The first movie that caused me to cry was Lassie Come Home, the story of a poor British family selling the beloved dog of a small boy. Lassie, however, escaped the new home and endured an array of hardships in long journey to return to her master. The second film causing me to shed tears was the recently released Dumb and Dumber 2. I broke into uncontrollable sobs after learning the movie was not about Bobby Jindal’s second term as Louisiana’s Governor.
Now, like the broken-heart little boy praying for Lassie to come home, Louisiana legislators are crying, “Bobby, come home.” While Governor Smarty Pants is accumulating frequent flyer miles by criss-crossing the country in his campaign to get his face on TV and his name in publications, Louisiana staggers from one budget crisis to another. And eventually, like Lassie, Bobby will return home bruised and battered from the beatings he has sustained at the hands of the national news media, which has recently uncovered what every Louisianan knows — his incompetence as Governor.
I’m feeling a bit guilty about relying on Jindal for material for this blog. But like the slogans for everything from magazine subscriptions to male enhancement pills he is the blogger’s gift that keeps on giving. One of Jon Stewart’s funniest recent bits on the Daily Show occurred when Donald Trump disclosed that he may run for President. Heavenly music played and Stewart swooned over the prospect of having so much comedy material. The same thing can be said for Jindal.
A few years ago, I believed he was flying around under the influence of a off-hand comment by pill-popping Rush Limbaugh. He speculated that the Louisiana-born whiz kid and boy-exorcist at Brown University might make a good presidential candidate. Ever since, Jindal has stalked TV cameras to the point that photographers having to run and hide to keep him out of frame. In 2010 following the BP oil spill, he took daily strolls along Louisiana’s coastline search for cameras. This seemed particularly poor judgment since the Louisiana legislature was then in session and trying to resolve another disaster — the state’s impending fiscal crisis.
As state’s woes intensified last year, Jindal spent 165 days out of the state, frequently giving embarrassing and/or ignorant comments on a variety of issues — not only in this country, but in Europe where he was sharply criticized for claiming that Birmingham, England and other European cities were “no go” zones for non-Muslims because of Sharia law. He based his remarks on claims by my former CNN colleague, Steven Emerson, who has made a career out of irresponsible reporting.
For awhile, I believed Jindal’s travels were for the purpose of finding a job after his second term as Louisiana Governor ended 2016. Surely, he didn’t believe he could be elected President. After all, the guy is a Rhodes Scholar and obviously possesses some smarts. But maybe if he scored enough points among conservative Republicans and Tea Partiers to deliver votes to the GOP’s candidate, he could count on a cabinet position after getting the hell out of Louisiana for good. But given the posturing of Jeb Bush and other moderate Republicans seeking the nomination, my guess is that Jindal has become too toxic for them to include him in their inner-circles. They realize that loose canon Bobby could severely damage all the leading contenders as well as the entire GOP party.
Then there would be a Dumb and Dumber 3 starring our Governor and former New York Governor Rudy Giuliani.
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