One of the iron verities of this strange presidential election cycle has been that if you attack Donald Trump, he will attack you right back, often with treble the vitriol. You cannot blame Bobby Jindal for assuming his over-the-top assault on Trump in a heavily advertised (but not that heavily attended) National Press Club speech yesterday would earn him a thermonuclear response guaranteeing maximum media attention.

But The Donald did not cooperate:

Last night Jindal tried to stay on a roll, telling CBS News that Trump had no business dissing Carly Fiorina’s appearance when “he looks like he’s got a squirrel on his head.” Good one, Bobby!

This did gain him one more Trump tweet this morning:

It will be interesting to see if Jindal keeps this up, and if Trump refuses to rise to the bait. We’re kinda in uncharted territory here; I can’t recall any precedent for a presidential candidate referring to another candidate from the same party as a “madman.”

If Trump really wanted to crush Bobby, he’d commission of poll of the 2016 Republican presidential nominating contest in Louisiana.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.