PBJ on WhiteOnce PBJ was elected I started to think about how the next few years might play out.
No not that one. The other PBJ, Piyush "Bobby" Jindal. KamaAina coined the PJB label for Piyush "Bobby" Jindal. Some have claimed using his given Indian name is racist. I actually think it's better than some other names I've seen recently like M. V. "Vinny" Mendoza or Anthony "Tony G" Gentile who sound more like characters from the Sopranos than gubernatorial candidates. The best was Norris "Spanky" Gros, Jr., from Our Gang running for Lieutenant Governor. Maybe next time he'll run as Piyush "Pie" Jindal, in honor of Charles "Pie" Dufour.
Some other bloggers seem to think that the the end of the world is near. We have survived a lot, I expect we'll survive this and hope for the best.
The best possible outcome is that PJB will have a positive impact on the functioning of State Government. As a wonk he might actually be able to reorganize government to deliver services better. It 's not as bad as City Government, but it's a mess. Ethics enforcement is nearly non-existent. Money leaks into legislators favored boondoggles at an amazing rate. If that gets straightened out, confidence in government might improve from its current abysmal state.
He might even be able to bridge some of the racial polarization. There is a theory held by some that Harry Lee was able to tell some truths about race, because he was Chinese. Indians may get the same pass. I have noticed that some blacks seem to be hopeful in that regard. In the train in the Atlanta airport I overheard two young articulate and fairly well informed black women discussing Zulu, Jindal's election and the change it represented. I think they were probably college students and one was likely a débutante. (How's that for quick stereotyping?)
All we can do now is give him a chance to succeed.