According to New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, Paul’s speech meant that opponents of comprehensive immigration reform won’t have a top-tier presidential candidate in 2016. “All of the major 2016 figures — Paul, Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Paul Ryan, Scott Walker — support comprehensive reform,” wrote Chait. “Whichever candidate eventually emerges to speak for the anti-reform base — and one will; the lure of a mass followership and free time on Fox News is too great to pass up — will probably be a Herman Cain–esque huckster running a protest race rather than a serious candidacy.”
But one serious potential presidential candidate was overlooked: Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal.
“He doesn’t seem to have talked about it much,” Krikorian told me. “I haven’t heard him say anything about it other than just talk about his own family experience.” Jindal hasn’t spoken a lot about the issue, but in his 2010 book, Leadership and Crisis, Jindal criticized those who “think we should open up our borders and grant amnesty to millions of illegals who broke the law when they crossed the border.” Jindal did not mention any policies to accommodate the illegal immigrants already living in the United States. He wrote that we should simply secure the border and “enforce our existing immigration laws.”
“Former Senator Fred Thompson said it well when he noted that we should be a nation of high fences and wide gates,” wrote Jindal.