By: Pat Austin
SHREVEPORT – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has a new fan: Frank Luntz. While Donald Trump is getting all the headlines from The Family Leadership Summit held in Ames, Iowa Saturday, apparently one of the top performers was actually Bobby Jindal.
Jindal got many prolonged rounds of applause and at one point, Luntz even had to quiet the crowd so he could proceed. Jindal is getting headlines this morning with his call for a federal religious freedom order, a move similar to one he enacted in Louisiana:
“The next president should do what we did in Louisiana: Issue an executive order immediately saying the federal government will not discriminate or take action against any individual or business that has a traditional view of marriage,” Jindal said. “We’re not going to threaten their tax rights, not going to fire them.”
Luntz said that he interpreted Jindal’s answer as indicating that Jindal wouldn’t follow court rulings. Earlier in the appearance, Jindal said it was bad precedent for Republicans to ignore the constitution or laws they didn’t like.
“I just want to be clear that you’re saying that even if the Supreme Court says, ‘this is the law of the land,’ you’re prepared — you think the next president should say to the Supreme Court, ‘I’m sorry, you’re wrong,'” Luntz said. “That’s significant.”
Jindal responded by saying, “clearly, the Supreme Court is wrong.
Jindal issued Louisiana’s religious freedom order in May after the legislature shot down a bill that would enact basically the same thing.
“The state should not be able to take adverse action against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman,” Jindal said in the statement.
“We do not support discrimination in Louisiana and we do support religious liberty,” he said.
Now Jindal is calling for a similar move from the next president.
Perhaps Jindal’s most popular line Saturday was:
“I am critical when the mainstream media — they don’t apply the same standards to this president that they apply to the rest of us,” Jindal said, drawing applause that was so prolonged, Luntz had to quiet the crowd. “If we nominate a Republican who wants to be liked by the media, wants to be liked by the establishment, wants to go to the cool cocktail parties, we are done.”
NOLA reports that at the conclusion of the event, Luntz could be heard telling Jindal, “I never knew you were that good.”
Bobby Jindal doesn’t stand a snowball’s chance at winning this election, in my honest opinion, but he will certainly make the debates interesting.
At least, Frank Luntz seems to think so.
Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.