The Republican Governor of Louisiana was heralded as the new face of the party practically since he was first elected in 2007. He flirted with running for president in 2012, and is making all the moves for 2016.Officially all we'll ever have is a string of quotes about "having the job I want" but Jindal's whole career history was about jumping ships before they hit the rocks he steered them toward.
All the moves, that is, except managing his state properly—at least according to Bayou voters. Jindal has a 35/53 approval/disapproval number, putting him 18 points under water, a figure only better than Illinois’ Pat Quinn and Rhode Island’s Lincoln Chafee, who are not seeking re-election.
It may seem reasonable that 2016 should have been the prize he was after the whole time. But I think the plan was to jump off on the McCain ticket and spend the next four to eight years campaigning as a celebrity pundit with no real responsibilities.
But McCain tagged Palin for that role instead. Maybe Jindal would have been as terrible at it as she was. But he's even worse at trying to look like a credible executive now that everyone hates the terrible job he's done at that.