Bobby Jindal left the race for the presidency yesterday. He did so on the largest stage he’s had since he entered the race. Rather than call a press conference, or a rally, he decided to go on Brett Baier’s Special Report on Fox News (which regularly has about 3 million viewers).
Jindal didn’t seem sad as he said “it wasn’t my time”. That became obvious about 20 minutes after he announced. Jindal, who really is a rock-ribbed conservative and a good person, never caught hold in the race, and had a very difficult time in a field of 17 raising money. When it came right down to it, Jindal’s big problem was finding traction. Hell, that’s been a lot of people’s problem since they’ve gotten into the race.
Unfortunately for Jindal, the traction he did find was sparse. Unfortunately for the rest of us, nobody else at the bottom of the pack has realized the same reality that Jindal did. They still think, with 0% of the population supporting them, that they have a chance to be the president, or position themselves for something greater up the road. Anything but what they really are doing, which is spinning wheels and wasting time.
Look, there are four people right now that are getting the support of the populace on the Republican side. Donald Trump remains either at or close to the top of the heap. Ben Carson is nipping at his heals. Then you’ve got Marco Rubio, the freshman senator from Florida, who is Cuban-American, and loves to tell the story of how his bartending father helped put him through school to live “The American Dream”. And you’ve got Ted Cruz another Cuban-American (born in Canada), that is probably the most conservative of the bunch.
The rest of the GOP field could help everybody else by taking a cue from Bobby Jindal. It’s not their time. Not this year. This seems to be the year of the “fresh faced outsider”. People are looking for something different than what Washington DC has been able to groom. Coming from congress is not going to be an asset this time around. Being a governor obviously isn’t helping out a lot. Not with Jindal bowing out, George Pataki at 0%, Jeb Bush at 4% and falling and Chris Christie unable to maintain his position on the “big boy stage”. Of course, you’ve also got Jim Gilmore, former governor of Virginia; Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas, and John Kasich, current governor of Ohio. Add to that guys that frankly shouldn’t be in the race like Rand Paul, Rick Santorum, Lindsay Graham, and maybe even Carly Fiorina (though I wouldn’t be upset if she rounded the field to five), and you could lose them, and not many people would even notice.
It’s time to start whittling down the field. I’ve said that before, and I’ll harp on that again. Once you get down to five or six candidates, you start getting into the issues. Right now all you’re able to do is throw barbs at each other and try and get the attention of the moderators. Let’s start getting serious and decide who’s best to beat the Arkansas Princess in the general election. THEN, you’ll have a primary!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!