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re: Why Not Jindal?

Rich: Jay and I have just returned from the American Spectator/National Review cruise of the Great Lakes. During one of the sessions, I read a list of potential veep choices and asked for a show of hands from our cruisers. Rubio was most popular, followed by Jindal and Ryan. (Portman and the others were far behind these three.) Jindal had several vocal supporters and non-supporters were both open to him and curious about him. If we had tried to hash it out, with people making the case for and against certain candidates, I suspect Jindal might have moved in front of Rubio. There was a feeling that his executive experience as governor, expertise in health care, and ties to the Asian-Indian community make him a deeply attractive selection.

Also, the cruisers believed almost uniformly that Romney will win. Several predicted a landslide. I was struck by the optimism. My own view is that Obama is beatable but Romney remains a slight underdog.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.


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