Jindal Jumps in the GOP Clown Bus With Almost No Support

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has thrown his hat into the clown bus (to mix a metaphor or two) for the Republican presidential nomination. His odds aren’t good, to say the least. Two recent polls found a total of three people — not three percent, three people — supported him for president.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced on Wednesday he was running for the U.S. presidency in 2016, giving himself a mountain to climb from the bottom of a full pack of Republican candidates.

“My name is Bobby Jindal and I am running for President of the United States of America,” Jindal, who became the first person of Indian-American heritage to run for U.S. president, said on his website.

Jindal, 44, is scheduled to appear later on Wednesday in the New Orleans suburb of Kenner to formally announce his decision. His website featured videos of Jindal and his wife, Supriya, telling their three children that he was going to be a candidate and promising his daughter they would get a puppy if they moved to the White House.

Once seen as a rising Republican star, Jindal has struggled with a fiscal crisis and a slump in popularity in his home state and usually ranks near the bottom in polls of Republicans seeking the nomination for the November 2016 presidential election…

The MarblePort/Hayride poll in Louisiana released last week was especially embarrassing for Jindal, showing more Louisianans back Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton for president than Jindal by 44.5 percent to 42 percent.

The latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found just one likely Republican primary voter — not 1 percent — out of 236 surveyed intended to back Jindal.

Another poll conducted by Suffolk University found just two New Hampshire Republicans out of 500 backed the Louisiana governor.

Republicans in the state complain Jindal spent too much time trying to court national attention while his state floundered.

Jindal is in last place in a Reuters/Ipsos online poll of 15 Republicans, drawing less than 1 percent. It could be difficult for him to be among the top 10 Republican candidates in national polling who will join the party’s first debate in Ohio in August.

Good luck, Bobby. You’re gonna need it. Hey, maybe they could hold a special debate for the candidates that don’t make the top ten to get into the first debate. All the back of the pack Republican candidates can debate Lincoln Chafee. Hell, throw in Vermin Supreme and Pat Paulson too.

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  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Technical question: Does Jindal even have enough class to qualify for an Upperclass Twit of the Year Award?

  • arakasi

    That promise to his daughter was pretty cruel. She probably thinks that she might actually get a puppy now.

  • Reginald Selkirk
  • congenital cynic

    What a great collection of clowns on the bus. Having The Donald join was a great addition, and Jindal is another good one (though not nearly as entertaining as the orange haired buffoon). If only Herman Cain would join the clown bus again. His special brand of “dumb” is difficult to replace. This is shaping up to be a campaign packed with pure comedy gold. It’s just a pity that Jon Stewart is leaving the Daily Show. He could have had a fantastic extra year in the saddle.

  • alanb

    I am tempted to say that allowing Pat Paulsen to be a part of the debate is unfair to the other candidates, but I have to admit that Paulsen being dead for 18 years does even the playing field a bit.

  • Doug Little

    telling their three children that he was going to be a candidate and promising his daughter they would get a puppy if they moved to the White House.

    That’s just cruel, he has absolutely no shot. Just get her the damn puppy regardless.

  • Die Anyway

    The primary debate is going to include the top TEN candidates??

    Moderator: “Candidate 1, please explain your position on our situation in Afghanistan. You have 4 seconds.”

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Having The Donald join was a great addition…

    Yes, actually, it is — he’ll be an enormous benefit to the GOP, since every other candidate, no matter how bigoted, stupid or unhinged, will be able to pretend he’s the “moderate” and Trump is the “extremist” “outlier.” This could completely erase Republican insanity and incompetence as a campaign issue: as long as they nominate someone less obviously ridiculous than Trump, they can pretend to be the party of mature serious statesmen.

  • sugarfrosted

    @7 Now that Donald Trump is going to be in it, they should have the 30 second answer format while dressed in bikinis. Just like a pageant.

  • illdoittomorrow

    Die Anyway at 7:

    The primary debate is going to include the top TEN candidates??

    Moderator: “Candidate 1, please explain your position on our situation in Afghanistan. You have 4 seconds.”

    To be fair, how long does it take to say “it’s all Obama’s fault” after every question?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001548104064 jimatkins

    Sugarfrosted, now can I sue you for pain and suffering? Orange hair and a bikini will NEVER work its way out of my consciousness. AAAAAAAH!!!!!!

  • illdoittomorrow

    From the quote in the OP:

    Republicans in the state complain Jindal spent too much time trying to court national attention while his state floundered.

    Apparently, some Republicans in the state need to be reminded that all Republican-held elected offices exist to be springboards for a Presidential run.

    Oh, and if the state flounders, that’s Obama’s fault, too.

  • Donnie

    I guess Bobby Jindal was not stupid enough for the “Party of Stupid”

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Ed:

    Bobby Jindal has thrown his hat into the clown bus (to mix a metaphor or two)

    I think the phrase you are seeking is written like so:

    Bobby Jindal has thrown his red, round honking-nose into the clown bus

    (or clown car, I prefer clown car, but each 500 clowns get to pick a new, shared vehicle and if they want a bus, it’s their 9th amendment right to get one that isn’t gay-married.