So Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal becomes the third Republican candidate to formally drop out of the race for the Republican nomination, joining fellow governors Scott Walker and Rick Perry.
His departure will have zero effect on the race. His poll numbers were abysmal and in asterisk territory despite his increasingly shrill articulations of extreme conservative views in an effort to pander to the segment of partisan voters who turn out to Republican rallies at this early stage of the process.
Jindal tried to gain traction by going after front-runner Donald Trump and calling him a ‘narcissist’ and ‘egomaniac’ but even that did not work and Trump heralded his exit with a ‘nice try but no cigar’ adieu.
“Well, he was, you know, a little nasty with me, but I think ultimately was very nice and he tried. Everyone’s nasty to me because they want to get votes,” Trump said Wednesday morning on Fox News. “Look he was in there, he tried very hard. I think he’s a nice guy, he was a good man.”
Actually, Jindal is not a nice guy. In his ruthless ambition he was willing to refuse the Medicaid expansion for the poor, attack Planned Parenthood and assault women’s health services, and demagogue on Muslims and refugees, to name a few things. In other words, he was your standard contemporary Republican politician.
Jindal says that ‘this was not his time’. But my feeling is that it will never be his time for higher elected office.
There is an election to be held on Saturday to replace Jindal as governor so we can hope that this is the end of Jindal’s career in public life. He is quite a nasty piece of work.