Monday, May 5, 2008

Conservative Columnist Kristol touts McCain-Jindal

From Bill Kristol's column in the New York Times:

Maybe that’s why, in separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They’re tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak.
It might also be a way to confront the issue of McCain’s age (71), which private polls and focus groups suggest could be a real problem. A Jindal pick would implicitly acknowledge the questions and raise the ante. The message would be: “You want generational change? You can get it with McCain-Jindal — without risking a liberal and inexperienced Obama as commander in chief.” I would add that it was after McCain spent considerable time with Jindal in New Orleans recently, and reportedly found him, as he has before, personally engaging and intellectually impressive, that the campaign’s informal name-dropping of Jindal began.

2 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Jim, you wouldn't want to take on the task of listing Jindal's accomplishments, would you? A reformist streak? We'll see where that streak goes in Louisiana. I haven't seen much yet.

Would he have to resign as governor if he became the VP nominee?

I heard Jindal speak live one time, and I did not find him particularly engaging or intellectually impressive. But hey! That's me.

Jim said...

No, he wouldnt have to resign if he was the nominee. When the ticket loses he could come back home as governor and be set up to run for pres in 2012.
If they win then he would be VP to a 71 year old with the most stressful job in the world.
That makes me very, very afraid.