Every time I think that Bobby Jindal couldn’t possibly do something any more ridiculous, he manages to think of something to top his previous performance. Whether it has been issuing an executive order to allow businesses and government employees to discriminate against the LGBT community, or signing a law to protect oil companies like BP (his brother is a lawyer who represents them) from lawsuits, there really isn’t any low he hasn’t stepped to while accusing President Obama of abusing the power of the presidency.
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples had an equal right to marry under the 14th Amendment, and most states have complied with the Supreme Court’s decision. However, Bobby Jindal, who originally was defiant of the ruling and later backed down, was back at it again. This time, he said that Louisiana wouldn’t recognize their ruling until U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who originally ruled against marriage equality in Louisiana, had reversed his decision. That finally happened today.
So why would Bobby Jindal go through all of this time and trouble to fight a battle he could not win? Why wouldn’t he just say that the Supreme Court had spoken, he couldn’t fight any longer, and move on to the next issue?
My guess is that at this point, Bobby Jindal figured he really had nothing to lose, and everything to gain politically by defying the Supreme Court. In fact, after all the stunts he’s pulled without any legal action against him until the recent ACLU lawsuit, he must think that absolutely nobody can touch him. This is a guy who has spent his entire time as governor preparing to run for president, while spending much of the last couple years away from Louisiana in pursuit of votes and campaign donors on taxpayer-funded trips, instead of doing the job he was twice elected to do.
To drag his feet and give the Supreme Court the middle finger for as long as he could, Bobby Jindal managed to rack up political brownie points with the anti-gay, evangelical Christian demographic he has been courting aggressively ever since he gave that “stop being the stupid party” speech shortly after the 2012 elections. He has done this to portray himself as a Christian warrior against “liberal activist judges” to what I call the “Duck Dynasty Republicans.” In the early primary states, this faction of the Republican Party can decide who wins and who has to go home early. In 2012, Rick Santorum’s right-wing candidacy was a serious challenge to Mitt Romney, winning 11 primary states, all of which were in the South.
Bobby Jindal has a better chance of going to jail for his actions as governor than he does becoming president in 2016, but he has so much time and wasted taxpayer money invested in his pursuit of the White House that he’s willing to continue pandering to opponents of marriage equality by any means necessary. Even if he cannot secure the presidential nomination, Bobby Jindal has a backup plan: angle for a White House Cabinet position. Or more likely, the vice presidential spot on the 2016 GOP ticket, which is what all of this sound and fury from the idiot governor of Louisiana is about.
“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” Macbeth Quote (Act V, Scene V).
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