Here’s a blurb from the Times Picayune:
After thanking his wife and family, Jindal said his victory represents a “fresh start” for the state and likened the state’s future to the American dream that his parents came to Baton Rouge to pursue shortly before he was born.”Guess what happened? They found the American dream to be alive and well right here in Louisiana,” Jindal said. “In America and here in Louisiana, the only barrier to success is your willingness to work hard and play by the rules.”
Stressing the themes that he has emphasized throughout the campaign, Jindal promised to call the Legislature into special session shortly after he is inaugurated to pass stronger ethics laws: an issue he termed the “linchpin for change.”
Should anyone try to derail those efforts, Jindal said, “I will call them out.”
Here’s what a commenter at the Times Picayune has to say:
Governor-Elect Bobby Jindal won 54% of the voters who actually voted, but Governor-Elect Jindal received only 25% of the total registered voters.
75% of Louisiana voters did not vote for Governor-Elect Jindal, making him a minority governor in more ways than one.
We will have to wait and see if a minority governor can govern — or was it all empty talk and show.
Classy opposition, huh? These kinds of trolls are all over the net, often on both sides, but let’s take a closer look at some of the numbers.
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Piyush Jindal 699,672 53.91
Democratic Walter Boasso 226,364 17.44
Independent John Georges 186,800 14.39
Democratic Fost Campbell 161,425 12.44
The top three candidates were all center-right, and the left-wing populist received 12% of all votes. That’s a far cry from the political victories of the Long’s and Edwin Edwards. That he won 60 of 64 parishes says, by any legitimate definition, that he has a mandate to run the state.
I think in her heart Blanco is a good person, but is shameful that she was more loyal to her political party than to the citizens of her state in a time of crisis. And the road home program hasn’t been too successful either. It’s time for a change, and I think for the better. No place to go but up, anyway.
Also, here’s what the Indians think about “Bobby”. No snickering from them.
Lastly, the folks at national review put together a neat spreadsheet of the 2003 & 2007 elections