“Managing a crisis confidently matters a whole lot more than giving a speech,” said political scientist John Pitney Jr., a professor at Claremont McKenna College in California. “The crisis revealed his strength, which is governing.”
In Pitney’s estimation, Jindal’s handling of Gustav only enhanced the governor’s national prospects, for 2016, or, if McCain is not elected president, for 2012.
“If McCain goes down, Jindal will definitely, almost automatically be the front-runner” for president in 2012, said Pitney, a former deputy director of research for the Republican National Committee and author of “The Art of Political Warfare.”
Pitney was also quoted on the same subject in the Opelousas Daily World:
On a personal front, many feel his management of the catastrophe assured Gov. Jindal a role at a future Republican convention well beyond that of a featured speaker. John Pitney Jr., a political scientist and professor at Claremont McKenna College in California, says Gustav enhanced Jindal’s chances of being the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 – or in 2012 if McCain is not elected. In either scenario, Pitney said, Jindal will almost automatically be the front-runner.