There comes a time when those surround Bobby Jindal must return to earth and come to grips with a realistic fact about their boy.
- He cannot seriously consider himself real presidential timber;
- His quest for POTUS is simply a cruel joke he’s playing on the rest of us;
- He told an unforgivable lie when he said, “I have the job I want”;
- He has no clue as to how to govern a state, let along an entire nation;
- The little boy should never try on big boy pants;
- He may actually be qualified to lead the Stupid Party;
- All of the above.
The correct answer is….well, you know.
As Jindal’s numbers continue to shrink to less than single-digits in GOP presidential preference polls, his efforts to garner attention have ramped up accordingly and in the process, have made him a national—if not international—laughingstock.
His handlers should take note and rein him in—for his own sake. While once fun to watch him as he writhes and issues forth preposterous utterances, people are starting to exchange nervous, embarrassed glances. It’s kind of like the drunk uncle you want to keep away from reunions, weddings, funerals and any other social gatherings—at all costs—in order to prevent his bringing further shame on the family.
That’s what happens when you have someone who doesn’t know when to shut up or when he’s had too much to drink—in Jindal’s case, some unknown Kickapoo ego-boosting joy juice that has him convinced he’s democracy’s answer to the rest of the world (Hint: George W. Bush already tried that and it didn’t work).
In recent weeks, we have seen the following:
- Jindal’s claim of mysterious “no-go” zones in Europe, a claim originally made by Fox News but then recanted—before Jindal made his assertion—and which European leaders deny; http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/19/politics/jindal-no-go-zones-london/
- Leaping to the defense—though no one had asked him—of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani when Giuliani proclaimed that President Obama doesn’t love America; http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/02/19/jindal-giuliani-obama-loves-america/
- Signing onto that now infamous letter by 47 Republican senators warning Iran that any nuclear deal could be reversed by the next president—and even suggesting that the original idea for the letter was his; http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/03/10/that-iran-letter-bobby-jindal-says-the-ideas-were-his/
- Getting into an exchange of tweets with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over her criticism of that letter; http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/03/10/that-iran-letter-bobby-jindal-says-the-ideas-were-his/
And even before the recent rash of brashness on his part, Jindal set the tone right after the 2012 presidential election loss by Mitt Romney when he said the Republican Party needed to “stop being the stupid party.” http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/279243-jindal-republicans-must-stop-being-the-stupid-party
There seems to be no end to his string of banalities—unless one wishes to include his duties as governor of Louisiana. In that case, he appears to have punted, to have taken a powder, abdicated, as it were.
But for the true picture of the depth of his silliness, we need to go all the way back to February 2, 2005, and then-President George W. Bush’s State of the Union Address—a full four years before Jindal’s disastrous Republican response to the Obama State of the Union Address.
The 2005 Jindal was in stark contrast to the January 2015 Jindal.
In 2005, then-U.S. Rep. Bobby Jindal drew national attention (what else is new?) when he provided a bowl of purple ink for members of Congress to dip their index fingers in and to hold the fingers aloft during Bush’s address as a show of solidarity with Iraqi citizens who had voted in elections in that country. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1683&dat=20050203&id=GSQqAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Q0UEAAAAIBAJ&pg=6546,792517
“We all watched with joy as Iraqis dipped their fingers in ink and held them high, proudly proclaiming to the world that they had voted,” Jindal said rather naively in a letter to fellow congressmen as he somewhat prematurely launched his one-man celebration of the birth of democracy in Iraq.
That was then.
This is now:
That experiment in democracy apparently did not take in Iraq as the country anticipates a bloodbath between the Sunni and Shiite factions, a rift that pre-dates American democracy by some 1100 years and shows no signs of going away. http://www.cfr.org/peace-conflict-and-human-rights/sunni-shia-divide/p33176#!/
As if that were not enough, our friend C.B. Forgotston points out that today’s (Monday) Baton Rouge Advocate quotes Louisiana Secretary of Revenue Tim Barfield as saying that he “has already been in talks with Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform to see if the group would consider replacing revenue lost from local inventory taxes with increased collection of remote sales tax revenue neutral.” http://theadvocate.com/news/11837337-123/st-james-leaders-brace-for
That’s correct. The administration consults with Norquist before making any decision on the state’s budgetary matters or before even going to the restroom. A governor who is the self-proclaimed expert on all matters dealing with foreign policy apparently cannot make a decision on Louisiana issues without the nod of approval of the most powerful unelected official in America. As Forgotston pointed out this morning, “A group out of D.C. is in talks with Team Jindal on how to tax us. If the legislators had any courage or self-respect, they’d shut this down NOW!” You simply can’t make this stuff up, he says.
But, hey, our governmental sage has a bowl of purple ink for anyone who’s interested.
To paraphrase our former governor Bobby Jindal, “at the end of the day,” you have “two things:”
- One, we have a man who, though he repeated ad-nauseam during his first term that he “has the job he wanted” and then proceeded to spend all of his second term chasing the job he really wants to such a degree as to abandon any pretense of being governor.
- Two, by admitting that the administration has been in talks with Grover Norquist, the tea party guru who doesn’t even live in Louisiana and never has, Barfield has openly acknowledged what we all knew: that Jindal has never—repeat, never—been his own man, and never will be. He is beholden to big business and the no-tax-under-any-condition mantra that the corporate world cherishes.
We can only conclude that he has been snorting too much Koch.