They’re going down the same road that just led to defeat:
Conservative activists on Saturday named former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney the winner of a poll for best 2012 GOP presidential candidate.
The poll marked the third consecutive year Romney came out on top.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal placed second in the annual poll, conducted at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Romney received 20 percent of the vote and Jindal got 14 percent.
Close behind were Texas Rep. Ron Paul and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who each received 13 percent of the vote.
That Gov. Jindal placed second shows that these early polls are basically meaningless. Jindal looks good on TV — as long as he doesn’t speak. His response to President Obama’s address to Congress Tuesday was presumably not his best effort, but if Jindal and Romney are the best the GOP has to throw at Obama’s reelection bid in 2012, the party ought to sit out the next election and plan for ’16.