Bobby Jindal To Enter Presidential Race June 24th

Once seen as a rising Republican star, Bobby Jindal's impending Presidential bid now looks like it's over before it begins.

Bobby Jindal Speaking

Bobby Jindal will apparently be entering the Presidential race at the end of the month:

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has been preparing a longshot bid for the Republican presidential nomination, has scheduled a major announcement about his likely 2016 candidacy for later this month.

Jindal plans to declare his presidential intentions on June 24 with an event in New Orleans, an aide to the governor said late Tuesday. He is poised to enter a crowded Republican presidential field that already features nine announced candidates and likely will add a half dozen more in the coming weeks.

Jindal currently is in his second term as governor of Louisiana. He previously served in Congress, and ran his state’s Department of Health and Hospitals and the University of Louisiana system.

Jindal, 43, a Rhodes Scholar and son of Indian immigrants, has long been hailed as a rising star in the Republican Party and one of its sharpest policy minds.

No doubt, Jindal will base much of his campaign around his appeal to social and evangelical conservatives, something that we already got a taste of last month when he used his authority as Governor to implement portions of a “religious liberty” bill that even the state’s Republican legislature had refused to pass. The problem for Jindal is that there are a whole host of candidates that are appealing to this very same group, and there’s really no reason to believe that he can differentiate himself from them in a positive way that would cause those voters to rally behind him. Additionally, his record as Governor of Louisiana leaves much to be desired, especially on fiscal issues which have been a particularly big problem during this year’s legislative session. Factor into that the issues he’s had with public perception stretching back to when he gave the response to President Obama’s first address to Congress, and Jindal doesn’t come across as a very impressive candidate at all.

As I noted when it was announced that Jindal had formed a Presidential Exploratory Committee, it’s quite hard to see how Jindal becomes a credible candidate. Nationally, he is essentially a non-entity in the polls of the Republican field and he doesn’t fare much better on the state level. Even in Iowa, where one would think that his appeal to social conservatives would have the most impact, Jindal finds himself at the very bottom of the pack. If the first Republican debate were being held today, he would not qualify for since he doesn’t fall in the top ten in any polling, and it seems unlikely that he’s going to rise to that level between now and early August. Unless he somehow manages to take off and does better in Iowa than expected, I wouldn’t expect Jindal to last very long after the Iowa Straw Poll in mid-August.

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Comments

  1. humanoid.panda says:

    I do have to say there is something impressive about a guy who sports a 35% approval in his home state, and a rebellion against him in his own party, and yet have the sheer gall of running for president.

  2. TheoNott says:

    That’s it, time to put together my exploratory committee…

  3. humanoid.panda says:

    Also, speaking about gall: it’s kinda cute how Doug can discuss Jindal’s entry into the race and ignore the elephant in the room: the total disaster his tax cuts and refusal to accept medicaid wrought..

  4. michael reynolds says:

    I can’t understand why Sam Brownback isn’t in the race. He’s a huge disaster for his home state, too.

  5. Franklin says:

    @TheoNott: Your name sort of reminded me of Thaddeus McCotter, who had an awesome run for President back in 2012. I can’t believe none of you remember it.

  6. CSK says:

    @Franklin:

    I do. That was bizarre.

  7. gVOR08 says:

    Yeah, laugh it up. This is all fun and games until someone pokes an eye gets elected.

  8. Ron Beasley says:

    The Republican governors were supposed to be the salvation of their party and they are all underwater in their own states. Jindal is even despised my members of his own party.

  9. SenyorDave says:

    @humanoid.panda:
    Also, speaking about gall: it’s kinda cute how Doug can discuss Jindal’s entry into the race and ignore the elephant in the room

    Now what does Chris Christie have to do with this?

    Apologies for the fat joke, but sometimes the bait is just too enticing.

    It seems almost surreal that Jindal would run. Is he that delusional, or is this just a 12 dimensional chess grift?

  10. TheoNott says:

    @Franklin: It’s the name of a very obscure Harry Potter character, I’ve been using him as an online identity for years.

  11. stonetools says:

    @humanoid.panda:

    Doug, like all conservatives, never admits to conservative economic policy failures. Conservative economics can never fail: it can be failed.
    Loiuisiana, Mississipi, and Arkansas should be models of economic growth and prosperity, while New York, California, and Maryland should be economic disaster zones, taking in more in federal dollars than they spend . Funny how it’s the other way around.
    By far the biggest problem with American politics is the illusion that liberal economics always failed, while conservative economics always works and better models reality.

  12. C. Clavin says:

    Louisiana takes in about $1.40 in federal money for every $1.00 it sends to DC in taxes.
    Pretty damn good endorsement for the Republican economic agenda.

  13. Franklin says:

    @TheoNott: After having read the books more than once (for my children) and seeing the movies (often more than once each), I’m surprised I don’t remember of even recognize Theodore Nott.

    The first thing to go is the mind. I don’t remember the second thing.

  14. David M says:

    30 Rock ended a couple years ago. Did no one tell Kenneth Parcell Bobby Jindal?

    @humanoid.panda:

    the total disaster his tax cuts and refusal to accept medicaid wrought..

    Doesn’t that apply to most of the GOP Governors?

  15. Mr. Prosser says:

    @stonetools: You forgot to list Kansas which is the ultimate leader in conservative economics.

  16. edmondo says:

    Finally, someone that George Pataki can beat. (Maybe)

  17. edmondo says:

    Hey Doug, what happens if the 2470 delegates to the Republican Convention each vote for one of the declared candidates and the first ballot is tied 1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1–1-1-1-1-1–1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1–1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1–1-1–1-1-1–1-1-1-1–1-1–1-1-1-1………………1-1-1-1-1-1-1?

    Does Carly Fiorinna still get to be Secretary of Commerce?

  18. de stijl says:

    @David M:

    I know Jindal isn’t Morman, but his demeanor and affect always struck me as the world’s most clueless, inept, and inapt Morman missionary. Dude couldn’t sell you a sugar-free, caffeiene-free Diet Coke in Provo. You’re right – Jack McBrayer is spot on.

    Or maybe that guy from Napoleon Dynamite. Not the main guy, but the older brother. Only nerdier.

  19. An Interested Party says:

    Good grief this is pathetic…has such a large group of fools ever run for president before? I wonder who’s next…perhaps Steven Colbert should run…it wouldn’t be any more of a joke than what is going on so far…

  20. CS says:

    @An Interested Party: Colbert is bright, engaged, charming, personable, with a history of success in his endeavours and a good knowledge of politics.

    He’s too good for the Republican field.

    I’d pay good money to see him and Trump on the same stage during the debates, though.

  21. gVOR08 says:

    @edmondo: Great cartoon a couple days ago. Guy’s looking at a newspaper headline 2016 Republican Candidates saying, “I didn’t know it was that many.”

  22. wr says:

    @Franklin: “After having read the books more than once (for my children) and seeing the movies (often more than once each), I’m surprised I don’t remember of even recognize Theodore Nott.”

    http://harrypotter.wikia.com/wiki/Theodore_Nott

  23. An Interested Party says:

    Colbert is bright, engaged, charming, personable, with a history of success in his endeavours and a good knowledge of politics.

    Indeed…I was talking more about the character he plays…