The 2012 Palin/Jindal Battle Erupts Over Volcanoes

ImageIt seems that Gov. Bobby Jindal raised the ire of many Alaskans when he called $140 million in federal spending for volcano monitoring wasteful spending. However, Jindal’s 2012 GOP rival Sarah Palin has sent out signals that she disagrees.

Here is what Jindal said in his Tuesday night GOP response to Obama’s speech, “$140 million for something called ‘volcano monitoring.’ Instead of monitoring volcanoes, what Congress should be monitoring is the eruption of spending in Washington, DC.” This comment royally ticked off many Alaskans, who are currently looking at the possible eruption of Mt. Redoubt.

The Anchorage Daily News has a great story today about just how angry Alaska residents are over Jindal’s comments. Of course, the Alaskan in chief is one Sarah Palin who is almost certainly a presidential candidate in 2012. According to ADN, Palin’s press secretary said about Jindal’s remarks, “Of course Alaskans want to know if a volcano is going to blow.”

Some are wondering why Jindal singled out volcano monitoring, but I think the answer is fairly simple, Jindal was taking a veiled shot at Palin’s conservative credentials. If there would not have been this outcry over his remarks, I could see Jindal campaigning on the fact that Palin, “aided in the waste of federal dollars.” I suspect that Palin is going to publicly hold her fire for a little while, but I would expect her to say something refuting Jindal’s remarks soon.
What people need to understand is that Bobby Jindal’s remarks on Tuesday night were all about positioning himself for 2012.

The God &Country blog has a post up comparing Palin’s heart versus Jindal’s intellect. Jindal was trying to get a little too cute by taking an indirect shot at Palin and her state. He is an intelligent man, who is up on his current events. He knew what he was doing. What he didn’t foresee was the backlash from this.

The base of the GOP tends to vote with their heart during the primary season. The reason why 2008 was so tough for them was because there wasn’t a candidate that they felt emotionally attached to. Like her or not, a segment of the Republican Party loves Sarah Palin, and I think she could very well win the Republican nomination in 2012 based on personality and charisma. Bobby Jindal is going after the heads of Republicans, while Palin is pulling at their heart strings. This dynamic could make for a very interesting Republican primary.

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6 Replies to “The 2012 Palin/Jindal Battle Erupts Over Volcanoes”

  1. Let us hope either Jindal or Palin is the GOP candidate for president in 2012. This will guarantee a victory for the democrats and keep those GOP criminals out of office for annother 4 years.

  2. I think Romney is really the only Republican that could put up a fight. Jindal or Palin would be rolled over by the Obama machine.

  3. Of course we, as yet, have no idea when the next holocaustic eruption of the Yellowstone Super-Volcano might be expected to occur except that based on the 500,000 year historical eruption-rate; the next event is 100,000 years overdue. The huge magma chamber as large as the Hawaiian island of Oahu is becoming progressively less dense as it absorbs gas from below and will eventually become buoyant enough to break through the surface.

    I think it better we plan well in advance for this event as world-wide food production may be shut-down for many years.

  4. Palin is not looking to good right now. As an alaskan I have to say that her work has gone down hill from the time she started the vp race. I have lost a lot of respect for the woman and at this point will not be voting for her as my governor let alone my president. she WAS good for alaska, now she isnt good for much anymore.

  5. There are not any merits for Jindal to fight over presidential nomination in 2012 toward Palin. Because even if he would run and beat Palin at the primary Incumbet-Popular (maybe,thanks to comparative economic boom) Obama would lie ahead in general election.
    The answer is far more simple:Watching level-headedly over non-incumbent presidential election in 2016,he would wanted to rip the political threat of Alaskan hockeymom with heart-based conservatism he doesn’t have in the bud by splashing her conservative credentials with mud in the shape of attack toward “volcano monitoring”.
    Democratic complaints is already discounting the news for him, he never care them.

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