Think of the worst Republican joke ticket that you can imagine that has a chance of winding up in the primary. It probably looks something like Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin, right? Regardless what form it took, would you ever consider Willie Robertson, from Duck Dynasty? Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal would.
Jindal is still considering whether he wants to dive in. During an appearance at a Good Friday prayer breakfast in Ceder Rapids, Iowa, Jindal was asked about picking Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson as his VP.
And they say there’s no such thing as a stupid question.
Jindal told the reporters, “As a running mate? Sure, but as vice president—I assume that’s what you’re asking—not the other way around,” and “He’s a great guy, I think he’d be a great running mate. It’d be a huge pay cut for him, so I’m not sure he’d be willing to do it.”
It would be a huge pay cut, as the citizens of Louisiana well know.
Now, being entirely fair, this is Willie, not the clan patriarch, Phil. Compared to the old man, Willie is down right progressive: he’s not sure whether or not being gay is a choice, but he’s sure they’re going to Hell regardless.
He also has a thing for Nicholas Cage, and wants to use Nicholas Cage’s bad fiction to convert atheists. That puts him leagues above Phil, who wants to use his own bad fiction.
Jindal admires the Robertson Clan; there’s no mystery about it. Can’t you feel the admiration in this picture, which Jindal uses as the header for his Twitter:
Jindal got a cameo in season 6, and steadfastly stood by his hero after Phil Robertson shoved his foot in his face for inflammatory remarks against gay people. And while we laugh, They of the Duck Whistles have moved into the political arena and carved out a name for themselves there.
This is particularly true of Phil Robertson, who does with political speeches what Dada artists did with images. Robertson even earned the Andrew Breibart Defender of the First Amendment Award at this year’s C-PAC and has rubbed elbows with other actors in the Theater of the Political Absurd that Fox broadcasts every day.
So could this be the dream ticket?
Maybe for late night TV commentators and bloggers like myself, who do our best to echo Juvenal or Jonathan Swift. For the country, it’d be an utter disaster. Of course, I can’t think of a Republican candidate running that wouldn’t be an utter disaster.
[h/ t Bloomberg]