I’m sure they won’t take a lot of credit, but Sonny and Nick Ayers deserve some credit for Bobby Jindal’s victory in Louisiana.
This is the first time in Louisiana history that anyone has made it into the Governor’s mansion without a runoff. The primary — called a jungle primary because all people in all parties running for the same office appear on the first ballot together — had twelve people running for Governor.
In the last five days of Jindal’s campaign, his team knocked on just over 633,000 doors throughout the state. This was a stunning victory for Louisiana.
You people can’t appreciate what happened. It’s not a question of Democrat vs. Republican there. It’s a question of competent vs. incompetent.
For you Democrats, imagine Bill Clinton winning after 200 years of George Bush in office. For you Republicans, imagine Reagan after 200 years of Carter.
Sure, Jindal ran as a Republican. But he really ran as a fixer, as a thinker. In fact, Walter Boasso and Foster Campbell, Jindal’s two big rivals, ran their race not so much as Democrats, but as the cool kids making fun of the nerd, hoping to mock Jindal’s intelligence enough that the voters would do the same and keep the nerd out of power.
Well, the nerd just won. The smartest kid in Louisiana politics now runs the state. And Sonny and Nick did help. And I don’t care whether you are a Democrat or a Republican, it is a good day for this country when a non-white young guy of East Indian descent can win decisively in a state like Louisiana because all the native white guys and gals have spent the last two hundred years screwing the place up.
Not that I will move home again