Thursday, December 04, 2008

Jindal begins to court Texas elite

You don't get to be the Republican nominee for President until you kiss the ring of the Texas GOP elite. If they're not bankrolling your campaign, they're bankrolling one of your rivals. There's some evidence that the wealthiest GOPers in Texas were not and are not particularly enthused about Sarah Palin. They could be looking to stunt her 2012 aspirations early. A good way to do that would be to kiss on the wonderboy from Louisiana and help him build up a massive "reelection" bank account.

The Governor is heading to Houston and San Antonio.

One of the things that's going on here is that the GOP masses love Sarah Palin but the GOP money does not, or at least a significant proportion of GOP elders recognize her various liabilities. During the primary, I thought that the early Huckaboom in Iowa reflected an insurgent streak amongst younger GOP activists. At the time, I thought that it would be powerful enough to drive candidate Huckabee a little bit further that it ultimately did, but the phenomenon is still important to remember. Palin will have better name recognition, more money, and more volunteers than Huckabee did when he started out. I do believe that his success had a lot to do with his policy menu and ability to articulate a vision, things Palin does not have, but the point stands.

The guards and inmates are battling it out for control of the asylum. Political operatives are doing their damnest to dissipate Palin's popularity without burying her or alienating her loyal supporters. Bobby Jindal is uniquely positioned because the establishment will support him and because he passes the evangelical litmus tests needed to be palatable to the a critical mass of the disaffected grassroots.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I were him, I wouldn't be raising a "massive" re-election account. I'd raise enough money to run a successful campaign, but not so much that I can't use it later on.

After all, he can't transfer the funds to a federal account.

E said...

I'm not sure of the rules. Can he not transfer to a PAC?

E said...

or a 527?