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Sunday, October 23, 2016

It’s ‘Very Obvious’ That Bobby Jindal Will Run For President, And Even More Obvious That He Will Lose

It’s ‘Very Obvious’ That Bobby Jindal Will Run For President, And Even More Obvious That He Will Lose

The 2016 presidential election is still a political lifetime away, but according to Senator David Vitter (R-LA), there is already at least one candidate running.

During a Sunday appearance on C-SPAN’s Newsmakers, Senator Vitter said it is “very obvious” that Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal will run for president in 2016. Vitter declined, however, to endorse his fellow Louisana Republican.

“I like Bobby, I respect his leadership, I agree with all of his political values. But I haven’t thought about what I would do or wouldn’t do personally” Vitter said. “I do think he’ll run. I think he’s been running. And I think he’ll be a meaningful and significant candidate.”

When asked whether he thinks Jindal wants to be president, Vitter quickly responded, “Oh yeah. I think that’s very obvious to everybody who has been paying attention.”

Jindal has spent the past year acting like someone planning a presidential campaign; although he has deflected questions about his White House ambitions, he has taken several trips to the early caucus state of Iowa, and eagerly courted the national media with his various plans to improve the Republican Party’s image. Most memorably, he responded to Mitt Romney’s defeat in the 2012 presidential election with an attention-grabbing (but substantively empty) directive to his colleagues to stop being “the stupid party.”

There is one major barrier blocking Jindal’s presidential ambitions: Pretty much everybody hates the job that he’s done as governor. Although Louisianans initially supported the 42-year-old Baton Rouge native — he cruised to re-election in 2011 with 66 percent of the vote — his approval rating took a deep dive in 2013 as his economic plans took root. Voters strongly disapprove of his budget cuts, his emphasis on privatizing state-run public hospitals, and especially his plan to eliminate state income taxes while increasing sales taxes, which would amount to a tax cut for the top 1 percent of Louisianans, while raising rates for the bottom 80 percent of the state. By August, Jindal’s approval rating had fallen to just 28 percent in a Public Policy Polling survey, making him the least popular governor in America according to the liberal pollster. As it turns out, even Republicans aren’t particularly fond of Tea Party government in practice.

There are other reasons to doubt Jindal’s prospects in a national campaign; his career has been marked by a series of odd controversies (including a supposedly cancer-curing exorcism), and his rhetorical skills leave much to be desired (generally presidential candidates would hope to avoid comparisons with Kenneth the page).

Recent surveys have shown his numbers inching upwards — a November Southern Media & Opinion Research poll found him at an improved, but still weak 42 percent — but there is pretty much no data suggesting that the Republican Party is about to catch Jindal fever. According to a December 18 PPP poll, just 3 percent of Republicans want Jindal to be their presidential nominee, placing him last among the nine candidates included in the poll.

So unfortunately for Democrats, even if Vitter is right and Jindal does run, the Louisiana governor is probably not going to be the Republican presidential nominee. And given that Vitter notoriously despises his Pelican State colleague, and rarely misses an opportunity to take a passive-aggressive swipe at him, there’s a good chance that the senator knows it too.

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  • Jack Hughes

    Jindal could win the presidency — of the Teanut Gallery.

  • Dominick Vila

    Bobby Jindal does not have a chance in Hell to win the presidency. In fact, he will not even win the GOP nomination. For that matter, I don’t think Cruz and Rubio have a chance to be nominated. A more likely candidate would be John McCain, but I think he will be too old by then, and I doubt Jeb Bush will run.

  • FT66

    If everyone knows that Piyush Jindal has done a horrible job as a governor, what will push him to run? Is he going to campaign, I was a governor without saying what he has accomplished? This kind of politics stinks.

    • Independent1

      He’d probably do like Romney and lie about all the supposedly wonderful things he did for Louisiana which he didn’t. Look at Romney, when he left office in Mass. his approval rating was around 33%; which is one reason he didn’t try running for a 2nd term because he knew he’d lose. Yet during the 2012 campaign, he acted like he did great things for Mass while he almost ruined the states educational system with the cuts he made and left it with 3 billion in debt.

      • FT66

        Agreed. Thanks for reminding me of Romney. He never campaigned what he really did in Mass. This time if Jindal will run, he can’t escape telling people what he did as governor. The media will make a big feast of him.

      • robert goddiva

        Maybe Lipstick Palin can run. As much idiot she is, she the best they got

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      His ego won’t allow him to NOT run. Of course, after he gets schellacked Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, he may get the message sooner than Rick Santorum did.

      • FT66

        Well put. Some people are not good even doing simple Maths until they see a big X, then they understand they were wrong.

    • The fact that they were terrible as governors didn’t stop Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Rick Santorum from running. Hell, if anything, the fact that he was such an awful governor was part of Romney’s appeal — the victims of his crooked and backwards politics were mostly Democrats.

      You have to keep in mind that the G.O.P. and its primary voters are both fully aware that their policies are doomed to fail. But they don’t give a rat’s ass what their policies will do to the country — all they care about is getting their way.

      For that reason, they don’t want a president who knows how to move the country forward. What they really want is a bullshit artist — someone who can absorb all of their selfishness, bigotry and stupidity and parrot it back to them while sounding like he might actually believe it.

  • Buford2k11

    Old Gator Bait…he is not the right color for the GOP/baggers…they want purity in color, and idiotology…

    • Nah, they’ll momentarily latch onto him just so they can say “SEE?! WE LIKE DARKIES TOO!” just like they did with Herman Cain.

      What will really spell doom for Jindal’s presidential ambitions was his “stupid party” remarks, seeing as this is now a party that enshrines stupidity as an American value.

      • Nathaniel

        Hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! Very definitely FUNNY!!! Thanks & BTW, Jindal, being a Republican, doesn’t seem to know Republicans very well, if he even HINTED he may be doing this. Maybe its just a need for wanting to be abused or something…

  • charleo1

    Governor Jindal Appeared On Fox News And Said, “So Miley Cyrus Is On TV And Phil Robertson Is Off TV? There Is Something Wrong When That Happens.” GOVERNOR JINDAL: Well look, A&E is half owned by ABC. And like a lot of parents, I was kind of shocked when Miley Cyrus went on TV and did some shocking things. She’s back — she’ll be on ABC during the New Year’s Eve special. That is amazing to me. So Miley Cyrus is on TV and Phil Robertson is off TV? There is something wrong when that happens. … I think A&E could have done a courageous thing. They were courageous to put the show on the air in the first place. I wish they stood by their show and said, “You don’t have to agree with them, just switch the channel and don’t buy the duck calls if you don’t like it.”

    I suppose in Bobby Jendal’s world, disagreeing with bigoted, homophobic views, is tantamount to
    being in opposition to the First Amendment to the Constitution. This is typical of the black/white, no
    gray allowed, mentality pervasive throughout Right Wing circles. Where raising the minimum wage
    elicits rebuttals such as, well, why don’t we raise the minimum wage to a $100,000 dollars an hour,
    if raising it is such a good idea? It’s language designed to shut down conversation. Do I think they
    are trying to infringe on my Right to free speech? No, I think they’re corporate lap dogs, shilling for
    the rich, as they must, if they want to remain in the GOP. But here’s the thing. Jendal’s defense of
    Robertson could just as easily been defending a reality show on Neo-Nazi skinheads, or a show
    where Islamic terrorists, present themselves as “Soldiers Of Allah, against “The Great Satan.”
    There is a line, or limit, where pointing out the obvious, “You don’t have to agree with them,…”
    argument, is simply, insufficient. Standing up for Civil Rights, necessarily means standing aganist
    the Phil Robertsons of the world. And evidently, a Southern Governor. Are you shocked? I’m not.

    • sigrid28

      Jindal has really mastered the empty double-speak of adjoined negatives. Your choice of quotation is perfection: “Don’t buy the duck calls if you don’t like it.”

      Great post. Something for us all to smile about a little over the holidays.

      • charleo1

        Thanks, my friend. I hope you, and yours are having just a terrific
        time these holidays. And, have nothing but the very best in 2014!

  • elw

    I am not sure who will end up the Republican candidate in 2016, but unless they come up with someone without a video trail of insulting remarks and votes for bills that hurt the middle class, the poor and people of color, LBGTs, and women they have little change of taking back the White House. We should all be glad for that.

  • robert goddiva

    it does not matter who runs for president for the republicans. Hillary will win, hands down. Christie, Palin , Jindal, Cruz, Bush, no of them are worthy of winning. Hillary by a mile

  • Seven

    Remember that great line during the last election cycle. About the Tea Party’s embrace of Herman Cain: The Tea Party loves crazy more than it hates Black.