I watched Bobby Jindal’s speech in which he would seek the GOP nomination for the White House in 2016. The Louisiana Governor is the 13th Republican candidate to announce his or her intention to run for President.
There were parts of the speech that were quite good especially when he spoke about radical Islam. President Obama would never use the word radical and Islam in the same sentence.
Naturally, Jindal boasted his accomplishments, but neglected to mention a budget deficit of $1.6 billion and climbing.
Yet Jindal came off that he was talking at instead of to people. I think Ted Cruz has this same problem.
Jindal certainly does make a valid point that conservatives are downplaying our values and trying to make nice with a left-wing media that will never embrace us. With this in mind, he took a jab at Jeb Bush about losing in the primary to win in the general election.
But if a Republican wants to win the White House then he or she cannot be content to preach to the choir and this is the sense I get from Jindal. I also get this sense from Cruz and someone like Mike Huckabee (although Huckabee is better than talking to people than Cruz and Jindal). Like it or not, in order to win the White House that means getting votes from people who voted for Barack Obama, possibly twice. I’m not talking about hardcore lefties here, but people who could vote either way. I just can’t see Jindal winning these people over.
Bobby Jindal could exceed expectations in the 2016 primaries. He could be what Huckabee was in 2008. But Huckabee has limited appeal and I’m afraid Jindal will likely face the same fate.
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