Bobby Jindal, like every other Republican presidential hopeful, has spent the early days of the nascent 2016 race criticizing President Obama. But at his appearance Thursday at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the Louisiana governor aimed at all of Washington.
In what sounded like a move to separate himself from the senators running in the 2016 pack, Jindal quickly ran through a list of Washington Republicans' failures.
"Republicans are about to wave the white flag of surrender on amnesty," he said, starting his slightly overlong speech on the debate over immigration and funding for the Homeland Security Department.
He swung at Republicans who claimed "they would repeal and replace every single word of Obamacare," but haven't been successful doing so. (The House passed for the fourth time in four years a standalone bill to repeal the legislation earlier this month.)
"It's time for them to govern the way they campaigned and get rid of Obamacare," he said.
Jindal's in need of an offensive jolt. Going into today's CPAC appearance, he's had popularity issues to contend with, as budget problems in Louisiana have plagued his image. And in one recent poll asking likely Republican Iowa caucus attendees which GOP candidates they prefer, Jindal is near the bottom of the list.