Bobby Jindal Forms Presidential Exploratory Committee

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has formed a Presidential Exploratory Committee:

Bobby Jindal announced Monday that he’s forming a presidential exploratory committee for a potential run for the 2016 Republican nomination.

The Louisiana governor, a fierce social conservative who has been active in the early nominating states, will make a decision after the state’s legislative session ends on June 11.

“For some time now, my wife Supriya and I have been thinking and praying about whether to run for the presidency of our great nation. We’ll make a final decision in June,” Jindal said in a statement sent to reporters

“While other Republican leaders are talking about change, I’ve published detailed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, rebuild America’s defenses, make America energy independent, and reform education for our nation’s children,” Jindal added, in a jab at his potential opponents in a crowded GOP field.

There was a time when Bobby Jindal was considered a rising star in the Republican Party. A young, minority, conservative who took on the task of governing the nearly ungovernable state of Louisiana, he quickly rose to the top in Republican circles. Things started to go awry for him, though, when he was selected to give the Republican response to President Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress. Both because of the attention on Obama at the time and the fact that Jindal was a rising star on his own, there was a lot of attention on Jindal that night in February. Unfortunately for the Governor, that speech was widely seen as a complete disaster even by Republicans and, while the Governor did redeem himself on the national stage for his role in the state’s response to Hurricane Gustav in August 2008 and the BP Oil Spill in 2010, it has been clear for some time that his stock was diminished significantly. Presently, Jindal is a non-entity in the 2016 Republican contest, averaging less than 2.0% in the national polls and not even being a factor in the polling in the early primary states.  Jindal’s primary appeal lies in the social conservative and evangelical wing of the Republican Party, but that’s a segment of the party that several candidates in the 2016 race are already directly appealing to. If he does run, Jindal is going to have his work cut out for him.

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  1. Peacewood says:

    If the committee returns a recommendation of anything other than “stay out, you’re toast”, it’s malfeasance of the highest order.

  2. Ron Beasley says:
  3. grumpy realist says:

    God enjoys a horse-laugh as much as anyone.

  4. Mu says:

    My respect for Jindal died the day he denied believe in evolution to not be disqualified as dangerous intellectual in the upcoming race. He should sue Brown for his money back on that biology degree.

  5. stonetools says:

    I guess he is promising to bring to the whole US the same wondrous standard of education and economic well being currently enjoyed by Louisiana. I’m sure we can’t wait.

  6. Lit3Bolt says:


    What, on a client this gullible? It’d be malfeasance not to take him for everything he’s worth!

    Jindal is proof that the GOP wants to go beyond mere Reaganomics to full on Dumpster-Fire Governing. Cut everything and marvel how everyone who can flee the state does so. Delight in your shrinking tax revenue! Cackle as your test scores in everything plummet! Lock up anyone still breathing!

    The GOP…building a Third World for YOU.