Jindal's Victory is Personal to Me

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Bobby Jindal won tonight. I may live in Georgia now, but I'm Louisianian through and through. This is historic. No one has ever won a gubernatorial primary outright in Louisiana until tonight.

I cannot really express what this means to me.

It's like how the exiled English felt when Mary I died and Elizabeth was crowned. It was safe to go home again.

If you don't live in Louisiana, you have no clue what it is like. You may think you do, but you don't. You make think your state sucks, but it doesn't really compared to Louisiana. Louisiana sucks in a way that is soul killing because it is such a wonderful, beautiful, wonderful place, and yet it is so dysfunctional it saps and taxes (quite literally, they tax everything there) your talent and your energy and you leave if you can, like I did.

Think of the United States if Reagan had claimed victory after 200 years of Carter, instead of just 4. That's what this is like. That's the closest equivalent.

It's safe to go home now. Freedom stirs.

I won't go home now because I've made Georgia my home with my wife and child. But I could now without regret. Others will and they will help Bobby Jindal begin rebuilding the state. And it will be glorious.

Today is not a good day for Republicans. It is, but it isn't really. Today is instead a good day for Louisiana and for this country. If a state like Louisiana can overcome its legacies and histories and vote for a guy named Jindal of East Indian heritage and make him the Governor of Huey Long's populist-socialist mecca, this nation can overcome anything.

But don't hold your breath on the media talking about a staunchly southern state electing a guy who is a minority to the Governor's Mansion as a Republican. That'd disrupt their narrative too much.


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I wonder if McCain is going to see these results and start running on Ethics reform and cleaning up government again?

...has the historic opportunity of being the guy that buries the ghost of Huey Pierce Long once & for all.

Signs that the day of the good ol' boys may be done: a runoff (and a strong R challenger) for long-time Commissioner of Agriculture & Forestries Bob Odom, and the possible primary ousting of Charles Foti. (With about 50 25 precincts left to count, Alexander leads for 2nd place by 1,000 4,000 votes!)

Thanks for your comments, Erick. I am a transplant, not a native. The squandered opportunity that is Louisiana could make you cry. If anyone should get the notion that populist socialism is the way to go, they've been trying it in LA since the twenties & it's gotten us to #50 on all the lists that count. It's been tried, and it really sucks.

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is the only way to describe Jindal's victory. A Catholic triumph with big and small c!

Today is not a good day for Republicans. It is, but it isn't really. Today is instead a good day for Louisiana and for this country. If a state like Louisiana can overcome its legacies and histories and vote for a guy named Jindal of East Indian heritage and make him the Governor of Huey Long's populist-socialist mecca, this nation can overcome anything.

Amen. It is a beautiful moment.

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I lost my house in Katrina, and it has been depressing here. I felt literally sick when Nagin was re-elected.

You are correct about how bad this state sucks. A new day has come. This is the most positive I have ever felt about my state. I feel now that I can rebuild my house and stay.

Glorious day!

I donno. Nagan sucks, no doubt, but I can think of one person that sucks even more: Mitch Landreiu.

“I am telling people loosen your ties, fire up the coffee pots, get ready for the weekend, ... We've got a lot of work to do.”

- John Bolton

I am no fan of the Landreius. One of them was one of my neighbors pre-Katrina.

But I can say this. Before the last election, our civic association in Lakeview had a meeting and invited all of the candidates to speak. All of them came and spoke except for one. Nagin did not show up and he sent no representative. After his chocolate city comment, he didn't have the guts to show up in our neighborhood. Since re-election, Nagin has been a no-show, except for when he appears to spout wild conspiracy theories, or to say things like "the high crime rate is good because it keeps New Orleans in the news."

Mitch recently spoke at a local conference that I attended. He is a political hack for the democrats no doubt, but he had a good grasp of the problems we face. He took a swipe at his own sister, and was absolutely brutal towards some of the democratic presidential candidates. He said he was "pissed off" at John Edwards coming here and pretending to drive in some nails in order to launch his campaign. He didn't like these people coming and using New Orleans simply as a prop for their campaigns.

He acknowledged that the city had been in decline long before Katrina, including the time his dad was mayor. He also realized that we need to get business to come back to the area if we are to recover. You can tell he loves the city, and he shows passion and energy that you never see from Nagin. Nagin is an embarrassment and worse than useless.

Good News, Foti is not in the runoff for AG, now he can go on Court TV and whine about how he was right in the Nursing Home case.

Yah, I noticed that. It seems the voters really were in the mood to do some house cleaning.

I wonder if Jindal can help the R win. It seems like it'll be an uphill battle, and the new D actually seems like a halfway decent guy, (at least from the little I know about him), but it would sure send a strong message that a new sheriff is in town if he could help the R win.

“I am telling people loosen your ties, fire up the coffee pots, get ready for the weekend, ... We've got a lot of work to do.”

- John Bolton

I know people hear hate to hear it, but Jindal needs to work with LA Dems. His first action should not be to take a major partisan role and advocate only for Rs. He has the goodwill of many Ds right now and he will convert them through his success, not through pure partisanship.

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There's a difference between being a rabid partisan hack, and merely going out to show support for a fellow Republican.

Anyone who would be unreasonable enough to attack him for making positive noises about another Republican, isn't going to be someone Jindal was going to be able to work with anyway.

Think long term. Think party building to continue whatever momentum Jindal creates.

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Since he's going to be governor here soon, doesn't that mean there is going to be another open seat in the House? Is his seat pretty safe GOP?

It is a very strong Republican district.

Let's put it this way: In 2006, Bobby was re-elected with 88% of the vote.

“I am telling people loosen your ties, fire up the coffee pots, get ready for the weekend, ... We've got a lot of work to do.”

- John Bolton


Louisiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Bobby Jindal, his wife Supriya and son Shaan Robert, acknowledge supporters as they enter their election night party headquarters in Baton Rouge, La. Saturday night Oct. 20, 2007. Jindal defeated a field of candidates to become Louisiana's governor elect. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Updated: 12:38 a.m. ET October 21, 2007
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For all the reasons Eric laid out. A great day for America. Jindl wins on the first ballot. Outstanding. Let us give thanks and redouble our efforts to change this country.

a fellow named Judah Benjamin to the US Senate, the first professing Jew so elected in the US. Benjamin went on to be the first Jewish Cabinet officer, albeit in the Cabinet of the Confederate States of America.

Louisiana is just the saddest of the sad tales of the Old South. For whatever reason, it drank deepest of the draught of populism with which The South flirted in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. Maybe this is indeed a new day there.

In Vino Veritas

and best wishes for his success. He has quite a job ahead of him.

I live in Georgia but I was born in Louisiana and most of my family still lives in Bogalusa. (Washington Parish)

Bobby Jindal has been a rising star for a few years in Louisiana and I believe he will do a great job as Governor!! He has charisma !

My parents called Thursday and were very apprehensive about the negative attacks Jindal's opponents were unleashing on him. They voted early. I told them that Jindal's opponents were desparate because he was projected to win without a runoff.

Katrina woke many voters in Louisiana up. They saw the contrast with the way things were handled in Louisiana by Blanco and compnay and with Haley Barbour in Mississippi.

Louisianians and the GOP have cause to celebrate with Jindal's victory!!

in the state. Food is great and the people are fun but always felt like I could not leave fast enough and prayed to never be transfered there. But now I see a shift in the states thinking that it will soon be a thriving place. It is a good day for the "Sportsmans Paradise".

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It was said in the original blog entry that Bobby Jindal was the first person to win a Louisiana gubernatorial primary outright.

Not true. Edwin W. Edwards in 1983. Mike Foster in 1999.

We should all give thanks to Governor Blank. I believe she had more to do with Mr. Jindal being elected than anyone else because of her incompetance.

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Jindal is not a member of the White race. He is a brown-skinned mongrel! America should be a pure White country. We should deport all non-Whites. I am shocked that this animal has been elected governor.

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Predictable.

Idiot probably posted this up and then quickly ran over to Kos to post a link with something like; "The racist true face of Redstate - look at this!"

eight minutes, you have been busy. Moe, this guy is definitely due for a touch of the boomstick or a visit from Franz. If it is to be Franz, be sure to give Franz plenty of Tobasco sauce because this appears to be putrid.

Well, Mr. Jindal won, but don't count on much. In Louisiana, the Republicans are as sorry and corrupt as the Democrats. Year and years of log rolling and compromising with the Democrats has brought the very worst of both parties to the top.

For instance, the Hollywood Film Credit subsidy program in Louisiana. The poorest state in the union providing outrageous and (in terms of economic development) completely ineffective cash subsidy payments to one of the richest industries in the world (the Hollywood film industry). The FBI has recently cause the former director of the program to be indicted for taking bribes (he plead guilty), the Legislative Auditor has said the program has no records to audit. Do any of the politicos in BR say the program is bad and needs to be dumped? Of course not!! The gravy train of his program is too rich (multiple trips to Hollywood for "economic development," rich campaign contributions, and finally oportunity for nice "facilitating payments."

Which party invented and dominates the Hollywood rip off program" The Proud Louisiana GOP (Rep. Gov. Foster passed it, Republican lawyers in New Orleans have made more than $50 million "brokering" tax credits).

The test for me is what Mr. Jindal does with this program. If he ends it, he will have me for life and for President. However, I am not holding my breath.

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