So Bobby Jindal suspended his presidential campaign today. In case you don’t know who Bobby Jindal is (which is likely one of the reasons he suspended his presidential campaign), he is the sitting two-term governor of Louisiana. He was the first Indian-American governor in the United States. He was a member of the House of Representatives before running for Governor in 2007. He was re-elected in 2011 in a large victory.
Since his election as Governor, Jindal was widely considered part of a younger generation of GOP governors in the pipeline that would be able to run for President. In his first real national exposure moment, Jindal gave a response to one of President Obama’s early speeches to a joint session of Congress. As is the problem with many “opposition response” speeches (see: Rubio, Marco), the audience goes from the soaring backdrop of a filled joint session of congress to one man talking to a camera. Jindal’s speech was lackluster and some enthusiasm for his political career faded.
Jindal, along with Chris Christie and Jeb Bush, the critics and historians will reflect, had the better opportunity of advancing in the primaries in 2012 rather than in 2016. Jindal’s brand of social conservatism had a wider audience during the height of the Tea Party movement. Now, in the lead up to 2016, that momentum has been absorbed by the likes of large personalities like Donald Trump.
Jindal’s future is likely as a Republican President’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Jindal previously served as an adviser to Tommy Thompson who was the Secretary of the Department under George W. Bush.