Bobby Jindal’s Campaign Starts Twitter Hashtag #AskBobby – Hilarity Ensues

jindal-nraYou would think by now politicians would learn not to use Twitter for Q&A sessions. In fact, while I’m obviously not anyone’s campaign manager, I would advise against any candidate using the Internet for any form of back and forth where “trolls” could hijack what you were originally trying to do and use it as a way to completely humiliate a candidate publicly. That’s almost always what happens – though sometimes politicians just flat-out embarrass themselves without any help.

So, when I saw that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s PAC was setting up an #AskBobby hashtag campaign on Twitter for the candidate to answer during a town hall event in Iowa, I instantly knew that was a horrific idea. I would even go so far as to say whoever thought setting up this social media stunt would be a good way to “interact with voters” should probably never work with any political campaign again. When I say this whole thing turned into quite the spectacle thanks to anti-Jindal advocates absolutely crushing the Louisiana governor, I’m not exaggerating at all.

The comical nature of these “questions” asked of Jindal rivaled what I saw during the #TedCruzCampaignSlogans that went viral following the launch of his campaign. Though, at least to Cruz’s credit, that hashtag was started by people on the Internet mocking Cruz – not by his actual campaign itself.

That being said, I thought I’d list a few of the best ones I came across:

I wanted to stop with that last one because it’s absolutely true. Jindal’s mother was already around three months pregnant with him when his parents immigrated to the United States. So, technically, if “life begins at conception” (which Jindal believes), wouldn’t that mean his life started in India – not the United States? It goes along with a question I’ve often asked: If life begins at conception, then why aren’t we considered nine months old when we’re born and why aren’t fetuses allowed to be claimed as “children” until they’re born?

But I’ll say this much, as someone who had to deal with Rick Perry as my governor for years, I thought he was fairly unpopular among many Texans – even a good amount of Republicans. But even as often as I saw our former governor mocked here in Texas, it doesn’t compare to what I saw from those who absolutely crushed Bobby Jindal on Twitter.

In the end, there is one thing both Perry and Jindal have in common – neither stand a chance in hell at becoming president.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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