He has a gee whiz quality that isn’t quite presidential, but he’s not the president nor a candidate (yet). He is restating a fundamental point: growing government beyond our means is “irresponsible.” He is reciting Republican alternatives and reviewing his own record including school reform and tax cuts. As the speech goes on, he settles into a calmer and more composed demeanor. For many people seeing him for the first time, Jindal made a reasonably good first impression, I think. The message of individual empowerment and fiscal restraint are not in fashion. But after a few years, it may be once again.