The governor's low approval ratings could make things very difficult for Jindal to get anything done with state lawmakers, says LSU political science professor Kirby Goidel.
Goidel said when Jindal was riding high with voters, he could push through just about what ever he wanted. The decision to shelve his major tax reform plan yesterday is a classic example of what could happen with other issues.
''No question, lower approval ratings means more opposition and less of a willingness of the Legislature to go along, it's not at all clear that he could have gotten that proposal out of the Legislature.'' said Goidel.
Goidel said voter surveys indicate many voters believe that the governor is more interested in national issues and less on what's going on in Louisiana.
''Most people believe he's sort of playing to a different audience and not to Louisiana," said Goidel. "I think that's where his tax proposal ran into so many problems.''
What remains to be seen, according to Goidel, is whether the governor can still muster some of that old magic and at least meet lawmakers halfway.