Bobby Jindal certainly did not want to face the disaster that is the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but the leadership that he is showing in the management of this spill could position him for a possible Presidential run in 2012. Gov. Jindal can site numerous examples of devastation that has occurred to his state as a result of the oil spill and use these examples to show the lack of response from the Obama administration. He can also cite numerous examples of actions that he wanted to take to protect the coast line from the devastation and how his efforts where either prevented or delayed by the actions of the Obama led Federal Government.
Due to the very unfortunate but at the same time, highly unusual circumstances surrounding an event of these proportions, Governor Jindal can criticize the current administration, without appearing overly negative. He does not have to cite examples in which the current administration has failed in the handling of the oil spill in the gulf, he simply needs to provide examples of solutions that he would like to implement in an effort to stop the flow and contain to huge amounts of oil that has already devastated the Gulf of Mexico. As public opinion has already decided that the situation has been grossly mismanaged by the Obama Administration, any solution that Governor Jindal proposes, as long as it sounds plausible, will be viewed in a positive light. He is then placed in a win-win situation in possible future debates with President Obama as the current administration will be on the defensive.
Many Americans are already calling the Deepwater Horizon disaster the Katrina of the Obama Administration, and some have even called it Obama’s Iranian Hostage Crisis. There are very few American who actually believe that the administration is doing all that they can possibly do to stop the flow and contain and cleanup the Gulf and the shoreline. While it may very well be true that BP is better equipped than the Federal Government to handle a situation such as this, the American people do not like to see the government take no action in response to a large scale situation such as this. In contrast to the actions of the Federal Government, Governor Jindal has been very active throughout and has been photographed many times in the field or in a boat gathering information to form a solution. Some of the solutions that he has proposed have unfortunately been stopped or help up too long to be effective by government red tape.
Democrats will try to paint his actions throughout this crises as nothing more than political grandstanding. Unfortunately for democrats however, it becomes very difficult to portray a response to this situation in a negative light when the American people view the current administrations response almost non-existent at this point. There is no doubt that the effects of this oil spill will be far reaching and long lasting. They will also be a central issue in the Presidential race in 2012. Should Governor Jindal seek and capture the Republican nomination, it will surely make for some interesting political advertisements and debate topics. Unfortunately for Governor Jindal however, due to the vast media attention that is available to candidates today, it will take more than one event to make a President.