobby Jindal could fix Louisiana. But that’s probably going to require his service for another full term.

After that, I’m open to him courting my vote on the national level.

myrenovations on April 9, 2010 at 3:50 PM

That’s how I feel as well. He’ll make a much better candidate after he’s made serious improvements to Louisiana, and I already think he makes a good one now.

Esthier on April 9, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Limbaugh Levin/Savage 2012

epluribusunum on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

:)

uknowmorethanme on April 9, 2010 at 3:58 PM

LOLZ! Good un’ Bobby

OmahaConservative on April 9, 2010 at 4:03 PM

Gov Bobby Jindal, listen to Thaddeus McCotter “Big Tent” The message to Republicans: Win at all cost just Win.

Dr Evil on April 9, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Does anyone know what is wrong with SRLC link on the home page?? It keep blowing off my IE8?

whbates on April 9, 2010 at 4:38 PM

Limbaugh/Levin 2012

epluribusunum on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 P

Even better, Limbaugh/Beck with Levin as the first Supreme Court Justice

Conservative Voice on April 9, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I’m a bit disappointed Jindal’s not running for President in this cycle.

He has solid experience, on par with pretty much anyone else (his work in the Bush administration, three years in Congress, tenure as Governor and all the stuff he did before he was thirty.) Plus, a young non-white guy running to be the youngest Republican nominee ever would do wonders for the psrty’s image.

Mister Mets on April 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Jindal for RNC? Hmmm now I could deal with THAT!

upinak on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I like that idea!

scalleywag on April 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Bobby’s right, after all the annual French Quarter Festival started today. Great music and great food! And JazzFest starts in just a couple of weeks.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Fred!/Chenney 2012!!

90% of the LefTards would just lay down and die…or move to Canada…

Win…Win…

BigWyo on April 9, 2010 at 5:31 PM

Remember…no Newt is good Newt

Dave M on April 9, 2010 at 6:43 PM

Newt wants to be liked by the Dems and the LSM. He usually has good ideas, but I wouldn’t vote for him for POTUS. He’d sign really stupid bills.

SilentWatcher on April 9, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Newt’s dumb enough to be a Democrat VP. He makes headlines just like Amy Winehouse.

Cybergeezer on April 9, 2010 at 7:02 PM

Newt/Jindal ‘12

Narutoboy on April 9, 2010 at 3:37 PM
Suicide 2012

Monica on April 9, 2010 at 3:39 PM

I agree with Monica. I mean I love’em but you will need to wake everyone up to vote. SNORE!

Dan Pet on April 9, 2010 at 8:15 PM