Bobby Jindal, who is feverishly pondering and implicitly prattling about running for president in 2016, this morning told "Fox and Friends" that "Anybody on the Republican side even thinking or talking about running for president in 2016 ... needs to get their head examined."
Sure, he's merely leaving his scent, trying to spook the other fat-cat-bankrolled wannabes. But somehow the infinitely awkward, mousy image of that 2009 SOTU First Responder just won't quit. And what Bobby Jindal has in charisma Al Capone had in charm; thus, lacking a personality, he might want a message. A real one--something other than the tedious headfake of "we're not presenting our ideas," which is in fact what they've done all too well, and why they are where they are.
And where they're staying, even according to Jindal's latest "small-government" speech before the Republican National Committee, which sounded remarkably like his 2009 SOTU response, which brought this punishing reproach from David Brooks, on 'PBS Newshour':
To come up at this moment in history with a stale, government-is-the-problem, we can't trust the federal government--it's just a disaster for the Republican Party. The country is in a panic now.... [T]he idea that government is going to have no role, that the federal government has no role in this, in a moment when only the federal government is big enough to actually do stuff--to just ignore all that, and just say government is a problem, corruption, earmarks, wasteful spending, it's just a form of nihilism....
I think it's insane. I just think it's a disaster for the party.
And so it goes.