By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Post election angst is fairly low here in the northwestern part of the state but down south, in New Orleans, tensions remain high.  Protesters have gathered at Lee Circle each night and marched through the city creating havoc and destruction although their numbers seem to be shrinking each day.

A small group of protesters railing against President-elect Donald Trump turned out Saturday night (Nov. 12) at Lee Circle for a fourth consecutive night following the Republican candidate’s upset win against Hillary Clinton on Tuesday. They met in front of downtown’s Robert R. Lee monument, which has been plastered with profanity-laced graffiti in recent days but which bore no signs of similar vandalism on Saturday.

The gathering was quiet compared to Wednesday’s protest, which saw the windows of a Chase bank smashed along with anti-Trump graffiti sprayed on several prominent downtown buildings. New Orleans police have not arrested anyone for the vandalism.

There is a very strong group of monument watchers in NOLA who work hard to keep the monuments in in the city free from graffiti; they respond quickly to reports of tagging in part to deflect Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s claims that the monuments are a public nuisance.

My husband has been consumed with the liberal meltdowns on social media and has been greatly entertained by some of them but I’ve tried very hard to stay away from it. I’m not much for gloating and I don’t see much potential in trying to reform any of them. What I want to tell them is that this is the way I felt four years ago and eight years ago but that destroying someone else’s property because of it never crossed my mind.  Get over it, I want to say. But I don’t.

We still have runoff elections in Louisiana: the Senate race has come down to Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy.  Kennedy has done exemplary work as State Treasurer and is smart as he can be. Very fiscally conservative.  Foster Campbell is a career politician having been in office since 1976; he has been State Senator (1976-2002), served on the Public Service Commission, and run for several offices he did not win.  He was defeated in a gubernatorial race against Bobby Jindal and lost his bid for US Congressman three times. Campbell’s most notorious claim to fame was when he drove down an unopened, unfinished stretch of I-49 in 1988 and lost his eye when he crashed his car trying to drive on pavement that wasn’t there.  Kennedy is favored in the U.S. Senate runoff – John Fleming – R, currently holds the seat.

That race was a crowded field and it’s worth noting that former Klansman David Duke got over 50,000 votes, or 3%, in that race.

As for Trump, there are rumors that he is considering former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for Secretary of HHS which would actually be a great choice. Jindal lost a lot of popularity as governor, but in the field of Health and Human Services he is right at home and in his element. He would excel at this position.

Here’s hoping it is quiet where you are and that the peaceful transition of power is allowed to take place.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

Bobby Jindal has pulled out of the Presidential Race

“I’ve come to real­ize this is not my time,” Jin­dal said.

The Louisi­ana gov­ernor struggled to gain trac­tion dur­ing his cam­paign, sput­ter­ing in the polls and fail­ing to make the main de­bate stage in any of the four Re­pub­lic­an de­bates.

Jin­dal said a “crazy” elec­tion sea­son had made it im­possible for his can­did­acy to break through to voters — one he said didn’t fo­cus on his many of the de­tailed policy po­s­i­tions that he out­lined.

In terms of the national race that 1% he was drawing isn’t going to make much of a difference but in Iowa where he was doing OK that support is likely going to migrate

Two questions now. One: What happens to the undercard debate? Are we really going to have to watch a 90-minute conversation between Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum at the next event? C’mon. Either cancel the undercard or repopulate it by raising the polling threshold to qualify for the main debate. Two: Who will Jindal endorse? Almost by process of elimination, you’ve got to think it’ll be Cruz, right? Carson’s not going to win the nomination so it’s pointless to waste an endorsement on him. Rubio’s got a real chance and could use the backing of a solid conservative like Jindal to bolster his own conservative cred, especially in Iowa, but it’s an open question whether Jindal’s voters would follow his lead. The last time PPP polled Iowa, they found the second choice among Jindal’s supporters (via a teeny tiny sample) to be Carson with 37 percent, Cruz with 22 percent, and Rubio with 12 percent.

There is always a chance that Santorum might pick up some of that Iowa support but the clock is winding down for a move to be made.

Jindal departure moves Ben Carson into my top three being Ted Cruz who I’ve endorsed, Rick Santorum as second and Ben Carson 3rd with the remaining 11 candidates hoping to medal.

The question is who will be out next?  That Jim Gilmore and George Pataki are still officially in the race is still a bit beyond me.

by baldilocks

Colorado also says no. Credit:
Colorado also says no. Credit:

At least half of the governors in the United States have refused to take the Syrian refugees and “refugees” or called for a halt to the resettlement which the federal government, meaning President Obama, is intent upon seeding in cities all around the nation. But, it appears that these governors have no legal leg on which to stand, since it is the US Congress that establishes “an uniform Rule of Naturalization” and, back in 1980, the Democratic Party-majority 96th Congress passed the Refugee Act, which, of course, was signed by Democrat President James E. Carter. (I would say something cutting about Democrats here, but I’m sure that the Act seemed like a good idea at the time. However, it is important to know which party did what.)

And of course, President Obama knew this going in, or at least his advisers did. So, in spite of state executive orders, like the one accomplished yesterday by Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), the die is likely cast.

So what can we expect?

My friend, Everett Powell, says this:

The one thing the Feds can’t do is force the states to provide services and support for Obama’s refugee program – which by all accounts makes it EXTREMELY difficult for them to continue the resettlement.

I suspect what you will see done is vast numbers of people just being dumped at bus stops and train stations in the States resisting for the sake of creating images for a media campaign of people suffering sleeping in the streets. We are entering winter and there will be such a caterwauling out of the White House about cruel uncharitable Christians and GOP barbarians as the world has never seen.

That is certain, but there is something else to expect. If the mean, horrible Red and Reddish states (like Michigan) will not provide services for these people, they will migrate to those which will, like California and other states which are already overloaded with people on various forms of welfare. This will speed up the financial reckoning for these states–and for the country–something which is already in view.baldilocks

And even if there is not one terrorist among the new arrivals, this will bring chaos.

As was planned; as in Europe.

(Thanks to Jeff Bishop)

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By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of Bobby Jindal, but like it or not, he’s still the current governor of Louisiana and he has a job to do.  Some would say that he hasn’t been doing it very well, that he’s spent the last several years campaigning out of state, but that’s another story.

Jindal is drawing some fire on social media in the wake of his letter to Obama regarding Syrian refugees in Louisiana.

The letter can be found here, but the gist of it is this:

Last week, the city of New Orleans began receiving its first wave of Syrian refugees. As with former immigration crises and federal relocation policy, Louisiana has been kept in the dark about those seeking refuge in the state. It is irresponsible and severely disconcerting to place individuals, who may have ties to ISIS, in a state without the state’s knowledge or involvement.

As Governor of Louisiana, I demand information about the Syrian refugees being placed in Louisiana in hopes that the night of horror in Paris is not duplicated here.

The latest figures indicate that as of last month two families have settled in New Orleans.  Updated numbers could not be provided by the government or by Catholic Charities who is assisting the refugees.

Why not?

And this is just the beginning: two families is two families but over the next twelve months, Barack Obama plans to bring in 10,000 refugees into 180 cities.  That number jumps to 100,000 next year.

Governor Jindal is correct to express concern at the vetting process.

However, some on social media don’t see it that way.  On the NOLA Facebook post to their article, the comments were astounding to me.  A sample:

“While hundreds of thousands flee from the area this jack @ is worried about 2 coming into our state.  Can you say pandering…”

“Bobby Jindal should be considered a refugee from Iowa if he ever returns to Louisiana…”

“Funny how no one considers the fact that the people committing these violent acts are the people these refugees are fleeing from.”

“Only in America can you be the child of immigrants and wanna stop other immigrants from coming into the country.”

It goes on and on.

What happened in Paris Friday is devastating and you can be certain it is coming here.  These liberal, bleeding hearts can stick their heads in the sand all they want to but that cannot change the fact that this administration has fundamentally transformed our country in the most dangerous, negative way one possibly could through its very programs, policies, and rhetoric.

Governor Jindal may have his faults, but he is correct in demanding accountability on this program and in attempting to provide cover for his state.

We are at a very, very dangerous point in our country and at least Jindal recognizes that.  Credit where credit is due.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Nothing is sillier than the political season in the South; well, the political season ventures into the absurd almost anywhere, but in the South, it seems, it gets particularly ridiculous.

In the local round of elections on October 24, we had several spots in contention on the BESE Board (the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education) which functions along with local school boards and the state to make those all-important decisions with regard to curriculum, testing, etc. Frankly, with Common Core and the feds now running education, it all seems redundant, but that’s another story.

Making the local rounds this week is this video about billionaires “buying” the BESE elections:

The 2011 elections for the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education saw a massive influx of contributions from people who had not shown any prior interest in Louisiana nor our public education system. The impetus for the outside interest was to secure the pro-Common Core, pro-charter school, pro-high stakes testing regime that secured its foothold after the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. This the story about how elites are working to undo democratic institutions and local communities in order to enable them to monetize public education. This 28 minute and 30 second video, which will air on Louisiana commercial broadcast stations during the month of October (2015) lays out the shock tactics that were used in 2011 to seize control of Louisiana public education policy, the links between the BESE election and the 2012 Jindal ‘reforms’, and the role that John White has played in this process.

It’s worth a watch even if you aren’t from Louisiana because this is quite likely happening in some form all over the country as the Bill Gates/Common Core/PARCC advocates work to take over education systems in every state.

Our State Superintendent of Education is John White, a Teach for America protégé from Washington DC.  He was named by Gov. Bobby Jindal and approved by the BESE board.  At issue in this video is how the BESE election of 2011 was stacked with billionaire out-of-state dollars in favor of Jindal-approved “reform” candidates.  The end result was a BESE board Jindal favored and one that approved John White, and one that approved Common Core.

The video then goes on to explain how Supt. White is lowering the bar with test scores in order to make it appear as if Louisiana has made great gains.

Again, it’s worth a watch and is quite informative for anyone who still thinks Bobby Jindal walks on water.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

OK I’ve had a few hours to sleep on it and here are my debate takeaways.

Winner:  Main Debate Rand Paul:  Despite not having much time in the early rounds won two segments.  Made strong cases for everything he believed and sold his positions well.  Accomplished everything he needed to do, the only question is do people agree with those positions.

Winner: First Debate Lindsey Graham:  Memorable lines , humor and again made the case first for a ground war against isis, the single most important issue for the future of the country and for pressing the Obama administration in the senate.

Graham will get a small bump because he’s polling so low with Paul it’s harder because he’s making cases for things that many in the base disagree with.

Five interesting points.  

My two “winners”  are both people I disagree with.

Not only were there no bad debate performances in either debate but there was an awful lot of substance in them (particularly in debate 1)

The debate was specifically designed to promote confrontation .  It did and the candidates made the most of them.  I’m sure to the ratings delight of CNN

While it was a very long night for the Candidates it was even longer for the moderators who did an excellent job.

There wasn’t a person on either stage (even the ones I disagree with) that didn’t make themselves more credible it was like a convention of British Sea Captains from the Napoleonic Wars


Let’s go through the candidates starting with debate 2 in sort of the order of how they did.

Marco Rubio:  2nd place  Did exactly what he had to do, got noticed, had memorable moments and made excellent cases over an over.  Gave donors a reason to stay.

Carly Fiorina:  Completely justified her promotion to the main debate stage in a situation where he needed to do so.  Strong answers, and played to the MSM expectations and brought up the Planned Parenthood videos which will play very strongly to the base.

Chris Christie:  Reminded every conservative in the country why he was so popular before and used his time wisely.

Mike Huckabee:  Every chance he got she knocked it out of the part and really did a great job on the Kim Davis question noting the accommodations for Islamic Terrorists vs a Christian Clerk.

Jeb Bush:  A slow start but showed energy and reassured the donor class that was worried with a friendly establishment audience.

Donald Trump:  Target #1 of everyone there.  Brought up two excellent points (having to be friends with everyone in business and the threat of North Korea) that had previously been ignored.  Proved he could take a punch which is an important quality in a front runner.

Ted Cruz:  Like Huckabee took good advantage of every chance he had to talk, if he had been given the chance to make his climate change response might have been able to win.

Scott Walker:  May have saved his campaign by coming back strong

Ben Carson:  Gave good answers but criticized for being low key.  But that’s how he is.

John Kasich:  The least memorable performance of the night, yet still a good one, seemed kind of a poor man’s Lindsey Graham.

Debate 1:

Rick Santorum:  A very strong performance, made the best case for a min wage hike (I disagree there) that I’ve heard so far.

Bobby Jindal:  Really strong appeal to the base, very energetic again did the job he needed to do getting noticed.

George Pataki:  Had the single best hit on Hillary in either debate noting that she was a Senator from NY the target of terror attacks and still did what she did.

Short Term:  Tactical results:

Who was helped the most last night?  Carly Fiorina, she realized right away what the pundits were looking for & gave it to them.  Lots of credibility.

Who was hurt the most last night?  Ben Carson, the media has spun this as a defeat even though he is presenting himself the same as he always was.  The media template is to give Carly the push at his expense.

Long Term Strategic results:

Who was helped the most long term?  Donald Trump:  Not only did he dominate time and prove he could take every punch thrown at him but because nobody did bad enough to be eliminated that guarantees the vote will remain divided.  The longer that’s true the bigger advantage he has.

Who was hurt the most last night?  John Kasich:  Not because he did bad, he didn’t but because Jeb Bush did better and he is the establishment Bush fallback position.

A much longer post is coming about:

The flexible 14th amendment Kim Davis  Birthright citizenship

Ironic moment of the night:  Jeb Bush hits Kim Davis for not obeying nonexistent federal law while insisting he would not hit Colorado for ignoring explicit federal drug laws.

Most significant post debate moment:  Frank Luntz group, nobody in the group said Ted Cruz won but every single person in the group was impressed by him.  Continues to play the long game.

Am I the only one who noticed….The post debate interview with Donald Trump where he talks about getting to know his opponents.  I think it was rather revealing & will affect the way he counterpunchers in the future.


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I know you can get the MSM for nothing, but that’s pretty much what they’re good for.

quick thoughts on the GOP debate(s)


Update:  Apparently the whole world agrees that Carly is the big winner:

She also beat Chris Matthews to a pulp

I think the MSNBC audience that heard that is now praying that she doesn’t end up the nominee or anywhere near the GOP ticket.

My advice to each candidate

Pataki:  Talk about 9/11 and Welfare numbers and stick with it.

Jim Gilmore:  You’ve got some solid answers you’ve got to project differently somehow

Rick Perry:  Texas Texas Texas, every answer to every question should be about your record on Texas even foreign policy.  It’s a great record grab it and run with it.

Rick Santorum:  Less record more 25 second summaries of positions

Lindsey Graham:  No more Tip O’Neill stuff Keep making your case for the war.  Remind the people that we’d rather have the enemy fighting the greatest army in the world then our local police

Bobby Jindal:  Keep pushing conservatism as you were, keep pushing religious freedom.

Carly Fiorina:  You know what you did this afternoon?  Keep doing it.  Don’t get distracted.

OK my verdict

1st Place: Carly Fiorina and it wasn’t close at all.
2nd Place: Bobby Jindal Some strong answers and memorable lines
3rd Place: Lindsey Graham A single issue candidate but pushed it really well
4th Place Rick Santorum Good performance but he should have used the line he did with me on Monday
5th Place: Rick Perry body language was horrible until he talked about Texas. Best Record of the group but just not presenting well
6th Place: Jim Gilmore Sounded like a 20th century man on a 21st century stage
7th Place: George Pataki I guess we’ll find out if all the MSM people are correct about the GOP needing to embrace Choice

Gilmore looks & sounds like a man outside of his time

Fair close by Pataki but not enough

Graham closes with both the war and working together.

Fiorina absolutely demolishes Clinton in her speech

Jindal’s Closing speech the best so far really nails Bush

Santorum close was not bad but not memorable

When Rick Perry talks about Texas he simply lights up, if he want to win he has to frame everything in terms of Texas.

The Clinton question Jindal, Santorum & Fiorina answer best.

Graham sticking with the war topic, it’s his strongest point

Pataki: Hard hiring freeze good answer

Jindal, Perry Santorum all knock the executive order question out of the park

Graham’s Planned Parenthood answer is excellent

Jindal: “Planned Parenthood had better hope Hillary Clinton wins this election.”

Pataki gives the Cuomo answer on abortion and invokes his faith, and I just ate.

4th break and the person helping themselves the most on this stage is Fiorina and I don’t think it’s close

Is there a rule that says all social issue questions go to Santorum?

Perry & Fiorina both answer question on Iran, both are correct but Fiorina does much better

Jindal declines to condemn Kasich by name but condemns his medicare expansion.

Graham is repeating the Clinton speak business “Clinton would be third term of a failed presidency”

Hey there are finally two people in the seats!

Fiorina leading after two commercials

Perry talks about the failure to secure border & lack of trust but somehow his body language seems wrong, does anyone else see it?

Santorum: On having to wait to get in “America was worth the wait”

Gilmore: “We’re got to prepare the American people for a long war.”

Fiorina: “China & Russia are using technology to attack us.”

Pataki compares radical Islamic mosques to fire in a theatre

Lindsey Graham we fight them there or here. Says if people are not willing to put boot on ground their not serious about fighting ISIL, he’s getting hit on twitter for saying ISIL instead of ISIS

“I didn’t get a phone call from Bill Clinton,”

First memorable statement from Fiorina

Opening statements: zzzzzzzzzz

The first part of this story about Magnificent Seven Writer and Author Tim Imholt’s arrival and mine at St. Anselm and our denial of press credentials is  here I pick up the story at the top of a rise under a tree overlooking the parking lot & entrance to the press and candidate area of the hall were the event takes place.

By the time I recharged my laptop candidates like Rick Perry & Rick Santorum had arrived. There were a few passers-by including a visiting couple that had inquired about getting in and had been initially told that some spots were reserved for students if some of the ticket holders didn’t make it they might gain admission. I offered to interview them, as the lady worked for the state department she demurred but her husband, a naturalized citizen, was kind enough to give me a few minutes:

I found his interest in a challenger for Hillary fascinating but what I found much more immediately interesting was the revelation that all of the attendees were pre-screened (which I suspect had a lot more to do with their inability to get in). That said more about the event than anything else.

I spent a fair amount of time with a retired local resident who was a former local official who I would consider fairly far left, nevertheless we had a great and friendly conversation and his anecdotes concerning various candidates were quite amusing. (It’s often forgotten that people can strongly disagree on political beliefs but get along famously.

With the colleges wireless internet signal I was able to tweet and write a bit but with a limited battery I had to occasionally head into the building behind me to charge, while charging I was able to monitor the event just as effectively as if I was in the press room since they had no access to the stage (many people don’t realize that at the vast majority of events like this press are in rooms like this and wait until either individuals leave a state or said event ends before approaching to try to get their interviews (or wait in a “spin room” for the candidates or their reps to come). With lightning flashes outside (but not rain) in sight I went back inside and decided my plan would be to watch the stream until the event was over, then go outside to try to grab interviews of either individuals or candidates.

As far as the event itself, it was very substantive except for the stupid $20 bill question.  (Frankly the answer should have been.  “I think american women care less about who is on the twenty than having an economy that makes jobs so they can have more of those $20 in their pocket.”)  The main effect was to display to political junkies (who frankly were the only people watching) that all of the candidates are competent people of actual accomplishments.  Any one of them in a normal year would be a credible candidate.

But with 17 candidates including Donald Trump who changes the normal dynamic it remains to be see what will happen.

The drawbacks were large, it was dark so the video quality might be iffy and as candidates would likely be moving I’d want the microphone connected to the laptop to get audio on the fly and as the mic drew its power from the laptop it would kill my battery faster, so I would have to carry the open laptop, the mic and the monopod with the camera all at once, so the plan was this. I started the record button on Audacity with the mic off and let it run, cradled the laptop with my arm while holding the mic in my right hand turning it on with my thumb while carrying the monopod & camera in my left figuring I’d could hit record with that thumb when ready.

I would produce two products my normal video interviews and an audio (coupled with stills from the video) with the entire set of interviews which you can watch here:

The people coming out that I approached seemed disinterested in talking to me. I briefly considered trying to enter as the event was over but given the tightness of the security decided against it (that decision was validated when after everyone left I was challenged when I tried to get a drink from a bubbler that was near the door within seconds.)

I noticed that the SUV’s were approaching the exits for some candidates but was too slow to get to Gov Perry with all I was carrying but I had better luck with Gov Pataki who came out right as I was near his door.

It was a bit tough keeping the gov centered while keeping the separate mic steady (I could really use an intern but finances can’t justify one), but the interview was good.

A few minutes later I noticed Gov Scott Walker in another part of the area doing what appeared to be an interview. I moved over and requested 2-3 minutes but he declined. So I headed back toward the parking lot just as Governor Jindal was leaving and managed to get 40 second walking interview 25 second of it on video.

by now most of the lot was empty but I saw Rick Santorum coming and the Senator recognizing me was kind enough to stop for a full interview which contained the line of the night concerning Iraq:

And in this interview he gave, in my opinion the line of the night (emphasis mine)
“Here’s what I would say is that everybody who votes against this resolution and votes for the Iran deal, everybody who votes for the Iran deal owns everything Iran gonna do from this point forward. If you feel comfortable that this deal will do what the President says, you go and vote for it, but if you don’t if you know and I can’t imagine anyone whose watched Iran for any length of time knows Iran’s not going to keep this deal they’re going to pursue a nuclear weapon and they’ll probably be a nuclear power within in a very short period of time under this deal.  You’re going to own that and you’re going to take responsibility for everything that happens.

You can see the flashes lighting up the sky behind the senator and as I couldn’t cover the 3rd exit that I presume the candidates I didn’t see left from I figured it was time to get myself as I’d been there since 1 PM before those thunderstorms became rain.


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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.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – Governor Bobby Jindal threw his hat into the presidential ring last week and, to be sure, it was almost an anti-climactic move.  Here in Louisiana especially, we have seen this move coming for years.  Certainly his announcement met with an underwhelming response around the state.


Gov. Bobby Jindal made official on Wednesday (June 24) what we’ve known for years: He believes – all evidence to the contrary – that he is supremely qualified to be president.

Like a dog that hears a faint sound his owners cannot, Jindal’s ears must detect the quiet voice of God urging him to run. After all, he told us he was earnestly praying about the decision. Thus, one must conclude that after assessing his infinitesimal chances (he’s at 1 percent in the national polls and is likely the nation’s least popular governor), Jindal has faith that his flagging campaign is poised for a miracle.

Ouch.  And that was the kind part of the article.

For the most part, it doesn’t seem anyone is holding high expectations for Jindal’s performance in this race.

Personally, I think he’s probably better suited for a cabinet position, especially one that oversees health care reform, which is a field in which he has shown some expertise.  There’s no doubt he has something to contribute to a Republican administration.

Jindal certainly can hold his own in any intellectual conversation and his addition to the field will make the early debates interesting.  He thinks fast on his feet and responds lightning-quick when challenged; this is, in part, what contributed to his terrible Republican response speech a few years ago.  His handlers had coached him to talk slower so people could understand him.  As a result he sounded ridiculous and was skewered on Saturday Night Live and the late night talk shows.

Jindal will get some support from a few talking heads nationwide, those who have no real idea of his debacles here at home.  The NOLA article referenced above outlines those fairly succinctly so I won’t be redundant, but let’s just say he’s not all that he projects himself to be.  There are enough chinks in the armor that there will be plenty of ammo for any candidate willing to target Jindal’s policies here at home on things like higher education, Common Core, and balancing the budget – all vulnerable topics for Jindal.

At any rate, we saw it coming.

He’s in.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.