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Jonathan Bernstein

Why Are Conservatives Bashing Congress?

Bobby Jindal's motive for attacking John Boehner may make political sense, but it's also a little weird.
Conservative enemy No. 1.

Conservative enemy No. 1.

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Bobby Jindal, looking for a way to stand out from the Republican presidential pack, has opened fire on John Boehner and Mitch McConnell.

My first reaction was that it's probably smart to appeal to activists in this way. Plenty of Republicans think the House speaker is a squish, and they’ll soon think the same of the Senate majority leader, too.