Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed he is considering running for president in 2016, during an interview with the Heritage Foundation during its annual Resource Bank meeting in New Orleans.We all know Jindal has been thinking about being President ever since before most of us even knew him. So this is really more like a coming out party than anything else.
"It's something we're thinking about. It's something we'll pray about. But...we have to win the war of ideas first," Jindal told Genevieve Wood of Heritage's The Foundry, a right-leaning news service, during the meeting this past week. "We've got to win the elections in 2014. And after we do that, we're certainly giving it some thought."
Still, it's an important moment in Jindal's career. Now that he's acknowledged publicly that he's thinking about running, he's pretty much committed to keep thinking about it. Probably for the rest of his life. Or until he's elected, you know, whatever comes first. Taking this long view of things, Moseley concludes there's plenty time left for it to be the former.
First off, presidential candidates require some amount of delusion. It’s essential for any human who believes he or she should lead the most powerful nation in world history. And long-shot candidates who intend to hop from state-level politics to the top of the heap — in only one election cycle, yet! — well, they need a double serving of delusion.Jindal is still only 42 years old. There's plenty time left for him to come up with all sorts of delusions now that he's officially commenced with the thinking.
But that’s not such a bad thing. (Clancy) DuBos himself observed that sometimes candidates who ignore the odds can actually improve their chances. It’s true. Over time, “delusion” can start to look like perseverance. If a talented candidate adheres to an ambitious strategy, at some point he or she might find that opening. (Then it becomes a matter of sticking a paddle deep in the political rapids and attempting to jet through the sluice.)