01/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Reporter: Jindal Will Only Run In 2012 If Obama Is An "Unmitigated Disaster"

Bobby Jindal is seen by many in his party as the Next Big Thing, a political comer who at 37 offers competence, reform and a fresh face for a Republican Party in dire need of all three.


John Maginnis, a longtime watcher of Louisiana politics and publisher of the LaPolitics Weekly newsletter, put it more bluntly.

"He doesn't want to run against Obama unless Obama is an unmitigated disaster," observed Maginnis. "In 2016, it will be an open seat with no vice president running."

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