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Jindal won't run for president, but he will tell a joke

"A word of warning to GOP staffers," said Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), "you may want to stay away from Bourbon Street. Just a little advice."

With that, Jindal won over a hometown crowd and sparked a frenzy of tweeting -- the first speaker at the SRLC to broach the RNC expenses story! Jindal quickly dispatched with rumors that he may run for president in 2012 ("I've got the job I want") and delivered the kind of bullet-pointed speech on conservative achievements that he's come to master. He went hard after the health-care overhaul, and slammed -- without naming -- Republicans who don't think they can get rid of it.

"Some actually ask the question whether we or not we try to repeal it," said Jindal. "Only in Washington would this be a hard question. Let your yes be yes. Let your no be no." The governor who persuaded Louisiana's Democratic attorney general to file a lawsuit against the bill hammered the point home. "We must repeal this bill."

Jindal's lackluster 2009 response to President Obama's first address to Congress hasn't been forgotten, although he seems to be getting past it. As I walked into the small exhibit hall, I overheard a pair of SRLC-ers oohing at how much better this speech was than that flawed national debut.

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By David Weigel  |  April 9, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
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