The New York Times has an interesting profile piece of Louisiana’s Republican Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal is considered a superstar in the Republican Party – he’s young, the son of Indian immigrants, and primed to be at the front of the next generation of Republican presidential candidates.
The Times piece is on how he’s pushed for ethics reform in the early months of his term, which is all well and good. What I find particularly interesting, though, is how the pursuit of ethics reform serves as cover for how conservative Jindal is. The Times never discusses his broader agenda and so, like John McCain, Jindal is left with the aura of an ethical reformer and nothing else. In fact, Jindal is a conservative movementarian, something that you would never know from the Times piece.