Bobby Jindal quits race

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From Gov. Bobby Jindal’s awkward video announcement. Maybe the 128 “Thumbs Up” as compared to the 1,617 “Thumbs Down” votes was a good indication of how people felt about his candidacy. (YouTube)
From Gov. Bobby Jindal’s awkward video announcement. Maybe the 128 “Thumbs Up” as compared to the 1,617 “Thumbs Down” votes was a good indication of how people felt about his candidacy. (YouTube)

Many people were surprised to hear the news that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has dropped out of the Republican Primary Race for president. It wasn’t a surprise because he was doing well, it was that most people didn’t know he was still in the race.

The governor has never really polled above low single digits and his campaign announcement video was like his GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address in 2009: awkward. Hidden cameras in the trees, his kids’ less than enthusiastic response to Daddy saying, “We have decided we are going to be running for president.” It just looked too weird for most people.

From Jindal’s response to President Obama’s first State of the Union Address (YouTube)
From Jindal’s response to President Obama’s first State of the Union Address (YouTube)

Jindal tried to stake out far right territory, where Senator Ted Cruz is stalking, but the popularity of Dr. Ben Carson and real estate developer Donald Trump have all but dismissed most of the field from any serious consideration. Even Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and brother and son to two previous presidents, hasn’t gained much traction against Carson and Trump.

The Governor made his announcement on Fox News, excoriating the president, the Democratic frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — the entire “Left” of the country — and the ACLU for good measure, as he spoke to Brett Baer. At least he remembered to stick with the talking points on his way out the door.

Jindal follows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Texas Governor Rick Perry to the exits of the GOP primaries.

The Kids’ table of the GOP debates just got a little smaller.

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