Jindal to chair Republican Governors Association in 2013

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Gov. Bobby Jindal, speaking at the 2011 Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.
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  • Gov. Bobby Jindal, speaking at the 2011 Values Voter Summit in Washington D.C.
Louisiana's peripatetic governor now has another activity to keep him busy: Gov. Bobby Jindal has been selected to chair the Republican Governors Association, starting next year. CNN's Peter Hamby first reported the news, and The Washington Post provided context:

The Republican Governors Association is a great means for a governor to build a national fundraising apparatus in advance of a presidential campaign. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry both headed up the organization in advance of their 2012 presidential campaigns, while former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty served as vice chairman of the RGA.

Under the jump: Jindal gets spanked by the Des Moines Register editorial board for injecting himself into Iowa politics last week, while The Hayride makes the case that helping to defeat President Barack Obama is the best thing Jindal could do for the state.

First, the Des Moines Register, which issues "roses and thistles" instead of the clearly superior bouquets and brickbats (we won't even get into "jazz and razz"). Writes the Register:

A thistle to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for having the temerity to come here to lecture Iowans about their judges. Jindal was on the recent bus tour across the state campaigning to unseat Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. This is the governor of a state whose courts have consistently been ranked No. 49 out of the 50 states in the respected state courts survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Meanwhile, political website The Hayride wishes that Jindal would make a better case for his budget cuts, but is having none of the argument that Jindal's frequent absences from the state are self-promoting. Scott McKay writes:

This idea that Jindal stumping for Romney is all about Jindal is myopic if it isn’t thoroughly disingenuous. Obama supporters who make that case are simply trying to deny the Romney campaign someone who might be an effective surrogate.

We’ve already seen their performance in and out of office in the state, and it’s why they’re in the obvious state of disrepair they inhabit. That’s life as a Louisiana Democrat — on the campaign trail and off.

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