Jindal’s Surprising Message on the Oregon College Shootings

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

While most people are talking about gun control in the wake of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Oregon last week, Bobby Jindal is connecting the massacre to a culture “fill[ed] with garbage.” This op-ed from him in RedState will certainly get you thinking:

I’m going to start today by venting, and I will warn you in advance that this is going to be a sermon, but someone needs to speak the truth for a change:

Another week, another mass shooting, another press conference by the President lecturing us on the need for gun control, and now Hillary and Obama are in a race to see which of them can be the most extreme in trying to destroy the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Rinse and repeat.

But there is something missing from this discussion, and it’s a glaring omission that everyone knows deep down, but politicians are afraid to talk about.

I’m going to go ahead and talk about it, and I don’t care at all if some people don’t like it, the truth is important.

What is the root cause of all these evil acts? These people who go into classrooms and churches and murder innocent people? How did we get to this place?

These shootings are a symptom of deep and serious cultural decay in our society.

Let that sink in for a minute.

These acts of evil are a direct result of cultural rot, and it is cultural rot that we have brought upon ourselves, and then we act like we are confounded and perplexed by what is happening here.

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New Iowa Poll: Don’t Count Jindal Out Yet!

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s campaign is finally showing signs of life as a new poll shows him moving up in Iowa.  Jindal’s showing at 6 percent may not sound like much, but it has him tied for fifth with Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, ahead of Mike Huckabee and just one point behind Jeb Bush.  Also, when you consider that the same poll had him languishing at 1 percent in July, one can mark a slow but steady upward trend in Jindal’s support:

Jindal’s bump in the poll isn’t just because he was in the state often. He was also on the offensive. Jindal clearly doesn’t like or respect the GOP frontrunner, Donald Trump, but he also critiqued Scott Walker before Walker got out of the race. Jindal has also been a vocal critic of Republican leaders in Washington. Still, perhaps the most meaningful thing Jindal has done in Iowa that shouldn’t go over-looked is Jindal’s willingness to reach out to Governor Terry Branstad and offer to help him take the necessary steps to defund Planned Parenthood in Iowa.

Jindal’s offensive has also extended to voter outreach: He has a largely unpublicized army of over 600 volunteers in the state, and his PACs have spent staggering amounts on advertising and organizing a 99 county tour.  Jindal may not be the top candidate in Iowa right now, but his boots on the ground tactic could make him a real force for 2016.

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Don’t Count Bobby Jindal Out

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Last week a story by Katie Glueck of POLITICO ran a piece declaring that a quarter of GOP “insiders” in Iowa said that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is the next candidate to quit. Several articles were later written echoing that “news.”

If you were to go through the list of “insiders” listed by Glueck, for most of the Republicans on the list you can find a connection to a campaign or a branch of the party not inclined to support a candidate like Jindal.

I’m not ready to declare his candidacy dead, and, unlike many of the insiders listed in Glueck’s article, I’ve attended many of his town halls and campaign events and have spoken to the candidate as well as his staff on numerous occasions.

That story was also news to Jindal, who told me last Friday he plans to stay in the race beyond the Iowa Caucus. He said his campaign has incurred no debt, they are lean, and he believes they are getting some traction in the First in the Nation Caucus state.

The Independent Journal points out Jindal’s “lean and mean” campaign in Iowa. They have a paid staff of five individuals in Iowa — essentially, this is his “national” staff who are practically living here.

The campaign claims 662 volunteers in Iowa. It’s something they haven’t promoted.

I wrote at The Pulse 2016 last week:

Why did Huckabee win in 2008? He had the organization that Romney didn’t.

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To Win Iowa, It Takes Presence and Organization

Iowa saw numerous front-runners leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus. Michelle Bachmann was the front-runner in June and July, but on Caucus night she finished second to last with 5 percent. Rick Perry led the pack throughout August. He finished fifth. Herman Cain started to take off in the fall and led most polls in Iowa in September and October. He didn’t even make it to caucus night.

Then Newt Gingrich soared to the lead with strong debate performances and led polling in in November into early December even holding a double digit lead according to some polls. He finished fourth. Ron Paul led a string of December polls. He finished third on caucus night, but kudos to his campaign: they won the delegates at Iowa State Convention with a caucus to convention strategy.

Mitt Romney led five of the last six polls leading up to caucus and finished second. Rick Santorum, who never polled higher than third place and didn’t even break into double digits until mid-December, won the Iowa Caucus.

My point? You can own polling in Iowa and still see your campaign tank if you don’t have the organization to back it up.

Santorum peaked late, but he also built an organization of grassroots activists who would get out to vote, and not only that would bring their friends and families out as well.

Leading up to the 2008 Iowa Caucus, while we didn’t see musical front-runners, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was consistently behind in the polls. Continue Reading

Santorum and Jindal Defend Kim Davis

Booking photo of Rowan County clerk Kim Davis

In the 6 p.m. debate, Rick Santorum and Bobby Jindal jumped to defend Kim Davis. George Pataki and Lindsey Graham? Not so much:

JAKE TAPPER: Before we took the break, you were all chomping at the bit to talk about Kim Davis, that Kentucky clerk. Governor Pataki said he would have fired Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Senator Santorum, do you agree with Governor Pataki?

RICK SANTORUM: 16 years ago, this country was tremendously inspired by a young woman who faced a gunman in Columbine and was challenged about her faith and she refused to deny God. We saw her as a hero. Today, someone who refuses to defy (sic) a judge’s unconstitutional verdict is ridiculed and criticized, chastised because she’s standing up and denying — not denying her God and her faith. That is a huge difference in 16 years. People have a fundamental right in the First Amendment. There’s no more important right. It is the right that is the trunk that all other rights come from, and that’s the freedom of conscience. And when we say in America that we have no room — how many bakers, how many florists, how many pastors, how many clerks are we going to throw in jail because they stand up and say, “I cannot violate what my faith says is against its teachings”? Is there not room in America? I believe there has to be room.

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Who’s Hot: Ben Carson, the Leading Un-Trump

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The latest CNN national survey puts Donald Trump in the lead among Republicans with 32 percent; Carson second with 19 percent.  But Carson has gained more since the August CNN poll: 10 percent to Trump’s 8 percent.  No other candidate was up significantly, and Rubio, Bush, Walker, Kasich, and Paul have lost ground.  Team Governor (the sum of support for all of the governors in the race) is down to one-quarter support, while Team Outsider is up over half.  Trump and Carson are also the leading second choice candidates, which is interesting; it means they both have more upside potential.

So Carson and Trump are pulling away from the pack, and Carson is emerging as the Un-Trump, or at least as Trump-Very-Lite.  Carson is the clear second choice of Iowa Republicans and within spitting distance of Trump there; in New Hampshire, he shares second place with John Kasich.

Watching Donald Trump’s campaign is like watching a drunk walking a tightrope without a net.  There is a certain morbid fascination waiting for the inevitable misstep.  So far, Trump has recovered from each swoon.  But the question of who will emerge as the alternative to Trump if the fall comes is a key variable in this race, and right now that person is Ben Carson.

Unclear is what Ben Carson represents as a candidate.  The first word that comes to mind to describe him is “meek.”  He holds the microphone with both hands close to his mouth and speaks in a very subdued voice.  Continue Reading

Bobby Jindal’s Scathing Words for Donald Trump

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Bobby Jindal attacked Donald Trump harder than any candidate has attacked him thus far, this week on the Hugh Hewitt Show and at the National Press Club.

One of many standout quotes: “When asked, he couldn’t even name a specific or a single Bible verse that was important to him, that had an impact on him. Well, do you know why? It’s clear Donald Trump has never read the Bible. The reason we know he’s never read the Bible? He’s not in the Bible.”

Wow.

On the Hugh Hewitt Show, he said Trump is a “narcissist” and a “carnival act”.

Ouch.

Read Jindal’s full answer below, via HughHewitt.com:

HUGH HEWITT: Welcome back, Governor Jindal. You are quite in the news today for throwing hammers at Donald Trump. Did you expect the blowback that’s coming?

BOBBY JINDAL: Hugh, it is great to be on the air with you. Absolutely. Look, I just said what everybody’s been thinking, but has been too afraid to say. Somebody had to say it. And for those that missed the speech at the National Press Club, I basically said I like the idea of Donald Trump. I like the idea of a D.C. outsider. I like the idea of somebody who doesn’t care about political correctness, says things folks are afraid to say. I like his use of Reagan’s theme of making America great again. His diagnosis of the professional political class in D.C. as incompetent and full of nonsense is exactly right.

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Jindal: If We Can’t Do This, What’s the Point of the Republican Party?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

On the Hugh Hewitt Show on Wednesday, Bobby Jindal got straight to the point on the upcoming Planned Parenthood funding fight.

You can read Jindal’s response below, courtesy of HughHewitt.com:

At least Pelosi, Reid and Obama are fighting for their socialist beliefs. They’re fighting for what they believe in. They did everything they could to cram Obamacare down our throats. I don’t want our side to break the Constitution and break the law, but I want our side to fight, Hugh, and I think there’s a lot of frustration that our guys give up before it starts. Now they don’t — Mitch McConnell recently said we can’t even defund Planned Parenthood. After those barbaric videos, if we can’t get that done, what is the point of the Republican Party? We defunded them in Louisiana. Obama is suing us. They’re joining the lawsuit with Planned Parenthood. We’re going to keep fighting. We’re not going to let them intimidate us. That’s the kind of backbone we’re looking for in D.C.

Great question, Governor…

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Jindal Goes After Trump on Kentucky Clerk Saga

After Donald Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that same-sex marriage is now the law of the land, Bobby Jindal went on the offensive on Twitter:

The second tweet is a reference to Trump’s complicated relationship with his faith. I think this is the hardest any GOP candidate has gone after Trump to date.

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These GOP Candidates Stood Tall for Kim Davis

The controversy surrounding Rowan County, Ky., clerk Kim Davis for her religious objections to same-sex marriage was the big story on the campaign trail Thursday, especially after news broke early in the day that she was thrown in jail.

While some candidates tried to dodge the issue, here are the candidates who decided to stand with Davis:

Mike Huckabee

Early in the morning, Mike Huckabee appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe and gave an extremely well thought out, constitutionally-based response to the whole saga. After news broke that Davis had been thrown in jail, Huckabee took to Twitter  announcing the “criminalization of Christianity” and calling out the hypocrisy of the Left on this story as it relates to illegal immigration and Hillary Clinton:

 

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