Well, that didn’t take long. While I doubt he’s going to drop out tomorrow, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign was all but ended early on during the first GOP presidential debate – before the candidate even had a chance to speak.
While going through the opening statements, where the moderators start by asking each candidate a lead-in before letting them speak, Jindal was asked why the American people should vote for him when his current approval numbers as governor are in the mid-30’s and some polls even show him trailing Hillary Clinton in his own state. Yes, Jindal has done such a lousy job as governor that in the fairly “red state” of Louisiana, Jindal trails Clinton in many polls.
Sure, most of us who follow politics regularly already knew how poorly Jindal was fairing in polls in his own state, but to point out his failures (especially his numbers against Clinton in several presidential polls) before even letting him speak was the proverbial “throwing him under the bus.” Even the look on Jindal’s face was as if he had just been betrayed by a close friend.
So, what was his answer? He essentially ran through a few prepared talking points and claimed he wasn’t elected to be popular. Except, job approval numbers aren’t really about being popular as much as they are a measurement of how well you’re doing your job. And, looking at his job approval numbers, it seems the people of Louisiana think he’s doing a terrible job.
Then again, who’s honestly taking Jindal seriously? How does someone look at their own job approval numbers plummeting into the mid-30’s, then say to themselves, “I should run for president!”
My hope is that when all of this is done, either tonight or tomorrow someone asks him what he thought of that opening question from the Fox News moderators. They didn’t just take a shot at Jindal’s campaign, they basically ended it before he even had a chance to speak in his first debate – and it was absolutely priceless.