Want to know why Republicans are so high on Bobby Jindal? Watch him take two minutes to stake out the kind of economic policy territory that the GOP couldn’t find with both hands and a flashlight in two successive national elections:
Jindal sounds poised, informed, and reasonable while eviscerating the Porkulus bill. Instead of working explicitly from a philosophical point of view, he rattles off the facts of Porkulus to establish the basis for his fiscal conservatism. In doing so, Jindal enjoys much more credibility as a critic of Obama’s economic plans — and forces Obama to defend his plans on the specifics rather than Chicken Little diatribes.
Can Jindal maintain this poise and eloquence for the next four years and become the voice of the loyal opposition? If so, I can’t wait for 2012.