Jindal’s Louisiana: “Camelot-Not”

Bobby Jindal - Caricature

Bobby Jindal – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Bobby Jindal has been governor of Louisiana for almost five years. During that time, he’s waged an aggressive, nationwide campaign to promote himself to national Republican leaders. Lately, he’s mounted an aggressive effort to become Mitt Romney’s running mate.

Too bad Jindal hasn’t devoted the same time and energy to making Louisiana a better place to live.

Further proof of Jindal’s failures comes today in the Times-Picayune, which reports that Louisiana has fallen to dead last on the so-called “Camelot Index,” compiled each year by the Federal Funds Information for States, a project of the National Governor’s Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The index derives from a combination of measures on economic vitality, health, education, crime, society and government.

According to reporter Jonathan Tilove:

Overall for 2012, Louisiana ranks as Camelot-Not, with the report noting that, “Nevada and South Carolina move out of the bottom ranking from 2011, replaced this year by Louisiana. Seven of the Index’s 10 bottom-ranking states are from the South.”

While Gov. Bobby Jindal has foresworn any interest in being Mitt Romney‘s running-mate, the Camelot ranking comes at an inopportune moment if he harbors any such ambition. The governor’s stewardship of Louisiana has won rave reviews in the conservative press, but the FFIS ranking would seem to indicate that Louisiana has a long way to go.

Read the story here for the larger picture on the report and its implications.

Other than what this says about how little progress Louisiana has made in the past five years, it also suggests that Jindal has no true “Louisiana Miracle” to discuss when he’s on the campaign trail.

Hardly the stuff upon which to build a winning national campaign.

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