Bobby Jindal is expected to officially join the GOP clown car fairly soon, right as he’s hitting the absolute bottom of his political career. Why is it the absolute bottom for him? He presides over one of the reddest states in the country, and his approval ratings there are lower than those of President Obama.
According to an article in the Washington Post, his approval rating is down to 32 percent. Obama’s is at a staggering 42 percent for the state, which is outstanding when you consider how many Southern conservatives absolutely hate Obama. The fact that there’s a full ten-point difference there makes him look absolutely terrible, even against clowns like Ted Cruz and Scott Walker.
Jindal has also angered many of his fellow Republicans in the state legislature with his travels to early primary states, instead of working with them. Louisiana is struggling with a massive budget crisis, which came from his unpaid-for tax cuts. Furthermore, business is upset with the “religious freedom” bill he tried to pass, which they feared would cause a backlash similar to what happened in Indiana earlier this year.
One odd thing about Jindal’s reign in Louisiana is that he tried to create a “business friendly” environment by cutting taxes. Then, to try to help with the budget crisis, he nixed corporate tax refunds, calling them corporate welfare. Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, supports getting rid of such refunds, but this makes no sense. Tax refunds are money that someone overpaid to the government. They’re not additional income, so how are they corporate welfare? Are they welfare for the rest of us, too?
Jindal’s problem seems to be two-fold: First, he’s too far right to be practical. That’s a problem plaguing several red states as they continue to stick to Republican dogma, despite how much of a failure much of it is. Second, he seems to be putting his political ambitions above the needs of his state. That’s a bad way to lead.
Nationwide, Jindal faces a huge uphill battle, as he ranks near the bottom in GOP presidential polls. While The Advocate says Jindal doesn’t worry about poll numbers, he really needs to start, because polling results determine who gets to compete in the early debates. Those debates will start within the next few months, ahead of the primaries.
Candidates who don’t appear in the debates are at a severe disadvantage, because they have no platform to compare their proposed policies to other candidates. Perhaps it’s good, though, that Jindal doesn’t look like he’ll be crowding the stage. If even his own state approves of Obama, a Democrat, more than they approve of him, then his campaign is likely to be a massive waste of time and money.