Fox News is often referred to as the media arm of the Republican Party. It also serves as a placeholder job for politicians like former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee in between presidential campaigns, as well as a free platform for candidates like Louisiana’s governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal hasn’t had great poll numbers from the very beginning, and formally announcing his run for president last month was greeted by a resounding “meh” from members of his own party. His recent #AskBobby Twitter Q&A was an unmitigated disaster, and his appearance on Fox News Sunday didn’t go well for him either.
Desperate for a boost in the polls and a source of super PAC funding, Bobby Jindal has inserted himself into every political news item, without any worry that the media would fact-check him on his claims. Just as one example, Governor Jindal made it a point to weigh in with his opinion on the Hillary Clinton email story and criticized her for using a private email server.
“I was waiting for her to say, ‘What difference does it make?’” Jindal told the Des Moines Register of the press conference when Clinton explained her decision to use a private email server. “I was kind of surprised she didn’t say that”
“From Benghazi, to this, to the Russia reset, there seems to be a lack of accountability,” he told Buzzfeed. “Just a pattern here where bad things happen on her watch and she doesn’t take responsibility for it.” (Source)
It’s not just the Hillary Clinton email flap that Republicans have tried to turn into a scandal they can use against her campaign. Bobby Jindal has been campaigning hard on bashing Hillary Clinton and laughably touting his economic record in Louisiana as proof that he’s the best candidate for president. Jindal knows that in order to have a shot of winning the presidential nomination, or even securing some Cabinet position in a Republican White House, he has to appeal to primary voters beyond the Duck Dynasty and evangelical Christian electoral bloc.
Recently, Sean Hannity gave Jindal an entire hour on his evening program, and yesterday, he appeared on Fox News Sunday with Bret Baier expecting another round of softball questions. During these appearances, Bobby Jindal has tried to cast his administration’s attack on public employees and his anti-tax pledge to Grover Norquist as a glorious example of Republican slash and burn economic policies done right. On Sunday, Jindal didn’t get softball questions, he got some hard and inside fastballs that left him looking dumb on Fox News. Yes, Bret Baier actually called him out on his talking points and pointed out how his state budgets were full of accounting gimmicks.
Here’s part of the transcript from the show:
BAIER: Governor, you have economic problems at home. Your approval rating in Louisiana has hovered around 30 percent, stemming largely from how you handled a deficit of about $1.6 billion, a budget shortfall. And you are waiting to hear whether Louisiana will lose some of its credit rating, will be downgraded a bit. Why should anyone look at your economic record and say that’s what I want for the nation?
JINDAL: Well, Bret, we actually measure prosperity on how people are doing in the real world, not the government sector. So in Louisiana, we have balanced our budget eight years in a row without raising taxes. Largest tax cut in our state’s history. Income tax cut. Secondly, we have cut our state budget 26 percent, $9 billion. Cut over 30,000 fewer state government bureaucrats. We’ve actually had eight credit upgrades. Our highest credit rating in decades. We’ve got more people working than ever before in Louisiana’s history, earning a higher income than ever before. We reversed 25 years of out-migration, seven years in a row of in-migration. Actually, you look at Louisiana’s economy, we have got $60 billion, 90,000 jobs coming into our state because of economic development wins.
You’re right, the left doesn’t like what I’ve done because they say we’ve cut too much in government. Prosperity is measured in the real world, not the government world, and that’s the choice we face in 2016.
BAIER: Governor, the way you’ve done that, you’ve tried to pass a plan — you passed a plan that many looked at as a way to keep a presidential campaign promise by not raising taxes. In consultation with Grover Norquist, with the Americans for Tax Reform. The Citizens for Tax Justice explained it this way, where the revenue came from. How a governor can raise taxes without violating a no-tax pledge. “Governor Jindal has created a Rube Goldberg-like budget gimmick. Governor Jindal passed a massive increase in college fees, which he then exactly offset with the new tax credit, resulting in no actual increase in costs for students. Because college fee increases do not technically count as a tax under Grover Norquist’s formula, Governor Jindal could claim that the tax credit, half of his plan, was a substantial new tax cut. Jindal could then sign an increase in the actual taxes, including cigarette taxes and other levies, without violating the pledge under the dubious claim that the tax portion of this package was revenue neutral.”
Isn’t that, Governor, the kind of stuff that Republicans hate about Washington? (Source)
At this point, Bobby Jindal’s campaign is done. Donald Trump has outflanked him on the right with anti-immigration rhetoric and Scott Walker will do the same when it comes to demonizing unions and public sector employees. He’s been shut out by the Koch brothers and events held by their political groups who are inviting other presidential candidates, but not Jindal.
When even Fox News is tired of your shit and the Koch brothers refuse to even invite you to their events, it’s time to call it a day.
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