Republican star Bobby Jindal has troubles in home state
But to be credible nationally, he will have to be popular in his home state.
The first ingredient, Pinsonat said, is having your own people call you a success, adding: "If I'm from another state and the guy's not popular in his home state, no matter what he says after that, I don't know if you hear the rest of it.''
Barred by Louisiana law from seeking re-election, Jindal's second term ends January 2016, neatly dovetailing with the first in a long series of party votes to select a nominee for the 2016 presidential cycle.
In the wake of Mitt Romney's competitive-but-decisive loss to President Barack Obama in November, Jindal has been at the forefront of delivering sharp criticism to the Republican Party.
He has bemoaned "dumbed-down conservatism.'' He has argued that the Republican Party is a "populist'' organization and that Republicans shouldn't be the party of "big anything.'' And he has said that the Republicans should "stop being the stupid party.'' It was a response to Todd Akin of Missouri and Richard Mourdock of Indiana, the failed Senate candidates whose controversial comments about rape and abortion helped Democrats win seats once viewed as guarantee Republican victories.
Jindal also has been clear that Republicans must not "change what we believe'' and he has suggested the party hasn't gone big enough in its argument against active government. "It's time to
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