Rightfully declaring certain recent Republican challengers to be “the
stupid party,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) steps up and claims that
anyone thinking of running for president in 2016 now, when there is work
to do, is crazy. And then he takes the first steps himself. And it is
so good to have him. Jindal belongs to that rank of able and optimistic
intellectuals that left conservatism with the passing of William F.
Buckley Jr., leaving a bitter wake. He bristles with new thinking and
the abilities to see it through. And with Jindal, you also get Rick
Perry and Ted Cruz without the Texas talk. His is a new vision of
America, so fresh and new it is hard to grasp its full potential. He
appears potentially like one of those leaders the world has seen through
millennia, who appears out of nowhere and leads a benign horde to a new
awakening, as if deposited there by a force of nature.
Today, he calls on Republican governors to call a meeting with President Obama. It has been a theme of this column for several years: a council of governors — a "supercommittee of governors" — to do the work that Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles tried to do, to do the work that the Tea Party tried to do, to do the work that Mark Sanford and Rick Perry tried to do when they personally challenged federal spending in the states early on. To raise the status of governors and therefore states and regions, and to give form to a vision of responsible and necessary change to fit the contours of the rising century.
“Medicaid operates under a 1960s model of medicine, with inflexible, one-size-fits-all benefits and little consumer engagement and responsibility,” says Jindal. He asks the president to meet with him and other Republican governors. But other issues arise today that need attention. Wyoming and Michigan bring challenges to the NDAA. The “South Carolina Freedom of Healthcare Protection Act” is enacted by the SC General Assembly.
These are new issues. This is a new America. The Louisiana governor should take the initiative in this. Bring his governors (and former governors) to meet with the president and keep them together to consider the fate of our republic in the rising century.