You 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:
#AskBobby Barack Hussein Obama ran for the Presidency under his real full name. not "Barry". You ain't Bobby your name is Piyush. Own it.
— AAmom (@AVD911) June 30, 2015
Which spice girl is your favorite and if you had a chance, what laws would you pass to oppress them for having a uterus? #AskBobby
— Zora Neale Thirstin (@CarefreeBlkGirl) June 30, 2015
Do you think the person who put you up to this may be planted so you will lose? #AskBobby
— DJ Chedda Bae (@merc80) July 1, 2015
Did you view it as a personal challenge to destroy Louisiana more than Hurricane Katrina did? #AskBobby
— James McGuffee (@jwmcguffee) July 1, 2015
Did Moses write the bill of rights? #AskBobby
— David S (@UberPSDavid) July 1, 2015
Could you save us some time & just tell us who you'll endorse after you get fleeced in the Iowa Caucus? #AskBobby
— John Beyer (@alphajb4) July 1, 2015
#AskBobby What suggestions would you give to young conservatives looking to so quickly achieve such a massive level of mockery?
— modality (@modality1) July 1, 2015
— Sean D. Illing (@sean_illing) July 1, 2015
#AskBobby Who's better at training velociraptors, Chris Pratt or Jesus?
— Christopher Johnson (@beermksitbetter) July 1, 2015
Do you realize that you're polling worse than Trump? #AskBobby
— Neha (@neon_orpheus) July 1, 2015
#AskBobby why didn't they let dinosaurs on the ark?
— LFT411 (@LFT411) July 1, 2015
What Would Jesus Do with immigrants, the poor, those who lack healthcare, those that are marginalized and discriminated against? #AskBobby
— Sue G-Vaughn (@piguanaSue) July 1, 2015
Would you sign my petition to have a recall of the governor of Louisiana? #AskBobby
— Patrick Carrigan (@smatrick) July 1, 2015
Did Jesus ride dinosaurs with or without a saddle? #AskBobby
— SternFanChad (@money_boo_boo) June 30, 2015
If life begins at conception does that mean you're not a US citizen? #AskBobby
— Evil Larry (@shempzine) July 1, 2015
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.
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