Gov. Bobby Jindal is going to be running for President, but his approval rating has sunk so low that President Obama is more popular than the Republican in deep red Louisiana.
While discussing Jindal’s failures in Louisiana, The Washington Post dropped this little nugget of information, “Jindal is now so unpopular in deep-red Louisiana that his approval rating plunged to 32 percent in a recent poll — compared with 42 percent for President Obama, who lost the state by 17 percentage points in 2012.”
In our current era of national geographic political polarization, President Obama is not popular in any of the red states. Being more popular than Obama in Louisiana should be a low hurdle for any Republican, but Bobby Jindal is ten points behind the President in a state that Obama was not competitive in during either of his presidential campaigns.
Bobby Jindal is running for president, but he has struggled for years to be more popular than President Obama. In 2013, Obama was 5 points more popular than Jindal. The margin has doubled in the last two years. Jindal’s popularity has plummeted in direct relation to his attempts to impose the Republican/Koch agenda on his state.
In 2013, Gov. Jindal tried to replace the state tax with a higher sales tax, but the opposition was so strong (63% opposed in polling) that he was forced to abandon his plan. Jindal has slashed spending for education and health care while cutting taxes on the wealthy and corporations. The result has been a historic budget crisis that the governor has shown no interest in solving.
Jindal has spent months pandering to national social conservatives by trying to pass the Marriage and Conscience Act, but the bill died in the state legislature. Bobby Jindal has completely wrecked the state of Louisiana by using it as a platform for his presidential campaign. He has shown no interest in the consequences of actions. For Bobby Jindal, everything is a presidential resume building exercise.
Bobby Jindal is less popular than President Obama in his home state, but he thinks that he can be elected president.
Jindal is the latest example of how overrated the Republican presidential candidates are. The supposedly deep Republican bench consists of current governors who aren’t popular in their own states, a bunch of senators who at best have regional appeal, a former governor who is under indictment, a failed business executive, a reality television star most famous for repeated bankruptcies, a Fox News created conservative media star who many believe is insane, and a clueless Bush brother who is doomed by his family’s unpopular legacy, and soon Bobby Jindal.
Jindal can’t beat Obama in Louisiana, yet he is going to run for president. The Republican field can best be summed up as when you have two dozen candidates and no leaders, that means that you really have no candidate at all.
Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor and Senior White House and Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA.Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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