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  •  I've met with him as well, and not so impressed... (3+ / 0-)
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    Smoh, Crashing Vor, ontheleftcoast

    ...smart he may be, if one considers infomercials smart.

    Cheers.

    •  Then you aren't very perceptive, or you haven't (6+ / 0-)

      spent much time with him.

      I've been around him at numerous large functions as well several smaller gatherings.  He is very quick on his feet, has a huge command of facts at his fingertips, and is very very well-versed in the details and minutiae of state government.  When he speaks, even informally, he speaks in well-organized thought patterns -- I joke I can almost see his outline when I listen to him speak.  I don't know anyone who has spent a lot of time with him, and who has heard him speak on topics in great detail off-the-cuff who doesn't think he is very very smart.  

      And you don't have to take my word for it.  Of course, being accepted toboth Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School, and studying as a Rhodes Scholar (as did Rachel Maddow and Bill Clinton, among others), necessarily means that person is very intelligent.  Being a Rhodes Scholar is a very big deal.  That's not "infomercial smart."  It doesn't say anything about his politics, but you can't look at his life objectively and say he's only "informercial smart."  

      Under any objective standard, he's a very very smart man.  It's a huge mistake to falsely assume he's not.

      He's also very very conservative and comes across somewhat nerdy or geeky in person.  

      •  well, difference of opinion without your ad homs.. (1+ / 0-)
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        Rick Aucoin

        ...I disagree with ya.

        Your assumptions are simply incorrect. I worked with 'im for awhile.

        And I bring a level of accomplishment myself.

        So there may be a difference of perspective 'tween you and I, rather naturally.

        Cheers.

      •  Or he's picking up different signals (0+ / 0-)

        Jindal can definitely rub folks the wrong way. That alone is a weakness. However, it's clear he has something that gives him an advantage. As much as we criticized pols like Palin and Jindal we can't ignore the fact they used something to achieve high office. Consider that there have been about a thousand state governors in the course of American history and roughly a billion Americans. That makes them real "one in a million" types. They know how to tap into something. Maybe it's being a corporate toady. In the case of Bush it was a silver spoon. Maybe they just know how to schmooze. And Palin and Jindal aren't in the silver spoon category so they had to figure out something else. Perhaps it was schmoozing that led to corporate toady? Whatever it was it worked. At least at the state level. Nationally, thank dog, it's failed -- for now.

        To me progress is not so much a goal as it is a process and I believe it will not follow a straight course. Remember, the drops of water that form the river may not take the shortest path but they will still reach the ocean.

        by ontheleftcoast on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 02:45:44 PM PST

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        •  In my experience, Jindal has problems seeing... (2+ / 0-)
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          Rick Aucoin, a2nite

          ...certain kinds of connections. He also has problems in translating into other perspectives. He is adept at using dogmatic equations to avoid communicating this.

          These characteristics are not the only definitions of smart, certainly. Still, these abilities are fairly important in doing the kinda work that Jindal does, or alleges to do.

          His sponsors don't much care about that sorta thinking, on the contrary, his aptitude at creatively using dogma bears him well in those circles.

          Just my opinion.

          Cheers.

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