Getting the Pawlenty endorsement is a good thing for Romney – Pawlenty has excellent social conservative credentials plus a reservoir of support from TEA Party activists. This will help Romney is his now-uphill climb to beat Perry. On the other hand, getting Jindal’s endorsement helps Perry with more establishment type Republicans…Jindal is very much the rock-ribbed social and economic conservative, but he’s never been noted as some sort of movement, get out there with the TEA Party activist.
I have to say that the Jindal endorsement will be a problem for me if Perry gets the GOP nomination…my two picks for Veep are Jindal and Rubio; with Jindal as the much-preferred candidate. Nothing wrong with Rubio, at all – in fact, I hope to vote for Rubio in a Presidential contest one day. But Jindal’s experience is much greater and I want Jindal to be President one day even more than I’d like to see Rubio as President. These things will work out as they will…but it will be hard for Perry to pick Jindal due to regional reasons. On the other hand, Bush picked Cheney and it caused no problem in the long run.
Pawlenty, of course, will certainly remain in the top five of possible Romney VP picks; probably remain in the top ten for Perry, too. Pawlenty just brings a huge amount of strength to the GOP – and will help any GOP candidate. Can you imagine a debate between Pawlenty and Biden? We could make it pay-per-view and raise a billion dollars for the GOP! Of course, Jindal would mop the floor with Biden, too…the really good news is that we can look forward to having both Pawlenty and Jindal in the next GOP Administration (we do have a wealth of talent which Democrats must envy…whom would Obama dredge up for 2nd Term replacements? Chuck Schumer?).
Next up may be an endorsement by Jim DeMint…who could end up derailing either Perry or Romney by endorsing the other man. If he endorses someone else, then it would probably be a wash for Perry and Romney and likely wouldn’t greatly help Bachmann or Cain, as they already have the support of those who back DeMint.