I wish my friend and former co-worker Brian was here – he passed away about three months ago. We used to discuss politics a lot. He was liberal and I am libertarian and conservative but we respected one another! Brian would be so excited for me for either Condoleezza Rice or Bobby Jindal for VP this time.
In 2008, I wanted McCain to pick Bobby Jindal, the new governor of Louisiana, who had turned his state away from corruption and politics as usual to be a leader in ethics in government and education reform. (Think about that: Louisiana, the home of Huey Long, the Kingfish, leading the nation in ETHICS in government?) I am glad Jindal did not get selected; he has worked hard in the Bayou State and needed that time to do exactly that.
Jindal has a bio that many 80 year old politicos would kill for: State cabinet secretary (Health and Hospitals – at 24!), university system president (LSU), HHS sub-cabinet secretary, Congressman and now Governor of Louisiana. All before 40! (I think I need to lay down until this mid-life thing goes away…) He also has a strong faith in Christ and is appropriately conservative.
He is CLEARLY qualified to go to President immediately!
But I like Condoleezza Rice too! She is also smart, qualified to be President (has never held elective office but was Secretary of State and National Security Advisor), and is a strong woman of faith!
If the Rice thing causes conservatives to rise up and demand a “real” conservative (Rice is a real conservative but more of a national security kind), they may turn to Jindal:
Conservative advisors to Mitt Romney’s campaign are starting to coalesce behind Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as their pick for vice president, according to several sources who believe that he will be their champion in a Romney administration that some fear will be too moderate.
“We want somebody who we can talk to and who will take our case to the president,” said one conservative Romney advisor. “He’s one of us.”
Want health care? Jindal can talk Biden (or anyone else) under the table on health care! Education? Jindal get passed a limited statewide voucher system! Want an idea guy? Jindal’s your guy. He’ll be able to discuss immigration with authority – he was born of immigrants three months after they came to Baton Rouge!
So Rice or Jindal? This source says it’s Rice, Jindal and Christie! (I respect Gov. Christie but not for VP.)
It currently seems that Rice is in the lead. Jindal and Christie are in the running, Ryan and Scott are long-shots. If you’re a political junkie, this is exciting, but if you take it seriously, the choice is only incidentally political. If Romney’s choice shows better judgment than President Obama’s choice of Joe Biden, it will be good for Romney and good for America.
Go for it Governor Romney! Rice or Jindal are the choices of this blogger. And tell the country about your visionary father. George Romney would have been a better President than the one we got in ’68 I’m afraid…
PS: This source says Romney is listening to my other hero John Bolton and could if he wins make Ambassador Bolton Secretary of State! I’ll do donuts in my yard like I did for the fencing sweep in 2008 if Bolton is sent to State!
The Romney-Bolton connection firmed up in 2010 when both came out against the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) with Russia. The treaty, which has since been passed by Congress and signed by Mr. Obama, was a divisive issue among Republicans. Retiring Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, led an unsuccessful drive to block the accord.
This is one more reason to like Ambassador Bolton – he is against the Small Arms Treaty!
John Bolton affirms that the ‘Small Arms’ treaty is indeed a plot to force America to enforce gun control. Fortunately he says that gun rights advocates have gotten 58 senators to vote against it, but the treaty isn’t anything new and it likely won’t go away.
I hope and pray the ambassador is right! Try this video! I love this line: “The United States adheres to its treaties. That makes it different from most other countries in the world that happily sign these things and don’t enforce them!” Bolton is the sovereignty guy. He should be appointed to State if Romney wins.