Bobby Jindal Doesn’t Have A Chance, So Why Is He Running For President?

Gov. Bobby Jindal  delivers an address to the Louisiana Legislature. Image via NOLA.com

Gov. Bobby Jindal delivers an address to the Louisiana Legislature. Image via NOLA.com

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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  • Gary Menten

    Bush (he will be the GOP nomininny) putting Jindal on the 2016 ticket with him is just another way of saying “Go Hillary!”

  • djhbutler

    I understand that from a Republican’s perspective he/she could not possibly win any election without the evangelical vote, but that vote by itself cannot win them a national election. Further that vote, for the overwhelming part, will never vote for a democrat, yet courting it forces these candidates into absurd machinations by which they risk alienating all other voters

    • rejectrepublicanlies

      Evangelicals are losing power and the amount of Americans identifying with or practicing religion, is on the decline. He’ll have more time to pal around with the Duck Dynasty clowns and perform exorcisms.

  • Thunder Panus

    Neither does Sanders but that’s not stopping him.And Hillary will likely be in jail by next November.

    • Nicholas A Kocal

      Sorry stupid. But being an intelligent, articulate woman is not illegal. And luckily for republicans, it is also not illegal to be ignorant, racist bigots who have been on the wrong side of history since they supported Hitler in the late 1930s.

    • rejectrepublicanlies

      What is the crime? After all the millions wasted on Benghazi investigations, neither Issa nor Gowdy have anything to show. It’s too bad Republicans weren’t more concerned about the 13 Benghazis that occurred under Bush’s watch. 60 people killed and 12 were Americans. That would have been a great investigation.

      • Eyeball_Kid

        It’s a variation of the same old Bill Clinton witch hunts– millions of dollars get spent in search of corruption, as if there’s a “Clinton Investigations, LLC”, an industry onto itself. People are making money on these witch hunts. Whether or not legitimate evidence is found doesn’t matter. What matters is that the investigations are playing on national media. Most folks know that the investigations are taxpayer-funded shams, but the low information voters want their smell of blood.

  • rejectrepublicanlies

    Wasn’t Jindal the one that said his party needed to quit being the party of stupid? Oh well.

  • DonKey

    The very thought of this vermin in a cabinet position or – shudder – as VP makes my blood run cold.