Trump card: Bobby Jindal endorses Perry

posted at 4:05 pm on September 12, 2011 by Allahpundit

I wonder how long this has been in the works. Was the plan always to roll it out tonight before the debate or did Perry and Jindal speed things up to match T-Paw’s Romney endorsement?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing Rick Perry for president, a major endorsement for the Texas governor as the campaign for the Republican nomination enters the crucial fall stretch of the primary calendar, a source tells CNN.

Jindal is on his way to Florida and will be Perry’s guest at Monday night’s “Tea Party Republican Debate” broadcast on CNN from Tampa, the source said. Jindal is expected to formally make the announcement prior to the debate.

Neither endorsement breaks either guy out of their niche. Romney’s running as the safe, northern, Wonder Bread establishment candidate and Perry’s running as the bold, southern, grassroots favorite with executive experience. Pawlenty and Jindal are natural matches for their respective endorsees. Jindal’s endorsement matters more, though, because Perry’s immediate problem is proving that he’s electable. The more big-name conservatives bypass the “safe” choice in the field to roll the dice on him, the more credible Perry looks. (And in fact, he already has an event lined up this week with another prominent southern governor.) When Romney inevitably hits him again tonight on Social Security, Perry can point at Jindal in the audience and say that the governor of Louisiana — and esteemed policy wonk — would never throw his endorsement away on an unelectable candidate. Which is true enough: For Jindal to commit this early in the race, he must be awfullly confident in Perry’s chances. If he’s right, there’s bound to be a cabinet position in it for him. But probably not VP due to their regional overlap.

Incidentally, Wonder Bread might not be the only reason that Pawlenty’s backing Romney. Money has been known to buy friends from time to time. Exit question: Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year? I’m inclined to say Rubio’s because he’s from a crucial primary state and is capable of influencing both establishment and grassroots opinion, but RCP makes a good point about DeMint in its latest post. If he shocks the world by endorsing Romney before the South Carolina primary, he could singlehandedly imperil Perry’s candidacy.

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Looks like the Perry band wagon is fired up and ready to go. The band’s getting tuned up, and the crowd begins to chant :

MO…men…TUM …who has it, who doesn’t.

Skandia Recluse on September 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year?

For the sake of argument I will say Sarah Palin.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Rubio, Cristie, Haley

kerrhome on September 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Agree, if she doesn’t run.

kerrhome on September 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Take that Romney…

stacman on September 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

Wonder Bread. hee hee hee

Me likey.

ramrants on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Exit question: Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year? I’m inclined to say Rubio’s because he’s from a crucial primary state and because he’s capable of influencing both establishment and grassroots opinion, but RCP makes a good point about DeMint in its latest post today. If he shocks the world by endorsing Romney before the South Carolina primary, he could singlehandedly imperil Perry’s candidacy.

I’d say Palin’s endorsement would be bigger than Rubio’s. If she’s pulling 15% in a poll released just today, if even half of those supporters go with whomever she backs, that could effectively end the primaries. That being said, a DeMint endorsement of Mittens would be a shocker. Not a gamechanger necessarily, but it would definitely hurt Perry’s conservative cred.

Doughboy on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Incidentally, Wonder Bread might not be the only reason that Pawlenty’s backing Romney. Read this.

Heh. Well, it looks like Romney will limit his attacks on Perry to SS. Something tells me he won’t be adding crony capitalism attacks to his reprertoire.

Kataklysmic on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

Dominos falling fast.

xrayiiis on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

When Romney inevitably hits him again tonight on Social Security, Perry can point at Jindal in the audience and say that the governor of Louisiana — and esteemed policy wonk — would never throw his endorsement away on an unelectable candidate.

Mar 4, 2008 – BATON ROUGE — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has endorsed fellow Republican John McCain for president, his press office said.

whatcat on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

If DeMint chose to endorse Romney over Perry it would decimate his own credibility far more than it would alter the race.

If he chose to endorse Palin over both of them, that would be a different story. But an endorsement of Romney would relegate DeMint to irrelevancy.

Caiwyn on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Let’s not forget Perry now has more minority governors supporting him than Romney….

Apologetic California on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Louisiana endorses Rick Perry Damnnn Skippy they do :)

Pawlenty isn’t trying to get on the Romney ticket as the VP pick or anything with his endorsement/

Dr Evil on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Poor T-Paw gets upstaged at every turn.
Bear in mind also, Jindal is a sitting governor>

cartooner on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

I’d say Palin’s endorsement would be bigger than Rubio’s. If she’s pulling 15% in a poll released just today, if even half of those supporters go with whomever she backs, that could effectively end the primaries.

Yes, but everyone assumes she’ll endorse either Perry or Bachmann. Even if she doesn’t endorse them, that’s probably where her voters would go. The only way a Palin endorsement would be a huge bombshell is if she endorsed Romney, which would give him instant tea-party cred. But it’s hard to believe she’d do that.

Allahpundit on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

big-name conservatives

I hope Jindal’s dismal performance with the GOP response to the State of the Union response last year doesn’t hurt Perry. Outside of LA, who really knows who he is?

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year?

Jim DeMint is huge IMO
Rubio and Palin aren’t far behind.

gophergirl on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Hurray for illegal aliens!

FloatingRock on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Agree, if she doesn’t run.

kerrhome on September 12, 2011 at 4:09 PM

CNN just reported sarah will not be at tonights debate. I think she is not going to run.

If she would endorce now I would bet it would be Bachman. However I think Michelle would have to prove she can win. Palin would hold out until later. If that then I think it would be Perry.

Rush Limbaugh would be a good get for any candidate but Rush doesnt like to endorce in primary season.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Which is true enough: For Jindal to commit this early in the race, he must be awfullly confident in Perry’s chances. If he’s right, there’s bound to be a cabinet position in it for him.

Secretary of Energy for Jindal?

This endorsement will probably keep Sarah Palin out of the race. Palin and Jindal are friends, but Jindal probably realized that Palin can’t win, and wanted to back a candidate who COULD win.

It will probably dispel the notion of Perry being “dumb” if the best brain in the South is on Perry’s side.

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

It is rumored that Perry has sent T-Paw a thank you letter.

chicken thief on September 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

. If he shocks the world by endorsing Romney before the South Carolina primary, he could singlehandedly imperil Perry’s candidacy.

If it even gets that far. If Rubio endorses Perry and he carries Florida, DeMint’s endorsement is either going to be a rubber stamp or, as noted above, in the case he were to endorse Romney, a weird jog toward the establishment, and wasted to boot.

TexasDan on September 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year?

Perry’s….if he doesn’t get his crap together, Romney would love to have his endorsement. If Perry starts to get the better of Romney, he wont need anyone’s endorsement. And I would expect he would politely decline an offer from Palin to endorse him. She is toxic to the indies and our eventual nominee MUST have their support to beat Obama.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

DeMint would destroy his credibility by backing Romney.

changer1701 on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

That being said, a DeMint endorsement of Mittens would be a shocker. Not a gamechanger necessarily, but it would definitely hurt Perry’s Demints conservative cred.

Doughboy on September 12, 2011 at 4:10 PM

FIFY

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

yawn more of the permenant political class playing their games.

I gues all the world is a stage.

unseen on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year?

Ron Paul. But you want him to endorse the other guy.

TexasDan on September 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Hurray for illegal aliens!

FloatingRock on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Right. Because a RINO like Romeny would be real tough on illegals. Just like that other great RINO to run for president before him, Juan McAmnesty.

Do a little reading on Utah and illegals. One of the most welcoming states for illegals. Even more so than California. That’s what you can expect from Romney.

angryed on September 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

But it’s hard to believe she’d do that.

Allahpundit on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

With all the work Romney has put into being a moderate to win over the indies for the general, I believe Romney would decline an offer from Palin to endorse him.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

so, one faux conservative endorses another faux conservative.

Move along, nothing to see here….

rock the casbah on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

That sound you hear is Romney’s boat sinking… sinking… :)

TheRightMan on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Perry’s….if he doesn’t get his crap together, Romney would love to have his endorsement. If Perry starts to get the better of Romney, he wont need anyone’s endorsement. And I would expect he would politely decline an offer from Palin to endorse him. She is toxic to the indies and our eventual nominee MUST have their support to beat Obama.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

starts to? That horse has left the barn pardner.

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

DeMint endorse Romney?

Yeah, right. And snowmen are dancing in hell.

DeMint’s previous endorsement is nothing more than a reflection of how bad McCain really is.

ButterflyDragon on September 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Who’s the biggest endorsement?

For Romney: Palin, Walker, or Demint

For Perry: Ryan, Christie, or Rubio

cpaulus on September 12, 2011 at 4:19 PM

angryed on September 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I agree. Neither Romney or Perry are suitable.

FloatingRock on September 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

But an endorsement of Romney would relegate DeMint to irrelevancy.

Caiwyn on September 12, 2011 at 4:11 PM

Only with the most rabid ideologues. If DeMint endorsed Romney he would explain that it would be to join with the GOP to beat Obama. Problem solved.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Since Gov. Palin will be unavailable to clarify Gov. Perry’s remarks for him at tonight’s debate, Gov. Jindal will have to stand in. Gov. Pawlenty will also be on hand to interpret for Gov. Romney. Gov. Huntsman will be too busy translating everyone’s responses into Mandarin to give any responses of his own.

steebo77 on September 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

Outside of LA, who really knows who he is?

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Don’t misunderestimate Jindal. While Captain Kick@$$ was floundering last year wondering what to do about the BP oil spill, Jindal was out proposing practical common-sense solutions to the problem, and getting no response from the Federal Government.

Since then, Jindal has a strong reputation as a hands-on, no-nonsense, competent, “git’er done” Governor, and his endorsement of Perry will go a long way.

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

And I would expect he would politely decline an offer from Palin to endorse him. She is toxic to the indies and our eventual nominee MUST have their support to beat Obama.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

No he wouldn’t. He isn’t afraid to be seen with Palin, anywhere.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

yawn more of the permenant political class playing their games.

I gues all the world is a stage.

unseen on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

so, one faux conservative endorses another faux conservative.

Move along, nothing to see here….

rock the casbah on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

Throw Jindal the dirty rino under the bus

I guess the only acceptable endorsements for Palin will be former Governors who quit. :)

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Perry helped Jindal fundraise for his latest re-election campaign, so I’m not too shocked by this. Palin and Perry have helped fundraise for each other too.

juliesa on September 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Which Republican’s endorsement is the most prized this year?

IF Sarah does not get in, her endorsement would just about hand the nomination to whoever she endorses. That being said, I still think she is going to run, and it will blow the process wide open.

ConservativePartyNow on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

starts to? That horse has left the barn pardner.

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

After three weeks? Lets see what happens over the next month or so and how Perry fares with the indies. So far he seems intent on just getting the nomination with no concern for the general. He cannot run so far right that he can’t come back to the middle without looking like he is pandering.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The most important endorsement in the Republican field is from Rick Perry, not the other way around! Any body who jumps on Mitt’s “band wagon to mediocrity” is publicly signing up to be the next Bob Dole/John McCain award winner for political stooge of the decade.
If you can’t utter the truth in public, then you have no credibility whatsoever in a leadership role. Find something else to do in life!

Lew on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Wonderful.

Now if only Sen. Demint would back Perry.

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

‘nista chihuahua ‘s biting early in this thread.

carbon_footprint on September 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

While Captain Kick@$$ was floundering last year wondering what to do about the BP oil spill, Jindal was out proposing practical common-sense solutions to the problem, and getting no response from the Federal Government.

Since then, Jindal has a strong reputation as a hands-on, no-nonsense, competent, “git’er done” Governor, and his endorsement of Perry will go a long way.

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

IIRC, Jindal wasn’t just proposing ideas, he was banging heads with the EPA, FEMA and the Coast Guard about putting pumps on barges and building oil stopping sand traps.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

He cannot run so far right that he can’t come back to the middle without looking like he is pandering.
csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Middle has always been a myth. Remember how Maverick worked out?

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

That sound you hear is Romney’s boat sinking… sinking… :)

TheRightMan on September 12, 2011 at 4:18 PM

http://youtu.be/GzK3FBRczRo

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Since then, Jindal has a strong reputation as a hands-on, no-nonsense, competent, “git’er done” Governor, and his endorsement of Perry will go a long way.

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:21 PM

I don’t underestimate him. He does have a rep in his state, but unless he can increase his name recognition, it wont mean much. So far his name has been bandied about as a possible VP pick. But beyond that, not so much press.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Regional overlap is a quaint concept these days.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

No he wouldn’t. He isn’t afraid to be seen with Palin, anywhere.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:22 PM

That was then, this is now.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

yawn more of the permenant political class playing their games.

I gues all the world is a stage.

unseen on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Well this is a political contest…oh, I almost forgot. You’re an entertainer’s groupie.

cartooner on September 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

That was then, this is now.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Mitt is a Washington Insider kinda guy. They dont like reformers.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Middle has always been a myth. Remember how Maverick worked out?

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:24 PM

That was not why McShamnesty lost. He lost because of Palin and because he didn’t want to do what was necessary to beat Obama.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

That was then, this is now.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

Wait and see. Perry has yet to disassociate himself from any of his friends.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

If he’s right, there’s bound to be a cabinet position in it for him. But probably not VP due to their regional overlap.

Heh. Gee now lets see, Palin for Secy of Energy, Bolton for Secy of State, Jindal at HHS…sounds like a good start on a cabinet to me.

Archimedes on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I agree. Neither Romney or Perry are suitable.

FloatingRock on September 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM

When it comes to illegals yes. But on the whole Perry is fine for me. On the whole, Romney is not.

And whatever Perry’s shortcomings are on illegals, he is still 1000X better than Obama. And that’s what counts.

angryed on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Going to be large hit to the HA P&L if Palin opts out. The HA Mitt supporters try but they just don’t have that same fire in the belly. Kind of a shame, really.

a capella on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Mitt is a Washington Insider kinda guy. They dont like reformers.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

They do if it means they can hold onto their power.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

For the sake of argument I will say Sarah Palin.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:07 PM

She’s too busy passive-aggressively sniping at everyone in the field.

Vyce on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

big-name conservatives

I hope Jindal’s dismal performance with the GOP response to the State of the Union response last year doesn’t hurt Perry. Outside of LA, who really knows who he is?

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

That would be a good point, except for candidates are playing to a GOP choir right now. It’s for “insiders”.

Thoguh I agree that outside of the choir, in the general electorate, nobody knows or much cares who Jindal is; the general electorate is where the only important battle is fought and Jindal’s 2008 endorsement of McCain obviously didn’t pan out in that venue.

whatcat on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

“…The only way a Palin endorsement would be a huge bombshell is if she endorsed Romney, which would give him instant tea-party cred. But it’s hard to believe she’d do that.”

Allahpundit on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

That’s the thing about the TEA Party folks – pinning them down on anything other than “get yer stinkin gubmint hands off me” is like herding cats. Palin follows/is part of the TEA Party, she doesn’t lead them – there is no leader. If Palin endorses Romney it doesn’t mean TEA party folks will follow. Romney is an unrepentant big government RINO.

This latest maneuver to get Pawlenty’s backing is just more proof of his character (and Pawlenty’s).

batterup on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Archimedes on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Perry isnt a strong enough candidate to get a lot of GOPers into his cabinent. he might get Pawlenty but I dont see any other big names going to work for him.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Heh. Gee now lets see, Palin for Secy of Energy, Bolton for Secy of State, Jindal at HHS…sounds like a good start on a cabinet to me.

Archimedes on September 12, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Romney for Commerce/Treasury

angryed on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

So… no Romney/Jindal OR Perry/Pawlenty, eh? Bummers.

Red Cloud on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

IF Sarah does not get in, her endorsement would just about hand the nomination to whoever she endorses. That being said, I still think she is going to run, and it will blow the process wide open.

ConservativePartyNow on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Her endorsement will carry more weight than her candidacy.

cartooner on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

She’s too busy passive-aggressively sniping at everyone in the field.

Vyce on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Unlike everyone else who is actively smearing each other.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

yawn more of the permenant political class playing their games.

I gues all the world is a stage.

unseen on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Well this is a political contest…oh, I almost forgot. You’re an entertainer’s groupie.

cartooner on September 12, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Unseen will accept endorsements from Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber as their anti establishment creds are well established.

No current or former elected officials need apply, unless they quit during their term.

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Regional overlap is a quaint concept these days.

lorien1973 on September 12, 2011 at 4:26 PM

With the Midwest turning away from Democrats in droves don’t be shocked at whoever winning the nomination making Pence, Ryan, or Daniels the VP. Obama cannot win if he doesn’t win Wisconsin or Ohio.

http://www.270towin.com/2012_election_predictions.php?mapid=bWU

cpaulus on September 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Wait and see. Perry has yet to disassociate himself from any of his friends.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I expect that Palin will simply make commentary on how much better the GOP field is than Obama from the sidelines and then get fully behind whomever the nominee is.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Secretary of Energy for Jindal?

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Sec. of Health and Human Services would be a way for him to make a huge impact.

As I said in the headlines post, Jindal made his bones on health care policy and it has brought him to high places in both Louisiana and DC.

He started out as a House member’s intern, got noticed for a paper he did on health care which got him appointed head of Louisiana’s Health and Hospitals department, got snapped up by Tommy Thompson and HHS under Bush circa 2000, etc.

A guy who is a major policy wonk who has a background in health care can dismantle ObamaCare and put out an alternative that would fix many of the problems ObamaCare purported to address but actually made worse.

teke184 on September 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Perry isnt a strong enough candidate to get a lot of GOPers into his cabinent. he might get Pawlenty but I dont see any other big names going to work for him.

William Amos on September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Huh? He’s not a big enough candidate if he wins and needs to form a cabinet? Again, HUH?

angryed on September 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Wait and see. Perry has yet to disassociate himself from any of his friends.

cozmo on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

I expect that Palin will simply make commentary on how much better the GOP field is than Obama from the sidelines and then get fully behind whomever the nominee is. Her greatest influence will be with senate and house contests.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:32 PM

No current or former elected officials need apply, unless they quit during their term.

windansea on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

AND if they have their own reality TV show!

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Poor Romney lost all the momentum of his “Major” endorsement.

portlandon on September 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Her endorsement will carry more weight than her candidacy.

cartooner on September 12, 2011 at 4:31 PM

And why so? If she was in the debates, they would definitely attract more attention and more people would tune in. Whether or not she wins, her voice needs to be heard.

ConservativePartyNow on September 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM

After three weeks? Lets see what happens over the next month or so and how Perry fares with the indies. So far he seems intent on just getting the nomination with no concern for the general. He cannot run so far right that he can’t come back to the middle without looking like he is pandering.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:23 PM

As opposed to just about every other winning candidate did when they moved to their party’s base in the primaries then shifted to the center in the general?

Hollowpoint on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

De Mint is not for sale, though.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Every poll that has a “with Palin” and “without Palin” breakdown indicates that she takes votes from nearly everyone, including Romney.

So her endorsment would matter greatly regardless of whom she endorses.

DeMint’s role is overblown imho. I have yet to meet anyone who would change his or her Primary preference based on who DeMint endorses.

Norwegian on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

He lost because of Palin and because he didn’t want to do what was necessary to beat Obama.
csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Lost because of Palin? Are you kidding me? You are living in an alternate world. The only time McCain did better than dismal was when Palin joined the ticket.

Note: I am excited for Gov Perry is just because Palin isn’t in the race. And I will bet Romney isn’t going to get the nomination this time. We are sick and tired of flip-flop-flip-flop pols. At least I am.

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Qualifying for this year’s state elections were completed last week. While several did in fact file to run for governor, 90% of the voters has never heard anything about Jindal’s challengers and none has more than a couple thousand in campaign funds.

Perry polls EXTREMELY well in Louisiana, so it is no lose proposition for Jindal.

Governors actually do speak with each other, especially those from neighboring states, and regardless of party affiliation.

Jindal’s endorsement will mean as much as any other endorsement, if not more.

Kermit on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

these endorsements are a joke… a total charade of nonsense…

Gee, I hadn’t decided who I might want to support, but now that T-Paw has backed Romney, he’s my guy! oh, wait, Jindal backing Perry, Perry is now my guy! If only the Michelin man would endorse someone, I’d be able to make up my mind…

gatorboy on September 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

yawn more of the permenant political class playing their games.

I gues all the world is a stage.

unseen on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Jindal is a 40 year old conservative brainiac. I wish HE were running running for president. He was my FIRST choice(there are many threads from way back where I stated as much)-and his endorsement of Perry means a helleva lot!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 12, 2011 at 4:39 PM

Allahpundit on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

She’d have to join the club.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Yes, but everyone assumes she’ll endorse either Perry or Bachmann. Even if she doesn’t endorse them, that’s probably where her voters would go. The only way a Palin endorsement would be a huge bombshell is if she endorsed Romney, which would give him instant tea-party cred. But it’s hard to believe she’d do that.

Allahpundit on September 12, 2011 at 4:12 PM

I’ve been giving it some thought and if Palin decides not to run, I don’t think she’ll endorse anyone in the primaries. Instead, she will hold all their feet to the fire. I think she’ll put her efforts into furthering the Tea Party agenda and fighting the media’s portrayal of them as just a bunch of slack-jawed racists.

NoNails on September 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

but RCP makes a good point about DeMint in its latest post. If he shocks the world by endorsing Romney before the South Carolina primary, he could singlehandedly imperil Perry’s candidacy.

Jim DeMint has excellent conservative credibility, but he’s not the only major player in SC, and I’m not talking about Flimsy Grahamnesty. Governor Nikki Haley (R-SC) also has a lot of clout in SC, and DeMint wouldn’t want to risk splitting endorsements with her, or alienating her supporters, so the two might confer with each other before endorsing anyone.

Steve Z on September 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

As opposed to just about every other winning candidate did when they moved to their party’s base in the primaries then shifted to the center in the general?

Hollowpoint on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Which is why I said “So far to the right”. And this isn’t normal days. Perry can run to the right IF he can get the indies to move to him. They certainly should move to him, but what they don’t want is more slick political posturing. The electorate is awake.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Neither endorsement breaks either guy out of their niche.

Yeah – but which guy really needs to be broken out of his niche?

Romney.

Perry has the advantage of being a Southerner, at a time when the SOUTH is the geo-political center of the GOP universe.

HondaV65 on September 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

The only time McCain did better than dismal was when Palin joined the ticket.

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

And it immediately tanked.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

360 degrees of spin why Jindal is irrelevant. I ‘love’ these plots. Books/movies c/b composed, fiction to be sure.

This all benefits Sarah Palin. Haven’t seen it argued, yet, but it’s coming.

Schadenfreude on September 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

gatorboy on September 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

i’ve always thought the endorsements were more important for fundraising than for vote-getting. jindal’s backers throw their money behind perry now. but whatever the reason they are important or the candidates wouldnt work to get them

chasdal on September 12, 2011 at 4:43 PM

‘…If only the Michelin man would endorse someone, I’d be able to make up my mind…”

gatorboy on September 12, 2011 at 4:37 PM

He & the Stay-Puff marshmallow man are waiting for Christie to get in the race.

batterup on September 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

So her endorsment would matter greatly regardless of whom she endorses.

DeMint’s role is overblown imho. I have yet to meet anyone who would change his or her Primary preference based on who DeMint endorses.

Norwegian on September 12, 2011 at 4:36 PM

It would be interesting to poll the Palin worshipers here at Hot Air and see how many who hate the other candidates would suddenly endorse them if Palin told them to. My expectation is that she would be called a traitor etc.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

Perry’s….if he doesn’t get his crap together, Romney would love to have his endorsement. If Perry starts to get the better of Romney, he wont need anyone’s endorsement. And I would expect he would politely decline an offer from Palin to endorse him. She is toxic to the indies and our eventual nominee MUST have their support to beat Obama.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:16 PM

That makes sense if a person has a narrative that they are committed to and need to make events fit that narrative.

NoNails on September 12, 2011 at 4:44 PM

And it immediately tanked.

csdeven on September 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

So he would have done better with a different VP?

antisocial on September 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I’m interested in who Haley Barbour will endorse sense he is joining American Crossroads. Although they are supposedly sitting out the primaries, Rove can’t help himself when it comes to influence peddling. I will be disappointed if Gov. Barbour is a Romney kind of guy.

Cindy Munford on September 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I doubt Palin is going to run, and if she doesn’t I doubt she’d officially endorse anyone, at least right away. I don’t see her endorsement being anything close to a game-changer anyways- individual endorsements seldom are.

Are we to believe that after the daily “Perry is a corrupt RINO” threads at C4P that all of her supporters are going to immediately obey her command and back Perry if she did endorse him?

According to the polls, there’s not a great shift in support for any specific candidate when she’s included / excluded from them. Instead it’s a couple / few points spread among multiple candidates.

Granted, if she does endorse the eventual winner, her supporters will immediately credit her as the sole reason he won the nomination.

Hollowpoint on September 12, 2011 at 4:45 PM

” Romney’s running as the safe, northern, Wonder Bread establishment candidate…”

Allah…

… if Perry isn’t paying you for campaign slogans, he should be!

Seven Percent Solution on September 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

It is way too early to endorse anyone.

Looks like the repub estab are circling their wagons around
the candidate whose all hat and no cattle; of course, their
only objective is to defeat Obama and with Perry they can keep all their little croney capitalism kingdoms safe.

Also, if enough of them (repub estab) come out and endorse
Perry early, they may be thinking they can keep Palin from
announcing. Palin will be boxed in a corner. She doesn’t really
want to run although she would be the best candidate to run the
country via her stellar records in cutting spending and fighting
corruption, etc. If she endorses Perry I will lose all respect
for her. He is not the real deal and she is.

What is in it for Jindhal? Good question. There is no way
he knows what he needs to know in order to endorse any candidate.
And now Bob O’Donnell?

Yes, it will be interesting to see what DeMint does. If he is
a fiscal, constitutional conservative like he says he is, he cannot endorse Romney without looking foolish.

I smell a set up to keep Palin out.

Amjean on September 12, 2011 at 4:46 PM

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