Maybe Jindal Should Literally Move to Iowa

When I said earlier that Bobby Jindal had zero chance to become the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, I had yet seen the new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of Iowa that showed Bobby moving up to a booming 6% of the vote, double what he drew in a poll of his home state of Louisiana last week, after which the pollster referred to Jindal as “political dead weight” among the Republicans who know him best.

The Iowa Republican‘s Craig Robinson suggested the jury’s still out on Jindal among the Iowa hyper-conservatives he’s been appealing to:

While Jindal has spent most of the year barely registering in the polls, many Iowa conservatives have been impressed with him and are surprised that the effort he and his super PAC have made in Iowa, which includes television advertising, hasn’t been reflected in the polls. Still, while the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows Jindal with some momentum in Iowa, the poll’s +/- 4.7 margin of error means that anyone polling in single digits is really a giant question mark.

Even if his Iowa “boom” is a bit dubious, it could be enough to encourage Bobby to resign his governorship and literally move to Iowa until the caucuses. It’s pretty clear he will not be missed in Louisiana.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.