Until this week, Bobby Jindal’s Presidential campaign looked quite promising. As a bright, young Republican governor with a non-European background, Jindal looked like the kind of man Republicans needed to counter Barack Obama. Jindal was even flying about the country fundraising and scoring political favors with local politicians.
Then there was the disastrous speech in response to President Obama’s joint session of Congress speech. Jindal did not look Presidential during his address. He did not even look gubernatorial.
Adding to the poor reception that his speech received from Democrats and Republicans is a little fib he tried to present about Katrina.
Jindal spoke as if he and Harry Lee, a local sheriff, overrode a bureaucrat’s order forbidding volunteer boats from aiding stranded Katrina victims. After the speech, several sources threw doubt on Jindal’s story. Now, according to a Jindal spokesman, we find that Jindal was not with Lee when the encounter with the bureaucrat occurred.
This might be easily dismissed except that Jindal gave the impression that his presence helped the sheriff override the bureaucrat’s order.
Jindal now needs to go back to step one and act like a governor. He may still emerge as a leading Presidential candidate, except he won’t have the fruits from the stimulus package he discarded to prop up the sagging Louisiana economy he now needs to attend to.