I love that headline, shamelessly stolen from a TPM post. We’ve already seen Bobby Jindal’s approvals take a dive in Louisiana; nearly half give him a failing grade due to voter dissatisfaction with state fiscal and education policies, according to this poll.
He’s in meltdown mode because of his now-pulled his tax plan, the one that would have replaced the income and corporate tax with a new sales tax. As TPM notes, he made the tax proposal a centerpiece of his second term agenda.
More from TPM, including a reminder that Paul Ryan’s/the House GOP budget is a losing proposition:
Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA), considered a leading presidential contender in 2016, is suffering a political meltdown in his home state… In an ominous sign for national Republicans, the immediate cause is a sweeping economic agenda with strong parallels to the House GOP’s latest budget. [...]
His retreat was a concession to the reality that the [tax] proposal was headed towards a humiliating defeat — and taking Jindal down with it along the way… [His] plans generated complaints from economists that they would require regressive tax increases on the poor and middle class to secure lower taxes for the wealthy.
He’s going down in flames because of “his political style, his travel out of state, his budget cuts, additional talk of more budget cuts, and of course the tax plan,” per pollster Bernie Pinsonat.
It doesn’t help that Jindal refuses to take federal money from the Affordable Care Act to expand the state’s Medicaid system.
How’s that austerity thing workin’ for ya, GOP? And of course, their spiffy little Republican Renovation isn’t exactly a rousing success, either.