Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) is heading to Iowa next weekend to pump up his stock with an eye on 2016 Republican presidential nomination. 

But if former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a venerable blue chipper like General Electric and Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Overnight Defense: Trump steps up fight with California over guard deployment | Heitkamp is first Dem to back Pompeo for State | Dems question legality of Syria strikes MORE (R-Ky.) is a fast-rising star like Facebook, then Jindal may be more akin to Crocs, a once promising bet that lost 40 percent of its value in a single week and has muddled along ever since.

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Jindal is well regarded among GOP insiders for his policy acumen but his political standing never quite recovered from his disappointing 2009 State-of-the-Union response, for which he was roundly mocked.

Still, some lawmakers such as Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchSenate Finance leaders call on Commerce to improve the tariff-exclusion process GOP senators raise concerns about babies on Senate floor House passes series of bills to improve IRS MORE (R-Utah) think Jindal has a legitimate shot to win the 2016 nomination because he is a governor and has potential appeal for conservative Democrats and independents. 

The Des Moines Register has reported his itinerary for Aug. 8 and 9.

On Friday, he will speak at the Iowa Renewal Project’s policy briefing for pastors and then campaign with candidate Mariannette Miller-Meeks at the Knoxville Raceway and at the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum.

On Saturday, he will visit the Iowa State Fair and join Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) at the Conservative Leadership Council.

He will speak later that day at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, alongside bigger-name presidential hopefuls, including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz's Dem challenger slams Time piece praising Trump Race for Republican Speaker rare chance to unify party for election 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules MORE (R-Texas.) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Jindal made a play for social conservatives earlier this year when spoke at the Iowa Republican convention mid June.