Jindal, a 36-year-old Republican, will be the nation’s youngest governor. He had 53 percent with 625,036 votes with about 92 percent of the vote tallied. It was more than enough to win Saturday’s election outright and avoid a Nov. 17 runoff.”My mom and dad came to this country in pursuit of the American dream. And guess what happened. They found the American dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana,” he said to cheers and applause at his victory party.
Update 2 (See-Dub): Congratulations, Rep. Jindal!
Update (MM): My favorite quote from Bobby Jindal as he heads toward a win today…
“People want to make everything about race. The only colors that matter here are red, white and blue,” Jindal said.
He’s an extraordinary, young, dynamic, whip-smart, staunchly conservative Republican.
I bet it just killed them to write this about the LA governor’s race:
Analysts predict Mr. Jindal, 36, could get more than 50 percent of the vote in the open primary, thus avoiding a November runoff and becoming the nation’s first Indian-American governor. If he fails to win a majority, he would face the next-highest vote getter in the runoff.Louisiana Democrats are demoralized, caught between the perception of post-hurricane incompetence surrounding their standard bearer, Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who is not running for re-election, and corruption allegations against senior elected officials like William J. Jefferson, the congressman from New Orleans.
So, despite the Times’ best efforts to shift all the blame onto President Bush for the botched Katrina response, they have to admit that the political consequences on the ground are landing right where they ought to…on the dithering, indecisive governor Blanco, on Mayor Nagin, and the Democratic machine that assisted their failure.
I bet they don’t like this part either:
He is a born-again Roman Catholic who has suggested that teaching intelligent design as an alternative to evolution may not be out of place in public schools, favors a ban on abortion and opposes hate-crimes laws. Conservative views aside, the slightly built congressman is anything but a backslapping good ol’ boy.
Blasphemy! How could someone who is both a Rhodes Scholar and from a racial minority believe that stuff? Those are The Wrong Ideas, and in the New York Intelligentsia’s reckoning, Rep. Jindal might as well be wearing overalls, chugging moonshine, and a plucking a four-string banjo as he wipes the stains from his lunch of pan-fried squirrel from his cheek with a Confederate flag bandana and contemplates assaulting suburban canoeists.
Speaking of which, if Rep. Jindal wins, it will undermine the very stereotypes the Times trades in:
The congressman, tossing souvenir cups from a fire truck in a town parade, was met with shouts of “Hey Bobby!” from the rural whites lining the route.
Hmm…maybe everything in the whole world…isn’t about race after all?
Oops, more blasphemy. Sorry.