Viewpoint: November 19, 2008 - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

Viewpoint: November 19, 2008

This Saturday, Governor Bobby Jindal will be away from home again. He'll be in Iowa, where he's been invited by a Christian group to speak at its annual fundraiser. Jindal will be sharing stories with flood victims, something both states have in common. Iowa and Louisiana also have an interest in a recovery bill working its way through congress.

But the political pundits see things a bit differently. Iowa, with its early caucus, is where presidential campaigns often begin. And Jindal is becoming a familiar face on national broadcasts as reporters and talk show hosts look for signs of new leadership emerging from a wounded GOP. With campaign 2012 already on the radar, Jindal is repeating what he said when he was on John McCain's short list for a running mate. He already has the job wants .... a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fix Louisiana. That turnaround won't likely be finished before the 2012 campaign begins.

The positive focus on Governor Jindal is certainly casting Louisiana in a better light. For too long, this state and its politicians have been the brunt of too many jokes. We hope that Jindal keeps his focus on his mission here. We don't want to see this state's recovery sidetracked by pressure from the national party. Remember, Hillary also had the job she wanted.
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