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Jindal 2016 edition

  "There's no satisfying the press's appetite for all this 2016 speculation, and that's fine — none of it matters in real life. The whole thing is ridiculous and we are getting way ahead of ourselves." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, explaining why he thinks speculating about the 2016 presidential race is pointless — in an 805-word essay for POLITICO about the 2016 presidential race.

  "Is this self-serving by (Gov. Bobby) Jindal? Well, of course it is. Jindal is an all-but-announced candidate for president in 2016 and is working hard to position himself as the Ideas Guy — the honorary Newton Leroy Gingrich slot — in the field. (Sidebar: Jindal's assertion that "we need to focus on substance more than personality" is rightly read as a slap against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who used his force of personality to convincingly win a second term earlier this month.) By critiquing his party in Washington for being rudderless, Jindal gets a political double whammy: He casts himself as the adult in the room while distancing himself from a deeply unpopular party in Washington. But just because Jindal's op-ed is self-serving doesn't mean it's not right. It is." — Chris Cillizza, The Washington Post


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