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Whatever Happened to Bobby Jindal?

by Bill Hayes

In Whatever Happened to Bobby Jindal?, the New Republic looks at the feud between the Republican Louisiana governor and its Republican U.S. Senator David Vitter.

What makes their rivalry particularly noteworthy is that Vitter … may now be more popular and influential in the Louisiana Republican Party. This doesn’t just testify to Vitter’s underrated political skills; it also pulls back the curtain on Jindal’s overrated ones. While Jindal was traveling the country, giving speeches on fixing the Republican Party and stoking presidential and vice presidential speculation, Vitter, who once seemed so isolated and politically vulnerable, was quietly and carefully courting influence in the state GOP.

Now, it’s Jindal who is isolated and vulnerable. His approval rating has plummeted after voters revolted against his handling of the state’s budget crisis. Other Republicans in Louisiana describe a governor so cut off from his party that he and his team operate “like a cult.” [more]