Bobby Jindal, moving slow but dreaming fast, knocked Donald Trump today by saying, “Donald, thanks for the show. Almost as funny as Don Rickles.”
Don Rickles made a career out of insulting people in a humorous way on stage. Jindal is trying to diminish Trump’s stature by saying his campaign is characterized by insults and is more performance art than serious politics.
In a way, then, Jindal is trying to channel Rickles himself, using an on-stage putdown as a way of looking good at Trump’s expense. Well, to paraphrase Senator Bentsen, “Governor Jindal, I know Don Rickles, and you ain’t no Don Rickles...”