Undaunted Courage Gall



Say this much for Louisiana’s travelin’ man, Gov. Bobby Jindal, he doesn’t let criticism bother him. Or falling poll numbers.

After seeing his approval rating fall from 68 percent to 55 percent in the last 18 months — and his “disapproval” numbers rise from 30 percent to 43 percent in the same time frame — largely as a result of his frequent fundraising jaunts out of state, Jindal remains a road warrior for his favorite cause: himself.

The same day that those troubling poll numbers were released by Southern Media and Opinion Research (SMOR), an independent Baton Rouge-based polling outfit, Team Jindal sent out yet another invitation for yet another out-of-town fundraiser benefiting the Man-Child’s perpetual non-presidential campaign.

This time Jindal is off to New York City for a Dec. 10 “roundtable discussion” with “Bobby’s Club” at the tony Union League Club of New York in the heart of Manhattan. The discussion starts at 3:15 p.m. and continues ’til 4 p.m., after which there’s a one-hour cocktail reception.

The venue is a curious one, given Jindal’s strident views on a strong, centralized national government. The Union League was founded by four wealthy, pro-Union professionals and intellectuals in 1863 with the avowed purpose of fostering “a political governing elite in support of the Union,” according to Wikipedia. “They recognized that a centralized government was essential to their prosperity.”

Perhaps the “roundtable discussion” will include some of Jindal’s thoughts on how a centralized government fosters prosperity.

It starts, of course, with paying one’s dues, and the price of admission to “Bobby’s Club” is a $5,000 minimum. For $10,000, you can be a “Host Member” — and for $25,000 you can be “General Chair.” For Bobby’s Club members at the minimal $5,000 level, that’s more than $111 a minute.

For those not willing or able to join the roundtable discussion, $1,000 will get you into the cocktail reception, which presumably will feature less discussion and thicker crowds around the canapé trays.

Meanwhile, Jindal remains unfocused on Louisiana’s $1.6 billion budget problem for Fiscal Year 2011-12.

Then again, maybe Jindal is on to something after all. Let’s see: At $111 a minute, if Jindal could attract 100 donors at the “Bobby’s Club” starter level of $5,000, and if he could raise money ’round the clock (which is pretty much how he approaches raising money for his campaign account), he could solve Louisiana’s 2011-12 budget problem in roughly 100 days — BEFORE the next legislative session.

Of course, that would require that he put Louisiana’s interests ahead of his own.

Ha! Sometimes I really crack myself up.

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