So, did this happen to Jindal last night? We won't know for a long time. If we learn one thing from political history it is that there are no real rules and anything can happen. But Jindal's speech has some of the hallmarks of a career-killer: a.) high expectations vs. genuinely underwhelming performance, b.) a politician who entered the speech with a relatively unformed image in the public mind, c.) an easy-to-mock delivery -- the whole Kenneth-the-page thing is a bit mean but the sort of thing that sticks, d.) an accruing pundit-class consensus that the speech was flubbed.
I find Jindal to be a likable guy, and I know Saxdrop has been a fan. I wonder if he'll be able to bounce back.
UPDATE [2/25 3:18pm] ... Marc Ambinder says Jindal hasn't damaged his prospects in the slightest:
Politicians use charisma -- call it authentic presence -- to cover up their human quirks. Luckily for Jindal, other WH 2012 or 2016 contenders (and remember, Jindal's said he's not running for president in 2012, although, as with our current president, voters don't seem to care about these promises), aren't terribly charismatic either, aside from Ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has a tenuous relationship to certain parts of the Republican base. The good news for Jindal is that expectations have been lowered a bit, and if you believe him to be serious about not running until at least 2016, not a thing has happened to change his prospects.