Bobby Jindal Endorses Marco Rubio [VIDEO]

TIME reports:

Former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal became the latest Republican leader to endorse the presidential campaign of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, following Rubio’s better than expected finish in Iowa. “Marco can unify our party,” Jindal said on Fox News Friday. “I think he’s a principled conservative. I think he’s the right guy.”

Jindal, who left office in January, was one of the most conservative governors in the country and rising star of the GOP in his own right, before a disastrous response to President Barack Obama’s first address to Congress in 2009 sent him reeling. A former Rhodes Scholar, his presidential effort — which ended in November — was notable for its flailing between news stories of the day, rather than any sustained message.

Suh-nap!

  • Mark

    Would somebody please turn on the light so these cockroaches will get off the stage…..

  • olandp

    Was he actually a Presidential candidate or a Presidential hopeful?

    • Reality.Bites

      In his case more like a Presidential wishful.

  • justmeeeee

    Cool, cool. So when Trump gets the nomination he won’t owe anything to any of those blowhards. They’ll slink away and we’ll have a Democratic president again.

  • PeterC

    If Jindal endorses Rubio, then we know for sure that he is also not a desirable person for the job.

  • ceeenbee

    Just one white guy tossin’ his hat in for another white guy.

    Oh . . . Wait a minute . . . 😳

    • David Walker

      This is the diversity Macro so desperately seeks.

    • GanymedeRenard

      With all due respect, I don’t see how these cretins’ races play a part in this.

      • TampaDink

        Considering their party affiliation, I kinda get it.

        • GanymedeRenard

          I’m afraid I don’t. This story is about a douche endorsing another douche, nothing more, nothing less. I must insist: their races are irrelevant. To say it with a (possibly inaccurate) analogy, it’d be like Fiorina endorsing another female candidate in her own party (if she existed) and then us writing a sarcastic comment along the lines of “a man endorsing another man”.

          The only people that appear to care about some of the GOP candidates’ race seem to be on our side, ironically. Notice I’m saying race, not nationality or citizenship.

          Aside from that, whether or not Rubio or Cruz are white (whatever that means) is a matter of debate. Just because a person may have a cultural background rooted in a Spanish-speaking country doesn’t mean that that person is automatically a “non-white”. Many people don’t seem to get this fact, even on our comment boards. Not necessarily saying this is the case here, but I think you can see my point.

          • TampaDink

            I see your point. Well taken. I hope that you’ll forgive my racist take on things. Perhaps it would be more fair to indicate that this endorsement might be about the shared experience of being anchor babies?

          • GanymedeRenard

            In that I agree. So was tRump.

          • TampaDink

            I’d rather walk on my lips than defend tRump but at least one of his parents was a U.S. citizen at the time of his birth.
            Piyush & Marco….not so much.

          • GanymedeRenard

            But, by tRump’s own standards, what is it that qualifies a person as an “anchor baby”? In my understanding, the mere fact that one of the baby’s parents is an immigrant who stays in the country by virtue of having a child born in the US does. In that regard, both tRump and the majority of his children would be “anchor babies”. Per Marco, as a child of Cubans, his status is different — Cubans are treated differently the minute they reach the US shores. No need for them to have “anchor babies” in order to become citizens.

          • TampaDink

            Not trying to tie this issue back to race but I can’t help but wonder if tRump & his fan base might offer a free pass to a child, either of who’s parents come from a European nation. Speaking of those anchor babies, we should remember that John Ellis Bush Bush & his Mexican born wife Columba also have 3 anchor babies. But only two of them have had serious run-ins with the law (Noelle more so than Jebby Jr.). I think the legal issues may be the reason that only #1 son George P. has been out stumping for daddy. He also has the benefit of already having entered into the family business of politics. I suspect the reason that we see very little of Mrs. Jeb! is due to her inability to address crowds in English.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I don’t think I’m understanding the first part of your post (“Not trying to tie this issue back to race but I can’t help but wonder if tRump & his fan base might offer a free pass to a child, either of who’s parents come from a European nation”). Do you mean, at least one of the parents has to come from a European nation? Well, maybe not in the eyes of the Trump’s fan base, but the fans of both Cruz and Rubio (and combined they outnumber Trump’s) may think otherwise, considering how high they’re polling. I’m not sure how or why the Jeb!-Columba’s offspring would play a role in this, though. And, not discarding Mrs. Columba Bush’s lack of command of the English language (a trait she shares with Sarah Palin) as a reason for her inability to address crowds, this may just be attributed to a lack of interest in politics — in the vain of Frank Fiorina, Jeanette Rubio or Melania Trump.

          • TampaDink

            I should have been clearer, in that I SUSPECT that t.Rump & his fans don’t think of people from predominantly Caucasian countries (like Scotland) are “dirty immigrants”.
            I’m meaner towards Jeb! & his family because of some of the negative things he did as our governor….and recalling things that his wife said about my (adopted) hometown, Tallahassee. But t.Rump definitely doesn’t consider non-Muslim immigrants from places like Scotland and more recently Slovenia & Czechoslovakia as immigrants who are unworthy.

            I have no doubt that Mrs. Jeb! is quite capable of stumping for him in Hispanic communities….as long as they are ritzy enough to suit her.

          • GanymedeRenard

            One of the problems in the US (but not exclusive to the US) is the conflating of different categories of people. The term ‘Muslim’ does not refer to a race or an ethnicity, but to a religion (Muslims come in every color that one can imagine). The term ‘Caucasian’ refers to the people from the Caucasus, i.e., an Eurasian region whose inhabitants have much more in common with the Middle East than with the Nordic countries, physically speaking.

            Again, tRump and his fans may think of a certain kind of immigrants as “dirty”, but that’s their ugly view and theirs only. Cruz’s and Rubio’s fans seem to think otherwise, even if they’re from the same despicable party. Maybe because they consider them white? By all means, may this argument NOT be interpreted in any way, shape or form as an endorsement to these religionist dickheads.

            I must, however, point out that both Rubio’s and Cruz’s Cuban heritage (Jindal is out of the race) is insistingly being used against them from our side, not even from the racist GOP establishment!

          • TampaDink

            I wouldn’t consider internet insults & snark in comment sections like this one as being used against any of the candidates. I honestly believe that there is a strong racial bias in this country & when it comes to politics it does seem to be stronger in the GOP/tea parties. This is why I have never believed that they will nominate anyone who is “brown” or “brown adjacent” (like Jebya!). Maybe I’m wrong….time will tell.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Beliefs. I believe there’s a thin line between racism and sarcasm. That there’s a racial bias is a matter of degree, not of a party, as you seem to be acknowledging (and I present my apologies if I’m misconstruing here.)
            This is why I now ask, what does it mean to be “brown” in the USA? Can you speak for both the Republican and the Democrat parties?

          • TampaDink

            First & foremost, I tend to rely on sarcasm.
            What does it mean to be “brown” in the USA?
            More blatant discrimination.
            More susceptible to racial profiling.
            More likely to receive harsher sentencing.
            I’m sure that there are plenty of additional reasons.
            I’d list them for you but I am feeling too sarcastic.
            I’m sure that you can understand my sarcasm, considering that I apparently now speak for both the Republicans & the Democrats….and if I should comment on the collapse of a crane, I am speaking on behalf of all collapsed machinery throughout the universe.

          • GanymedeRenard

            My post was evidently poorly worded, judging from the answer I got. What I meant to ask was what is the definition of “brown people” as understood in this country, not the kind of treatment “brown” people face here. I’m perfectly aware of the latter. In other words, how do you define “brown”? What qualifies a person to be considered “brown” in the USA?

            I understand your sarcasm, but I asked a legitimate and serious question (“can you speak for both the Republican and the Democratic parties?”). The reason I asked is because you had said that you “honestly believe that there is a strong racial bias in this country & when it comes to politics it does seem to be stronger in the GOP/tea parties”. Yet the answer I received was more sarcasm: that you spoke on behalf of all collapsed machinery throughout the universe.

            Boy, I’m more and more convinced that humans understanding each other through language is only a fiction (thanks, Heidegger!).

          • TampaDink

            You seem to be asking me questions where you want to know the meaning of things that I’ve written but based on your replies, no matter what my reply, you seem to presumed that I am offering any specific details rather than my own perspective. Since my perspective doesn’t seem to meet with your approval, let’s just leave this alone.
            Thanks.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I don’t want to “approve” of anything, TD, as it seems to be your perception of what I’ve been saying; and you most certainly don’t need my “approval” for anything. The fiction of understanding each other here is more and more becoming self-evident. So, I concur: let’s just leave this alone. Thanks and peace.

    • ceeenbee

      Their races play an important role in their pitiful attempts to be president because of their pathetic attempts at abandoning their own races in a play for who can be the most anti-immigrant, and hence the most white, in a party that will accept nothing less.

      Just look at pyush’ official portrait as governor to see what I mean.

      • GanymedeRenard

        I’m not sure if you’re replying to my post, but I think it’d be useful to address this topic from a different perspective.

        You seem to be conflating anti-immigration with racism — even thought they converge at some point, they are two different phenomena. Being anti-immigration doesn’t necessarily mean being racist. For example, many people are anti-immigration full stop — regardless of the “race” of the immigrants. The opposite is also true: people can be racists yet pro-immigration, as long as the immigrants are people of your own “race” or ethnicity.

        If an individual from an ethnic minority has strong anti-immigration feelings, it doesn’t necessarily make said individual a traitor to his/her own “race” — it makes him/her an asshole who lacks a modicum of empathy and solidarity towards those in need of a better life.

        In the specific case of Jindal, yes, it’s quite evident that he wishes to be perceived as “white” (whatever that means) as possible. But let’s remember that the notion of “whiteness”, at least in the USA, is associated with Caucasians, which is interesting insofar as some ethnographers consider people from the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent to be a part of the Caucasian “race”.

        In Rubio’s case, it’s not apparent that he wishes to “whiten” himself up or “pass” for a white man. But in his particular instance, we’re not talking about a different “race” – being Cuban isn’t such, and being Hispanic or Latino makes you a part of a culture, not a “race” per se. In other words, you can be white and Latino, two categories that aren’t mutually exclusive.

        • ceeenbee

          I understand your point. You miss mine.

          jindal and rubio realize that in order to succeed in the republican party, you need to either be white or pander to the white, racists in the party. You can not deny that both of these fools have done that. In the process, they have both thrown their races AND ethnicity under a bus. One is not better than the other.

          The fact they have been shameless in their endeavors to pander to white, racists in the party to advance their own pitiful runs makes there own races and ethnicities fair game.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I’m not sure we’re talking about the same thing here. It’s quite clear that these two are two greedy, power-thirsty POS. I’m not denying that. I’m merely trying to challenge the idea of what being “white” means in this country.

            People can contend that Jindal isn’t white at all. But I doubt the same would apply to Rubio. He’s Cuban. Cubans come in every color (including white), you know. The fact that he’s pandering to a conservative WASPy base doesn’t mean he’s throwing his “race” under the bus — what “race” would his be in the first place? The fact that he’s polling high suggests that the usual racists don’t care about Rubio’s “race”. If his “race” isn’t an issue for them, why should it be for us?

          • ceeenbee

            I’m saying that white, old, billionaires are attempting to be the puppet-masters, controlling the US government, and these sycophants are more than happy to betray their races and ethnicities to be their puppets for the illusion of power.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I’m sorry. I don’t think I’m getting my points across, and quite frankly I don’t know how else I’d be able to make them any clearer. Neither Cuban nor Latino/Hispanic are “races” or ethnicities. So no, at least in Rubio’s case, he’s not betraying any “race” or ethnicity — he’s being as vile as Trump et al., period.

  • Sam_Handwich

    So panic sets in. Marco only appears attractive because he hasn’t really been scrutinized yet.

    If he comes in second in NH we can count on Trump to unload on him.

    • PeterC

      Rubio wants to replace Cuz, as This country MUST follow His God first. Then follow the rules of this nation. An abomination to the world.

      • DesertSun59

        If Rubio wins NH expect him to tack EXTREME right for the rest of the primaries.

  • Prion

  • WebSlinger
  • Prion

    ..,

  • RealityBass

    Jindal couldn’t care less about Rubio. He thinks this might get him a cabinet appointment and/or an endorsement 4 or 8 years from now. It’s not like he’s backing Rubio because of his positions, because he doesn’t really have any.

    • Herald

      This seems more than a bit self-serving and desperate.

    • DesertSun59

      Rubio only has the positions that Paul Singer has.

  • BearEyes

    And yet, Sippy-boi isn’t even principled enough to show up for his day job.

  • BudClark

    The Kiss of Death.

    • Sam_Handwich

      more like the kiss of Meh

      • I was thinking more along the lines of more pointless, and badly aimed, ass-kissing in a vain, foredoomed attempt to remain relevant…
        …no?

  • WebSlinger
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    • Nic Peterson

      Testify!

    • FAEN

      One can always count on Piyush to be a slimy, beady eyed hypocrite.

      • D. J.

        Except in his official portrait.

  • WebSlinger
    • Michael Rush

      Fine , I didn’t even WANT to go to your stupid party .

  • Ninja0980

    Considering Jindal was so disliked he managed to give control of a governor’s mansion to a Democrat, I’m not it would be good for Rubio to have that endorsement.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Nothing ruins a Republican’s popularity more than actually having to govern.

    • Randy503

      They know that — Jindal really wants Christianist Cruz.

  • bkmn

    Why anyone would want an endorsement from Piyush?

    • Robincho

      … gesundheit!

  • Lakeview Bob

    Oh goodie. Now I feel comfortable voting for Marcia.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Hemorrhoid endorses polyp for president.

    • another_steve

      Lol. I should have looked before I posted, ten minutes ago.

      You beat me to it. 🙂

      • Dreaming Vertebrate

        LOL – Great minds, … think alike.

    • Gerry Fisher

      Ish. Piyush, to be exact.

  • camel54

    Seems to me that nowadays “principled” and “conservative” are mutually exclusive. “Mendacious”, “avaricious”, “selfish”, etc. would be more accurate.

  • Oh, well — that should give Rubio’s poll numbers a real boost.

  • fuzzybits
    • Goodboy

      Well, at least they’ve got the white face down. You can never be too white for Jindal.

  • another_steve

    In related news, my hemorrhoids have endorsed my bowel movements.

  • dcurlee

    Well there’s an endorsement I would do without

  • DesertSun59

    It’s pretty clear that Rubio will be the nominee. That being the case it’s time to get to know all about Paul Singer, who is the billionaire backer of the Rubio campaign. Because when a citizen supports Rubio, they’re actually supporting each and every issue that Paul Singer supports. In other words, exactly ONE MAN, who is so totally bored with his life that he has a human puppet, will be running the entire campaign.

    One billionaire. His wishes.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Singer_%28businessman%29

  • houstonray

    It does look more and more like in the end, Rubio will be the “uniter” (I use that term VERY loosely) for their party so that begs the question…Rubio vs Bernie or Rubio vs Hillary, which will come across better to the American electorate?

    • GlennF

      Hillary Clinton has the best chance against Rubio in a general election contest. In my honest opinion, the Democrats will rue the day if they foolishly nominate Sanders.

      • houstonray

        I kinda feel that way too. I picture a debate with Sanders on stage and Rubio next to him. It will look, and I mean no disrespect to Bernie or those who support him, as the really old guy and the young good looking hispanic guy. (not my personal opinion). I work in an office with about ten or so under 30yr olds. They are what you might call undecided but 7 of the 10 think Bernie is “oh yeah, that old guy!” One said and I quote, “what is he, like 80 years old?”. Another thinks he comes across as mean because he’s always yelling. I know Bernie has a lot of support among young people but not ALL. Of those I asked, a strong majority like Hillary and the rest haven’t decided.

  • Queequeg

    Lucky Rubio, endorsed by two idiots, first Santorum, now Jindal. My guess is that they’re bucking for cabinet positions in the Rubio administration. Imagine that nightmare. VOTE DEMOCRATIC!

  • Jeffrey

    Last week I joked that after an endorsement Rubio would “rocket to third place” which he then did, so I don’t want to make any assumptions about how much Jindaloo’s endorsement means.

  • Secure

    Unite the party? No chance in hell. I guess ‘lil Bobby doesn’t remember how much conservatives HATE Rubio for the gang of eight.

  • Gerry Fisher

    “He’s the prettiest, most inoffensive way to sell our ugly, offensive policies.”

  • delk

    Wait, Jindal is a republican leader?

  • 2karmanot

    Jindal who?

  • JT

    Bobby Jindal Endorses Marco Rubio

    Now that changes everything.

  • Tor

    But can he name any of Rubio’s accomplishments?

  • Alan43

    Interesting….the second former GOP presidential candidate not to endorse Cruz

    I’m trying to figure out if it’s because Cruz is so hated within the GOP or because Rubio is seen as more electable

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Ok boys and girls, it’s time for terrible, groan worthy, wholly inappropriate gay republican jokes:

    Marco Rubio and Bobby Jindal are in a bar…….
    Jindal: Hey Marco!
    Rubio: yeah?
    Jindal: I wanna help move you to the top
    Rubio: That’s great! How?
    Jindal: Well, I can Piyush your……

    OK, on second thought, let’s not have that image.

  • MDixon34

    Yeah but can he name any of Rubio’s accomplishments the way Frothy couldn’t?

  • KnownDonorDad

    Wow, of all the contenders, only Perry has endorsed Cruz. And the only sitting governor endorsing him is Eddie Calvo of Guam, no sitting Senators.

    Lots of the usual suspects in the list:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Endorsements_for_the_Republican_Party_presidential_primaries,_2016#Ted_Cruz

  • skeptical_inquirer

    So basically, Jindal endorsed someone who looks like his portrait. http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/jindal-portrait#.wo7RxLKxbm

  • EDinMCO

    Who is Benji Journal?

  • Michael Hampton

    I’m sure the 3 people who still care what Bobby thinks will be thrilled to throw their support behind Rubio.

  • TampaDink

    Anchor babies gotta look out for each other.

  • argeejay

    Ah yes…..Piyush for Rubio…..sounds like a potential ticket…..

  • Jim

    Bobby who?

  • JVB

    An anchor baby supporting another anchor baby.

  • Gianni

    Thank the Lawd we have heard from Bobby Jindal.