NOTE: Game of Thrones spoilers ahead.
Surprising absolutely no one, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced today on social media his intent to run for the Republican presidential nomination. Did anyone actually think Jindal, after years furthering his own White House ambitions with hundreds of campaign trips designed to grow his national brand, refusing anything that resembled a tax even if it plunged his state into a billion-dollar deficit and making controversial speeches about gays and Muslims, would inform the media and the electorate he had decided NOT to run?
Bobby Jindal is Stannis Baratheon, or at least finds himself in a similar predicament as the would-be king found himself on Season 5 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. Jindal faces extremely long odds of achieving his White House goal but at this point is in too deep to retreat. He’s spent years telling anyone who would listen he possesses the gravitas to run the nation. He must ride forward even if it means his campaign will be routed and serve as a future cautionary tale. C’est la vie.
Louisiana’s budget, higher education and healthcare are all bonafide dumpster fires and the Republican field features stronger candidates who will appeal to his evangelical base. Jindal will not sniff his party’s nomination this go-round. He should have run in 2012 instead of 2016, fivethirtyeight.com explained. Americans across political parties know he is a hot-air balloon, if they know him at all. His home state views him as a charlatan. He has better hair than fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump. Pity for Bobby, that is not enough to earn the Oval Office in 2016.
Winter for Jindal’s presidential campaign is coming. Not even blood magic can save him now.
PS:Here’s a list of reasons I wrote on why Bobby Jindal is not presidential material.