A lot of GOP-watchers think Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has presidential potential. Raised by Indian immigrant parents in a middle class suburb of Baton Rouge, he is an unabashed religious conservative who likes to publicly prod President Obama. After the recent SCOTUS decision on Hobby Lobby, Governor Jindal tweeted: @BarackObama is now googling “Can an Executive Order override Supreme Court?” It was a tweet which, no doubt, caused his Federalist Society friend, Justice Antonin Scalia, to chuckle in his chambers.
Preparing for the national stage, Jindal is surrounding himself with campaign advisors from Rick Perry’s 2012 run (although Jindal campaigned for Romney and Ryan), and getting some free airtime on the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty, which is filmed in Louisiana. Is Jindal talking to his voter base in the Duck Dynasty demographic? Even after the Duck patriarch Phil Robertson made comments considered racist and homophobic in a magazine interview, Jindal appeared on the show and presented the family with the Governor’s Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, which has never been given out before.