Governor Jindal told Al Hunt what is obvious to most sensible people: he told Hunt that Palin is “absolutely” electable. Keep in mind that Jindal has absolutely no incentive at all to say anything positive or favorable towards Governor Palin. So the most reasonable conclusion to draw from his comments is that Jindal believes Palin is “absolutely” electable. Jindal is up for re-election as governor of Louisiana in 2011.
HUNT: Governor, let me ask you one final – I want to get one – I want to get one political question in. You’ve said there are a lot of strong GOP contenders, including Sarah Palin. Joe Scarborough, the former congressman, the other day said it’s time for Republicans like you to man up and acknowledge that Sarah Palin is a reality show star who can’t be elected. What do you say?
JINDAL: Two things. One, I love Joe. I’ve been on his show several times. But I don’t like anybody – whether it’s the Republican establishment, D.C. insiders – trying to tell the Republican voters who their nominee should be. I think there are several strong contenders. Governor Palin is one of them; there are many others. I don’t think the establishment should try and get together to pick the nominee. Let the voters decide.
HUNT: So you think Sarah Palin could be elected? Do you think Sarah Palin’s electable?
JINDAL: Oh, absolutely. I think it’s up to her to make the case to voters. I think we have several – and, by the way, I am biased towards governors and those that have run organizations and executives who’ve had to balance budgets, make tough choices.
But when I first ran for governor, Al, the establishment didn’t think I should run. There were folks – I write about it in the book – that didn’t think I should run. The money people got together and said, “Maybe you should get out of the race.” The voters get to decide that –
HUNT: I remember you and I talking –
JINDAL: – it’s not up to me. It’s not up to Joe. It’s up to the voters.