Henry Vilas wrote:Is Jindal positioning himself for a 2016 run for president?
On Monday he told Politico, “We cannot be, we must not be, the party that simply protects the rich so they get to keep their toys.”
He’s calculating that trickle-down policies—policies that explicitly, unapologetically protect the rich—will never get a Republican elected president again.
This is a weaker position, rhetorically. “I’m for some low taxes for some people” is harder to explain than “No new taxes.” But it’s one of the uncomfortable subtleties that Republicans are going to have to learn how to say out loud. Jindal is effectively announcing his candidacy for president in 2016. He also just pulled the drain plug on the rising tide that lifts all boats.
I predict a slightly saner race and ever so slightly complicated arguments in 2016. The Republicans will rely on longer sound bytes and run somebody, even if it's not Bobby, who has better chance than a snowball in hell.
Whether that will gain or lose them votes is to be seen. I think it's even money that the Tea Party will split off into their own little fantasy world.