Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will give the GOP response to President Obama's speech to Congress on February 24th. For Jindal, obviously this provides quite an opportunity for him. He missed his first chance to speak to a primetime national audience when he stayed home from the 2008 Republican National Convention in order do his job and make sure his state was prepared for a Hurricane.
This is payback.
And, it's also going to spur more talk about whether he really does want to run for President in 2012. If he gets rave reviews, which I'd be surprised if he doesn't, I'm sure the buzz will grow much beyond this little trip of his.
As tempting as 2012 may be for Jindal, the young GOP star still has another term available as Governor of Louisiana. There is no need to jump into the mix quite yet, especially since the timing of his reelection campaign in 2011 doesn't mesh well with the GOP primary calendar.
But, if Democrats suffer major defeats in the 2010 midterms...it may be a little too tempting. So make sure you keep an eye out for one of these...