As an Iowan I’m blessed (or cursed depending on your perspective) with the ability to trip over Presidential candidates when the presidential-year Iowa Caucus rolls around. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has visited my state several times, and he is presumed to be a presidential contender, especially in light of term-limited.
He’s going to have much to answer for should he decide to run. While the Common Core may not be the top issue in a Presidential primary, it will be a issue and possibly a wedge issue among Republicans who are seeking the nomination. Governor Jindal, along with any other Republican governor who decides to run, will have to answer for their Common Core support. Governor Jindal is especially in a tenuous situation having been the Governor who presided over his state’s Race to the Top application and adoption of the Common Core.
Not every Governor has that issue, but all have the opportunity to act. The actions (or lack thereof) of Governors who run will be watched, and in a caucus state like Iowa where the grassroots pretty much decides who the winner will be it will make a difference.
They’re all going to talk about Obamacare, the 2nd Amendment, the life issue, marriage, etc. Where you really start to see daylight between presidential candidates, in particular Republican ones, are on issues like the Common Core.
Governor Jindal could make a statement. He could respond to parental concerns within his state, but so far nothing. He could admit his error and lead on the issue, but we get silence instead. He had an opportunity during his speech at CPAC last week when he talked about education, but he was mum on the topic instead focusing on his voucher program which has helped to bring the Common Core into Louisiana’s private schools.
He had another opportunity this week when he gave his speech marking the opening of the 2014 session of the Louisiana Legislature again nothing but silence.
Is he somehow hoping the issue will go away? That would be a mistake.
And this Iowan is watching what he will do.