Jindal’s First Victory: The Duck Dynasty Primary

Many of us have been watching Bobby Jindal flounder around for many months, failing to obtain any national political traction even as his standing in Louisiana gets worse and worse. He’s a hard man with whom to find empathy, to be sure. But the extent to which his tongue has been lolling out for movement conservative street cred has been inspiring in a comical kind of way.

So Bobby finally got some good news (per Politico‘s Kendall Breitman):

Bobby Jindal has his first campaign endorsement, and he hasn’t even entered the presidential race.

Willie Robertson, a star of the A&E show “Duck Dynasty,” appeared on Fox News Radio’s “Kilmeade and Friends” Monday when he was asked after he and Jindal were seen together in Iowa, “is that your man?”

“It is, if he chooses to run, he hasn’t decided yet. But if he does,” Robertson said, calling the Republican Louisiana governor a “great man” and a “godly man.”

Robertson and his family live in West Monroe, Louisiana, and first met Jindal before they found fame and he found his home at the governor’s mansion, when he was running for governor and was invited to church by the Robertsons.

“He just preached…he wasn’t really political, he just talked about his own relationship with the lord, it was very impressive to us then,” Robertson said.

Now “snot-nosed progressive” that I am, I’m a little vague on the internal dynamics of Duck Dynasty, and don’t know for certain sure if Willie’s endorsement implies approval from patriarch Phil.

If so, it has to be a bitter disappointment to Mike Huckabee, whose campaign book, God, Guns, Grits and Gravy, features many tributes to the greater glory of the Robertsons.

Meanwhile Jindal is well on his way to 2% in national polls of Republican candidates.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.