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.
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.
Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative college newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment issues, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the business of government and business was so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that reality.