Jindal Excites GOP As a Possible Running Mate
Another Gov. Jindal as VP story from The Wall Street Journal:
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Before Sen. John McCain could begin speaking at a town-hall meeting here Wednesday, he first had to quiet a crowd gone wild for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal -- a politician who not long ago would have been inconceivable in Louisiana.My Comments:
Gov. Jindal, a child of Indian immigrants who has a gift for oratory, is the first minority to govern Louisiana since African-American P.B.S. Pinchback held the office for 35 days during Reconstruction.
The similarities between the 36-year-old Gov. Jindal and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama are tantalizing to many in the Grand Old Party. After only 143 days as the nation's youngest sitting governor, Gov. Jindal's name is being bandied about as a potential running mate for likely Republican presidential nominee Sen. McCain.
Whatever happens, Gov. Jindal, an Ivy League intellectual with a reformist's zeal, has come to represent for some party leaders the youthful streak and problem-solving approach to government they believe are critical to reinvigorating a Republican Party adrift under a deeply unpopular president.
But that strategy may be hard to pull off in the glare of a national candidacy when his views on issues such as abortion and religion in schools would certainly be meticulously examined. The Louisiana governor, who converted to Catholicism from Hinduism in college, is against abortion in nearly all circumstances and supports teaching "intelligent design" in public schools...
I'm going to add my voice to the chorus of folks saying Jindal is awesome, but he's been Governor for less than a year. Let's give him until 2012 or 2016.
Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Bobby Jindal: Inklings of a New (True) Champion of the Right
Kristol Touts Jindal as McCain's Veep [UPDATED]
Bobby Jindal's National Prospects
Louisiana, The Media, and the Katrina Blame Game
Bobby Jindal - Catholic Convert and Son of Indian Immigrants - Wins Louisiana Governor's Race
Michael Denton's First Newspaper Column
A Strange Way to Woo Religious Voters
Louisiana Democrat "Know-Nothings" Attack Jindal
Dems Go After Jindal's Catholicism & Ethnicity