Rush Limbaugh has loudly and relentlessly opposed John McCain's presidential candidacy - not conservative enough for his tastes. But there's hope yet. Recently, the talk show king discussed vice presidential possibilities to be paired with McCain, and the name that got him downright giddy was Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (thanks to Manish Vij). He called Jindal "the next Ronald Reagan."
"I'll tell you.... I'm going to give you a name that would make me jump for joy. It's not going to happen because he's not been...
Bobby Jindal. I did an interview with Bobby Jindal. He is the next Ronald Reagan, if he doesn't change. Bobby Jindal, the new governor of Louisiana is the next Ronald Reagan. He's young. He was just sworn in for his first term. He's the guy that beat the liberal Democrat machine throughout Louisiana. He did it on 100% conservatism. We interviewed him for The Limbaugh Letter about three issues ago. In fact, I am hereby ordering the editrix of The Limbaugh Letter, Diana Schneider to make -- since it's a past issue -- the interview with Bobby Jindal in The Limbaugh Letter available at RushLimbaugh.com this afternoon. You can send it up to Koko as a PDF file or text or whatever you want. This guy could be the next Ronald Reagan. If McCain chose him, here's a Southern state; this is Louisiana, but I think he may be too conservative for McCain. That depends on who they think McCain will need or want, but Jindal is very young, and he's only in his first year as governor and doesn't really have... He came from the House of Representatives.
Lower down on the transcript there's a link to a pdf version of an interview Rush did with Jindal, after he won the gubernatorial election. Rush told Jindal "your campaign is the model for Republican victory. I believe conservatism wins every time it's tried when it's campaigned properly, presented properly, taught properly."
Towards the end of the interview, Rush says, "This has been fabulous. You have been one of the most intriguing interviews I have had for this newsletter in a long time. You're an amazing speaker." And then: "I know that your humility probably doesn't extend to remarking at whether or not your election is a bellwether, but those of us out here who observe and comment are certainly going to try to make it such, because you have just re-established the Reagan model for people to follow, if they'll just have the courage to do it, and I [clapping] applaud you."