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Sick of the 2008 presidential election? Then let's talk about the 2012 presidential election!
That's what the Washington Post's Chris Cillizza is doing. He reports on conservative excitement for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal:
Jindal is, without question, seen as a rising star within the national GOP. He won the governor's office in 2007 without a runoff (a seemingly impossible feat for a Republican just a few years ago) and those familiar with Jindal's poll numbers insist he is among the most popular governors in the country -- with those thinking favorably outpacing those who regard him unfavorably by an eight to one margin. He also has gained attention for pushing a series of ethics reforms designed to clean up the notoriously dirty state government in the Bayou State.
And, as much as his political team pooh poohs the idea that he would be interested in national office in four years' time, consider these two things: he has already gotten a taste of the national limelight by his consideration in the veepstakes and his handling of Hurricane Gustav, AND he is visiting Iowa next month. (As we have written before, politicians NEVER -- we can't stress this enough -- go to Iowa accidentally. They know exactly what a trip to Iowa means.
Earlier this year, I suggested that Jindal wouldn't end up on a presidential ticket until at least 2016. Then again, I said the same thing about the governor of Alaska.
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