Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana issued a wake-up call to Republican bosses who think they can override the will of voters and pick an insider candidate at the party’s Cleveland convention. As Governor, Jindal has grown close to Louisiana poster-boy Willie Robertson of Duck Dynsasty, a Trump supporter. The common sense Robertson approach may have rubbed off on Jindal. Speaking on MSNBC Jindal said,
“I think this idea of ignoring the will of the party — the party leaders go behind closed doors and come up with a new — it makes for a great fiction novel, but it’s exactly what’s wrong with the GOP establishment. It ignores what voters are telling them,” Jindal said. “If this wasn’t Donald Trump, if this were any other candidate, we wouldn’t be talking about this.”
Insider anxiety has reached a fever pitch as Trump coasted to 4 victories on March 15th and while also denying Governor John Kasich a majority in his home state. Some pundits have been throwing around talk of running a third party candidate with the sole goal of denying Trump a victory over Hillary Clinton – in effect handing Hillary the Oval Office. Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich had harsh words for the people floating these schemes which we covered here.
Let’s remember that Jindal himself was a candidate for President this cycle before ending his campaign and endorsing Marco Rubio. Governor Jindal is a successful 2-term governor with impeccable social conservative credentials. And while he continues to contend that Mr. Trump is no conservative, he is a realist and believes that voters must be respected. He explained,
“You hear too many party leaders wanting to dismiss voters. This talk of a contested convention, a third-party candidate, of drafting somebody anew. That’s ridiculous. When huge chunks of your party’s base are telling you something, you’ve got to listen to them.”
Jindal has not endorsed anyone since Marco Rubio ended his campaign. And while he has made it clear that he hopes Trump is not the nominee, he also said definitively, “I’m going to support the Republican nominee.” He underscored his point saying that Mr. Trump would be preferable to Hillary Clinton. In the midst of a heated primary season his position is completely respectable, particularly his profound respect for voters and the process. Republican leaders would be wise to follow Governor Jindal’s example – support the candidate you prefer and once the people have spoken unite to defeat the corrupt Hillary Clinton.