Last week, as Gov. Bobby Jindal's office was preparing to release its budget proposal to deal with the state's expected $1.6 billion shortfall, the governor was elsewhere, dealing with other matters.
On Monday, Fox News presented an essay by Jindal criticizing Presi- dent Barack Obama for being (in Jindal's opinion) soft on the terror group ISIS, saying Obama was more focused on "criticizing America and lecturing the American people than on devising a plan to hunt down and kill these extremists." (Salon.com summed up Jindal's argument: "GOP governor has a plan for defeating terrorism — well, not so much a 'plan' as a really manly slogan.")
Two days later, in an essay for TownHall.com, Jindal was criticizing fellow Republicans for what he saw as their timorousness when it came to repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare. And the following day, Jindal was at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C., where many Republicans mulling a run for the 2016 presidential nomination were gathered. Jindal took swipes at Obama and the Common Core math and reading educational standards.
In a brief sideline interview with ABC News, Jindal still refused to admit he's running for president, but said he was "unafraid to tell the truth" and expressed the opinion that Americans are looking for "a fighter."