WSJ: Say, Jindal’s education reform works pretty well, huh?

posted at 11:35 am on January 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

What a great time for the Wall Street Journal to bring up this topic.  After all, the Republican candidates in the nomination battle have focused their arguments on actual competition-based reform and results, right?  Oh, wait … we’ve been too busy discussing 1997, 2003, and the finer points of class-warfare attacks on private enterprise and consulting.  That may be the reason for the WSJ’s attention:

Louisiana is already one of 12 states (including Washington, D.C.) that offer school vouchers, but its program benefits fewer than 2,000 students in New Orleans. Governor Jindal would extend eligibility to any low-income student whose school gets a C, D or F grade from state administrators. That’s almost 400,000 students—a bit more than half the statewide population—who could escape failing schools for private or virtual schools, career-based programs or institutions of higher education.

Funding for these vouchers (“scholarships” is the poll-tested term) would come not from a new fund, as in New Orleans, but from what the state already spends on public education per capita. So every student leaving a failing school would take about $8,500 (on average) with him, hitting the bureaucracy where it hurts. This is called competition, that crucial quality missing where monopolies reign.

Post-Katrina New Orleans is already the nation’s leading charter-school zone, with 80% of city students enrolled, academic performance improving dramatically, and plans to go all-charter by 2013. To spread the model statewide, the Governor would create new regional boards for authorizing charters and offer fast-track authorization to high-performing operators such as KIPP. He’d also give charters the same access to public facilities as traditional public schools.

As for tenure, Mr. Jindal would grant it only to teachers who are rated “highly effective” five years in a row, meaning the top 10% of performers. And tenure wouldn’t equal lifetime protection: A tenured teacher who rates in the bottom 10% (“ineffective”) in any year would return to probationary status. Ineffective teachers would receive no pay raise. Louisiana would also ban the “last in, first out” practice under which younger teachers are dismissed first, regardless of performance.

Wouldn’t this be a great topic for Republicans to discuss during the campaign?  Conservatives have tried pushing competition as a way to reform the public-school system for two decades.  No Child Left Behind originally included that as a key component, but George Bush retreated on it in the face of entrenched opposition in Congress.  A candidate who might be looking to burnish conservative credentials might think carefully about working in ways to support Jindal’s reforms as part of their own platform.

Of course, that might not be the only hint the WSJ has chosen to drop:

Louisiana used to be one of America’s most ill-governed states, but Mr. Jindal pushed major economic and ethics reforms in his first term and is now starting his second with his education moon shot. It would be one giant leap for Louisiana students.

Regardless of who wins the nomination, that makes a pretty good resume for a running mate, does it not?  An outside-the-Beltway reformer with a successful track record of reform, who is also a Southern governor, a staunch pro-lifer, and a young star in the party already on his second term?  I’d call this a not-so-subtle hint on several levels from the WSJ.


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But he gave a boring speech 4 years ago!

lorien1973 on January 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Yep, he’d be a great choice for veep.

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

All I know is that some – maybe most – in higher education in Louisiana are NOT happy with Jindal.

I don’t doubt Jindal’s doing something reasonable and I suspect that there’s a bit of hyperbole going on from the academic quarters. Never-the-less…

I have a friend who works for the alumni association of our alma mater back home in Louisiana. He voted for Jindal when he ran for gov. and won his first term but I doubt he did so a second time. Just about every time I talk to him, he’s ranting about how much Jindal is reducing the money flowing to their school. The way he tells it, they’re dehydrating!!!

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Jindal doesn’t need to hitch his wagon to falling stars. He’s doing fine where he is. You’re not ready for him, yet.

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

His Mr. Rogers speech was a classic. Jindal/West 2016!

KeninCT on January 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM

DRAFT JINDAL!!

TallDave on January 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

A candidate who might be looking to burnish conservative credentials might think carefully about working in ways to support Jindal’s reforms as part of their own platform.

Only if suggesting all governors look at reforms by Jindal and Walker as a way to start overhauling their education programs because the Department of Education is being eliminated due to his poor performance.

LoganSix on January 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Would be a great asset for VP. We would have to hear about that exorcism stuff again though.

DanStark on January 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM

A couple styrofoam Greek columns (hey you can buy real Greek columns for the same price these days) and you’ve got yourself a President.

HopeHeFails on January 31, 2012 at 11:43 AM

lorien1973 on January 31, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Did anyone listen to the speech, I thought they couldn’t get past the way he entered the room.

I love Gov. Jindal but I can’t help but believe that he is right where he needs to be now. Louisiana is a bigger mess than most states and throw Katrina in the mix and you have a long term project, every bit of two terms.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

When America lets the current VP get away with repeated incidents of mocking Indian-Americans, it doesn’t deserve Jindal, IMO. We deserve a VP like Biden.

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

He’s got the chops for it. Always has.

a capella on January 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I would prefer Jindal remain where he is, just like Palin should have stayed where she was, and continue to grow and mature as a future leader in the Republican party. Same goes for Christi, Haley, etc…I am not worried abou the future of the Republican party, we have some heavy hitters down the road. Patience…

gator70 on January 31, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Jindal ticked off another friend of mine back home – who also voted for him previously (but not this last go-round I believe). This particular friend of mine is even more conservative than me – he will vote Constitution Party quicker than I will. He was quite displeased to see the level and degree of compromise and political games Jindal did soon after becoming governor.

Therefore, if Jindal’s willing to play footsie with the GOP establishment and play the political compromise game, he’d be a good sell for a VP candidate.

It would certainly make for a good combo no matter who gets the GOP presidential nod. Jindal’s got the fiscal conservative creds and thus could balance Santorum. He’s also quite pro-life.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Is he a “natural born” citizen? Were his parents US citizens when Bobby was born?

We don’t need another mess on this issue.

FOWG1 on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

My immediate reaction to someone from higher education being annoyed is that it would be a feature not a flaw. It would be interesting to know if the schools got extra funds due to Katrina and if they have cut their costs and removed majors that have no application in the real world. Until “higher education” does any of that, I am not inclined to sympathize.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

The Joe Biden – Bobby Jindal V.P. debate would necessarily be held in a 7-Eleven or Dunkin Donuts shop, no?

SlaveDog on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

When America lets the current VP get away with repeated incidents of mocking Indian-Americans, it doesn’t deserve Jindal, IMO. We deserve a VP like Biden.

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 11:45 AM

This is why we can’t have nice things! :P

thebrokenrattle on January 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Regardless of who wins the nomination, that makes a pretty good resume for a running mate, does it not? An outside-the-Beltway reformer with a successful track record of reform, who is also a Southern governor, a staunch pro-lifer, and a young star in the party already on his second term? I’d call this a not-so-subtle hint on several levels from the WSJ.

It’s a not-so-subtle hint from you too, Ed. You’re really on the Jindal bandwagon, ain’t ya? Nothing wrong with that though. Romney selecting Jindal would make me take him far more seriously when he makes all his claims about being conservative. And people need to get over the much ridiculed SOTU response 3 years ago. Those almost never come off well no matter who the speaker is.

Doughboy on January 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

When I read stories like this, I can’t help but wonder how we’re stuck with this current crop of candidates.

Then I took an arrow to the knee…?

Aizen on January 31, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’d vote for Jindal over anyone running right now.

ConservativePartyNow on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

The state teacher’s union is incredibly pissed about Jindal’s proposed reforms too, which makes me think he’s got something here. My kids are in a great school, but there are so damn many pitiful ones here, and it’s simply ridiculous to keep pouring money into such an abyss.

Oh, and y’all can’t have him yet.

CantCureStupid on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Yes, he’d be great for… Education Secretary.
Not eligible for Veep.

Dexter_Alarius on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Did anyone listen to the speech, I thought they couldn’t get past the way he entered the room.

I love Gov. Jindal but I can’t help but believe that he is right where he needs to be now. Louisiana is a bigger mess than most states and throw Katrina in the mix and you have a long term project, every bit of two terms.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Louisiana has always been a big mess. Katrina and Deepwater, Blanco and Obama just made it worse. But, Louisianians have had a history of shooting themselves in the foot economically. They may not be hillbillies from the Ozarks or Mississip and Bama, but they might as well be like the outcasts of the outcasts in the south.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Could one of the lawyers here at HA bring me up to speed on this. My understanding from one of the law folks here is that Jindal has a Constitutional issue regarding natural/native born requirements. What can you tell me to help clarify?

Bmore on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

queue the birthers…

bannor on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

What he is doing sounds good. But does it work? Are the kids who change schools getting a better education? I recently moved mine from private to public. Not seeing a difference. In some ways it is better. A bigger sampling than mine would be a better measure.

Bear on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

FOWG1 on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

His parents were LEGAL residents when he was born. HE was born in Baton Rouge.
HE is eligible.
We need to let go of this birther BS…NOW!
Jindal was ALWAYS my first choice.
Go Bobby!!!

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

This is a model of the state being responsible for education, but not for running an educational business.

J_Crater on January 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

queue F**K the birthers…

bannor on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM
FIFY

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

If Jindall were on the ticket, it’d be much easier to support it. At least we’d be getting a solid conservative closer to the WH.

TitularHead on January 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Yes, he’d be great for… Education Secretary. …

Dexter_Alarius on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’d go for that. And give him the mandate to phase out the Department and his job by the end of the President’s first term.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I’d vote for Jindal over anyone running right now.

ConservativePartyNow on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

THIS^^^^^

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

heh we need Jindal/Rubio vs Obama we’d have synchronized detonation of birthers heads everywhere

bannor on January 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Jindal ticked off another friend of mine back home – who also voted for him previously (but not this last go-round I believe). This particular friend of mine is even more conservative than me – he will vote Constitution Party quicker than I will. He was quite displeased to see the level and degree of compromise and political games Jindal did soon after becoming governor.

Therefore, if Jindal’s willing to play footsie with the GOP establishment and play the political compromise game, he’d be a good sell for a VP candidate.

It would certainly make for a good combo no matter who gets the GOP presidential nod. Jindal’s got the fiscal conservative creds and thus could balance Santorum. He’s also quite pro-life.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Sounds like you friend needs to walk in that man’s shoes. Tell him if he thinks he can be more conservative than Jindal, what is stopping him from running for governor? I always get a kick out of people refusing to vote for the most conservative person because said person did not live up to their conservative standards. The pissed off person then votes for the least conservative as a protest.

Conservative4Ever on January 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:55 AM

I want him as president-but he’d also be great in HHS.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

If I were Jindal, there’s no way I’d hitch my wagon to Romney. Mitt might be better off getting someone of a similar ideological disposition, like Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins…although they might be a little too far to the right for Mitt.

Or if he wants to balance the ticket, he can pick a psuedo-conservative who loves to sell out the base every chance he gets. How about Lindsay Graham? That would give it some geographical balance, as well.

DRayRaven on January 31, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

My take exactly. Hey Logus, keep coming with the stories about your friends hating Jindal. They’re as vacuous as you are.

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

SlaveDog on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I laughed.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Whoever wins the Republican nomination, if they cared about the nation, would ask Jindal to be the Presidential candidate and they would be the VP…

right2bright on January 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If it were Mitt/Jindal we’d have two former management consultants. I don’t have any problems w/ that and it could be a good thing, actually. It’s interesting from a perspective on careers for pols. Used to be law school was the way to go.

Steven McGregor on January 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

why the everyday voter would not support school choice voucher system is beyond me. Do they really want to support a system where the money\wealth one has the more school choice is available?

WashJeff on January 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Jindal?…Bobby Jindal? You mean the very same Bobby Jindal that botched a Republican response to Obama back in ’09? The same guy who has brought Louisiana out of the old Democratic machine of corruption and is building a solid record of economic growth? THAT Bobby Jindal? The same guy that endorsed Rick Perry for president?
He’s as dumb as the idiots he endorses. This record of his is more Landrieu and Nagin than HIM! Puhleeeeese!
/

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Jindal is a true statesman. He’d be a fine choice for veep but I would rather see him make his own way for now.

LetsBfrank on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Now that Louisiana and New Jersey are getting their acts so obviously together it sure puts a target on Illinois doesn’t it?

One of these is not like the others…what could it be?

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

No, Ed, no. Candidates for federal office should refrain from opining on education issues, which are the purview of state and local government. This is why our system is screwed up and bankrupt at every level.

Sheerq on January 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Jindal ticked off another friend of mine back home – who also voted for him previously (but not this last go-round I believe). This particular friend of mine is even more conservative than me – he will vote Constitution Party quicker than I will. He was quite displeased to see the level and degree of compromise and political games Jindal did soon after becoming governor.

Therefore, if Jindal’s willing to play footsie with the GOP establishment and play the political compromise game, he’d be a good sell for a VP candidate.

It would certainly make for a good combo no matter who gets the GOP presidential nod. Jindal’s got the fiscal conservative creds and thus could balance Santorum. He’s also quite pro-life.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Oy vey.

Conservatives: always making the perfect the enemy of the great.

rockmom on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

…and the rest of the MSM will certainly highlight what Jindal is doing!

KOOLAID2 on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:02 PM

ROTFL.
I work with a personal friend of Jindal’s.
According to him-Bobby Jindal IS the real deal…and he and Suriya are generally nice, down-to-earth people to boot.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Let Jindal run in ’16 after Obama finishes his second term.

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I absolutely love it. I have always been in favor of school choice and school voucher programs. Taking the money out of the bloated budgets of the public schools is sheer genius.

MadisonConservative on January 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

The state teacher’s union is incredibly pissed about Jindal’s proposed reforms too, which makes me think he’s got something here. My kids are in a great school, but there are so damn many pitiful ones here, and it’s simply ridiculous to keep pouring money into such an abyss.
Oh, and y’all can’t have him yet.
CantCureStupid on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I don’t blame you for that last line. : )

But, we’re still gonna try.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Conservative policies work when and where they are tried. I wish the party would focus on policy issues and their results. Highlighting Wisconsin Louisiana and Puerto Rico as the latest examples of conservative policies working. They could play the fear mongering Democrats screaming about how the world will end if we try a conservative idea and then show the results after a year or two and how conservative ideas actually work. Contrast that with Illinois California and New York to illustrate how liberal policies are doomed to failure.

Grunt on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Jindal has done a better job running a screwed up state than anyone in the country.

He gave a bad speech four years ago…do you remember what Clinton did 4 years before he became President? He gave a speech to the DNC where the crowd CHEERED WHEN HE LEFT THE STAGE.

Jindal is by far more conservative than ANY of the guys running for President.

Anyone dumb enough to not at least consider him for veep doesn’t deserve to be involved in the conversation.

neoavatara on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

My son graduates from high school in May…in Illinois. He’s then escaping to Texas for college.
‘Nuff said.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Regardless of who wins the nomination, that makes a pretty good resume for a running mate, does it not? An outside-the-Beltway reformer with a successful track record of reform, who is also a Southern governor, a staunch pro-lifer, and a young star in the party already on his second term? I’d call this a not-so-subtle hint on several levels from the WSJ.

Of course a former Jindal aide is quoted today as saying that it is all but likely that Obama will win in November. Just sayin’

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s Supriya (“beloved”), not Suriya (“sun”).

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

LOL! Can we blame it on the French?

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

ROTFL.
I work with a personal friend of Jindal’s.
According to him-Bobby Jindal IS the real deal…and he and Suriya are generally nice, down-to-earth people to boot.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Jindal definitely has his act together. he’d have to do something pretty socialist to lose my support!

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

It’s Supriya (“beloved”), not Suriya (“sun”).

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

My apologies.
She’s still a classy lady.
What a huge improvement over the Star Wars Character she would be.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Yes, he’d be great for… Education Secretary.

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes!

While we’re proposing high-profile Republicans for positions in the administration, let’s put Rick Perry as head of the EPA, Jan Brewer as Atty General, Sarah Palin as the head of Energy, Ron Paul over Treasury (can you imagine the fireworks?), and just get rid of Commerce, Agriculture, HHS, and HUD.

Oh, and best of all, Newt as Press Secretary. White House Press Conferences would get better ratings than American Idol!

Mohonri on January 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Jindal definitely has his act together. he’d have to do something pretty socialist to lose my support!

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

I just can’t picture him doing socialist things.
*shrugs*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

CantCureStupid on January 31, 2012 at 11:51 AM

I’ve always viewed it as a sign of good governance if you’ve got public-sector unions angry at you.

Happy Nomad on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Logus isn’t vacuous, we all have friends and worse yet, family, just like he describes. Bless their hearts.

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Oy vey.

Conservatives: always making the perfect the enemy of the great.

rockmom on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

That’s what I thought.

As screwed up as Louisiana has been for as long as it has been.

They expected Jindal to change it overnight.

cozmo on January 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Regardless of who wins the nomination, that makes a pretty good resume for a running mate, does it not?

No one has a more impressive resume than Jindal:

–A wide variety of accomplishments

–Impeccable conservative credentials

–Not An Old White Man

itsnotaboutme on January 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Let Jindal run in ’16 after Obama finishes his second term the country.

portlandon on January 31, 2012 at 12:06 PM

FIFY.

Archivarix on January 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Conservative policies work when and where they are tried. I wish the party would focus on policy issues and their results. Highlighting Wisconsin Louisiana and Puerto Rico as the latest examples of conservative policies working. They could play the fear mongering Democrats screaming about how the world will end if we try a conservative idea and then show the results after a year or two and how conservative ideas actually work. Contrast that with Illinois California and New York to illustrate how liberal policies are doomed to failure.

Grunt on January 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

How true, the sad part is that for years many “conservatives” in office have compromised just enough to prevent success. Progressives are good at targeting the keys to success and getting them eliminated.

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:16 PM

What he is doing sounds good. But does it work? Are the kids who change schools getting a better education?

Bear on January 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Don’t know about his reforms specifically (although the article says the current program only benefits 2,000 students, so I imagine it’s hard to say). If you want some info on the effects of school choice, vouchers and charter schools in general, I suggest watching this movie. It’s available on a particular streaming service you may already subscribe to.

Lost in Jersey on January 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Jindal was ALWAYS my first choice.
Go Bobby!!!
annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Let’s see if I followed your ‘progress’ accurately.

First – Bobby Jindal, THEN Rick Perry, THEN Newt Gingrich,
THEN (today, no less) Rick Santorum, NOW Bobby Jindal, again.

My head hurts, after that. But still, I’ll check back later this afternoon to see you you’re backing then.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Let Jindal run in ’16 after Obama finishes his second term.

Let Jindal run in ’16 after Obama finishes his second term. off America for good.

Right Mover on January 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I just can’t picture him doing socialist things.
*shrugs*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Oh, me neither. just sayin’ it would take something shocking.

cartooner on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Is he a “natural born” citizen? Were his parents US citizens when Bobby was born?

We don’t need another mess on this issue.

FOWG1 on January 31, 2012 at 11:48 AM

His parents had green cards for permanent residency when he was born; they were both students at LUS at the time. So it’s not an issue.

I wish he would stay in Louisiana for 4 more years.

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I work with a personal friend of Jindal’s.
According to him-Bobby Jindal IS the real deal…and he and Suriya are generally nice, down-to-earth people to boot.

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Add this to the credentials listed at 12:15, plus he’s great at articulating conservatism, & he showed great courage & tenacity when fighting Obama during the Gulf spill crisis.

itsnotaboutme on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

No, Ed, no. Candidates for federal office should refrain from opining on education issues, which are the purview of state and local government. This is why our system is screwed up and bankrupt at every level.

Sheerq on January 31, 2012 at 12:04 PM

True, but why our education system is failing needs to be articulated. Someone needs to inform the public about what works vs. what doesn’t. Someone needs to explain to the public that shoveling more cash to corrupt teachers unions will never fix the problem. Someone needs to explain to the public that our education system was better with less funding and what has actually gone wrong and why.

Articulating the problems doesn’t necessarily equate with advocating for a solution at the federal level.

visions on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Yep, he’d be a great choice for veep.

changer1701 on January 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Jindal should never be anyone’s VP. Jindal makes all of the clowns (except for Santorum) look like they’re in Junior High.

Midwestprincesse on January 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Bobby Jindal decided not to run.
It’s hard to support someone for president who chooses not to RUN for president.
I still think he was the best choice…and you forgot my support of Tim Pawlenty.
*runs*

annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

I work with a personal friend of Jindal’s.
According to him-Bobby Jindal IS the real deal…and he and Suriya are generally nice, down-to-earth people to boot.
annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I agree.

Bobby Jindal is as genuine as Rick Santorum or Sarah Palin.

Yeah, I think Sarah’s genuine. I’ve seen all the posts from those of you who think otherwise, but it hasn’t changed my mind any.
I don’t agree with her backing Newt (if, in fact she’s backing Newt), but I DO believe she’s genuine.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

His parents had green cards for permanent residency when he was born; they were both students at LUS at the time. So it’s not an issue.

I wish he would stay in Louisiana for 4 more years.

Del Dolemonte on January 31, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Lafayette Utilities System?! ;)

Just as long as you don’t confuse LSU with ULL… them’s fightin’ words.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

For those wondering why higher education in LA gets cut when we have a shortfall it is because all budget items in LA are constitutionally protected except higher ed and health care.

Yes this was pushed through by the dumb)*)ss Edwin Edwards admin. It is a great way to protect cronies.

jdsbengaltiger on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

cozmo on January 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Met one of your friends here last evening. They tell me he is a HA treasure. All I can say is no accounting for tastes. A real chip on his shoulder though.

Bmore on January 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

. . . . and you forgot my support of Tim Pawlenty.
*runs*
annoyinglittletwerp on January 31, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Yep, I missed your support for Tim Pawlenty.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Try to keep up, if you can.

Governor Jindal unveils education reform plan.

Christien on January 31, 2012 at 12:32 PM

LOL! Can we blame it on the French?

Cindy Munford on January 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Oui. Dey got’s demselves all oui-oui’d up. Maybe it has something to do with holding their noses in the air too high…

Le sigh.

My take exactly. Hey Logus, keep coming with the stories about your friends hating Jindal. They’re as vacuous as you are.

DanMan on January 31, 2012 at 11:58 AM

You sir know neither them nor me to make such a claim based upon such a small sample and reflection.

Frankly I have nothing against Mr. Jindal, would have voted for him and would vote for him were I still living in Louisiana or if he ever runs for President/VP (barring Romney snags him).

My friends don’t “hate” him. They feel about the same with Jindal as so many of us felt with G W Bush when he was in office, especially that last year. Not to mention the fact that my academic friend is a self-proclaimed southern blue-dog Democrat who doesn’t follow politics and my other friend is a burnt out political junkie.

But, feel free to hold such an erroneous view of me and mine.

As it happens, Louisiana will always be home to me, no matter how long I remain away from it. And, for good or ill, in toto, Jindal’s been very good for the state so far as I can tell.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 12:40 PM

As a teacher in the DFW area I have had many Katrina refugees who stayed here come through the door over the years. They seriously need this reform.

tommytom02 on January 31, 2012 at 12:43 PM

jdsbengaltiger on January 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Ah E.E. Louisianian Democrats can point to him for a lot of their present political woes I believe. Him and Kathleen Blanco. Conversely, Republicans have him to thank, though he left them and the state quite a mess… though Louisiana has a lovely history of political corruption, all the way back to the Bourbons.

Logus on January 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Jindal would be a good choice for a VP.

I know everyone is high on Rubio (unless and until he endorses Mitt, assuming Mitt secures the nomination, at which point I’m sure he’ll be branded a RINO traitor), but I think Jindal and Bob McDonnell of VA are likely on the remaining candidates short-lists, or should be at least.

(well, except for Ron Paul. I’m sure he’d love to run with a fellow kook like Jesse Ventura, or something)

Vyce on January 31, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Regardless of who wins the nomination, that makes a pretty good resume for a running mate, does it not?

Would prefer the resume be submitted for President, not Vice President.

ncconservative on January 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

MOHONRI
I want Sheriff Joe to head ICE. Watching liberals have fits would be a blast.

barnone on January 31, 2012 at 12:55 PM

cozmo on January 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Met one of your friends here last evening. They tell me he is a HA treasure. All I can say is no accounting for tastes. A real chip on his shoulder though.

Bmore on January 31, 2012 at 12:29 PM

I think you mistake me for someone else. I have no friends here. Just a few folks whom I dislike incrementally less than the rest of the developmentally arrested beta-male political junkies, and those who aspire to be their mates, that seem to live here as opposed to having anything resembling a real life.

My goal is to be universally hated, then find the cure to AIDS, cancer and hemorrhoids. I will then withhold those cures until such a time as I am worshiped by the same nutballs who hated me.

Every one must have goals.

cozmo on January 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Jindal should be on the VP short list. Plus, he probably has some juicy tid-bits about the President’s response to the BP oil spill.

TheStatistQuo on January 31, 2012 at 1:00 PM

shouldn’t the WSJ talk about this creepy looking little weirdos claim that he “exorcised a demon” out of a “possessed” women? I mean come on that sort of insanity almost makes closet case Santorum seem not totally bent on religious stupidity.

Your Mamma loves me on January 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Keep your ‘Mitts’ off of Bobby. We need him here for now. 2016 is soon enough.

CaliforniaRefugee on January 31, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Jindal would be a good choice. Sure he isn’t the most dynamic personality, but he has a ton of conservative cred, and he’s a total wonk. That might not seem like a big selling point for a lot of people, but anything that makes the ticket look more competent and serious is going to go a long way towards diffusing Obama’s attack strategy.

WolvenOne on January 31, 2012 at 1:25 PM

cozmo on January 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Lol, correct as always, should read; Met one of your friends nutballs here last evening.

Bmore on January 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Back in ’08 I had said the Palin/Jindal 2012. But I didn’t expect the MSM to hammer Palin after the ’08 election so much. I had hoped the two of them would have quietly gone back to their States and gained some more experience to get ready for 2012. Well here’s to broken dreams. Now were stuck with Newt or Romney. So now I get to vote for Santorum.

multiuseless on January 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

heh we need Jindal/Rubio vs Obama we’d have synchronized detonation of birthers heads everywhere

bannor on January 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Really funny, just the thought of heads exploding.

Thanks for the comic relief.

vpaddy123 on January 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Actually, I just thought about this more-so, and it may be an even better match-up than I initially thought.

Reportedly, the Obama administration is ready to play the Mormon card on Romney. However one of the only real cards they can play against Jindal is that he once took part in an exorcism.

It seems to me, that any evangelical that might be put off by the Mormon thing, would be even more incensed over team-Obama’s belittling of a devout mans faith.

Of course such an attack would galvanize anti-religious sentiment on the left. Lets be honest though, the Mormon thing was probably gonna do that anyway, and its not as if we had a chance of getting THOSE particular votes.

WolvenOne on January 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Full disclosure: My mother was a career educator.

So what happens when everybody decides to take their “scholarships” (a term that implies some level of scholastic excellence – perhaps not applicable in this case) to better-rated schools? Are the schools really the problem? Doesn’t every student in this country already receive a $100k education, usually at somebody else’s expense? Doesn’t every school, even in the worst areas, have a valedictorian?

I think the problem with education in this country is poor parenting and a lack of campus discipline. Teachers are better than they’ve ever been – more educated, more adaptable, and more adept and integrating the newest technologies into the educatioal experiences. It is our society which has changed.

Vouchers – er, scholarships – may or may not be a good idea, but they place all the blame on the school, relieve parents and students of any responsibility to learn, and camouflage and avoid problems that need to be addressed head-on.

Rant done.

The Bringer on January 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

bannor on January 31, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Really funny, just the thought of heads exploding.
Thanks for the comic relief.
vpaddy123 on January 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

All they have to do is wrap their heads with Duct Tape.
That way they’ll have all the pieces with them to take to the ER, later.

listens2glenn on January 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

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