Local radio personality Moon Griffon is predicting that Governor Bobby Jindal will replace Michael Steele as head of the RNC next January. This suggestion stunned me, because it's so obviously the wrong move, but in politics I guess you never know.
Others have suggested that it would be a better plan for Jindal to run for Mary Landrieu's Senate seat when she comes up for re-election in 2014. This would put Jindal in position for a VP slot or even a presidential bid in 2016. He's already served in the U.S. House before becoming Governor of Louisiana.
Part of the political machinations at work involve the Louisiana Lt. Governor's race which will be determined in a special election on October 2. The position had belonged to Mitch Landrieu who recently was elected Mayor of New Orleans. Candidates running in the special election include Sammy Kershaw (R), Secretary of State Jay Dardenne (R), St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis (R), political newcomer Melanie McKnight (R) of Baton Rouge and state GOP Chairman Roger Villere. There are three Democratic candidates but none have much name recognition; the most likely of those would be State Senator Butch Gautreaux from Morgan City.
The Hayride has done an excellent analysis of the Lt. Governor's race here and is predicting a Dardenne win. The problem most conservatives will have with that is that while listed as a Republican, Dardenne is not very conservative and has a record from his time in the State Senate as a big spender; in addition he voted for tax-payer funded abortions. It is predicted that Roger Villere will get "the Tea Party vote."
The candidates will have to run again in 2011 for a new four year term. The kink in the line is that this position is first in line to assume governorship should the current governor step down.
If Jindal stepped down to say, take over the RNC, or to run for president, or whatever other whim suits him, the Lt. Governor would take his spot. Currently, Jindal is up for re-election as governor in 2011 and he still insists that is the only job he wants. If Dardenne wins as Lt. Governor, and Jindal does in fact move on, Jindal would essentially be leaving the state in the hands of a liberal RINO.
Hotline on Call has done a round-up of who they see as potential RNC leaders come January. Jindal is nowhere on it.
Griffon and pundits like C.B. Forgotston suggest that Jindal will "bail" before he has to deal with the state's financial woes. That may be. But as head of RNC? I just don't see that as the right direction for him. I can't see him doing it.
I'm probably wrong.