Thursday, July 24, 2008

No Thanks

John McCain was scheduled to go to New Orleans yesterday ostensibly to visit an off-shore oil rig and upstage the Obamapalooza tour of the Middle East, and also to meet with Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and size him up as a possible running mate.

But the trip was canceled at the last minute, citing the bad weather from Hurricane Dolly, not to mention an oil spill in the Mississippi River (“but there were none after Katrina…”), and Mr. McCain went to Pennsylvania instead.

So the fact that Gov. Jindal said that he was not interested in being Mr. McCain’s running mate probably had nothing whatsoever to do with the cancellation. No siree.

Mr. Jindal is being called a “rising star” in the GOP by a lot of people, and to his credit, his political savvy is being demonstrated when he shows the good sense not to hitch his hopes to a fumbling and shuddering campaign like that of John McCain. Being tagged as a part (and likely scapegoat) of a losing presidential ticket is not the way to embark on a political career, and in all likelihood Gov. Jindal knows it.