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Gov. Bobby Jindal made a safe endorsement this week, giving his nod to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination only after former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Romney’s only remotely viable opponent, dropped out of the race on Tuesday. There’s been some speculation that Jindal may be considered a running mate on the Romney ticket this fall against President Barack Obama, but it’s unlikely say some prominent Louisiana political thinkers.

Clancy DuBos, a New Orleans political commentator and publisher of Gambit, characterizes Jindal as a risky choice, based in part on the governor’s dreadfully stiff performance on national television responding to an Obama speech in 2009. “When you look at Jindal’s speech, the first impression anybody would have is this guy isn’t ready for prime time,” DuBos tells WWL, a New Orleans television news station. DuBos’ sentiment has been echoed by others and, as important, Jindal has signaled that he’s happy with his current job of privatizing stuff.

The governor nonetheless got a tongue-in-cheek endorsement for VP from the Louisiana Democratic Party: “Big Government Bobby has wreaked enough havoc on the lives of Louisiana’s children, working families and teachers, so the Louisiana Democratic Party believes it’s time for him to resign as governor so he can leave Louisiana immediately to focus on securing the GOP vice presidential nomination,” spokesman James Hallinan says in a press release.

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