Veepstakes: The Case for Jindal

…Jindal was one of 50 students nationwide admitted to the Program in Liberal Medical Education (PLME) at Brown University, guaranteeing him a place in medical school. He was interested in public policy. Jindal also completed a second major in biology. He graduated in 1991 at the age of 20, with honors in both majors…



Bruce Walker
American Thinker

Whom should Romney pick to run with him?  Rob Portman, Tim Pawlenty, Condi Rice, John Thune, Marco Rubio, Susana Martinez, and Kelly Ayotte are names that keep popping up.  But the best choice might be Bobby Jindal, who is serving his second term as governor of Louisiana.  Notably, Governor Jindal has been successful as a governor and as a political leader in Louisiana.

Jindal just turned forty-one, which would make him one of the youngest people ever to run for vice president.  His youth also means that if Romney wins and is re-elected, in 2020, Vice President Jindal would be a boyish 49-year-old who could win the nomination without much party division.  At the same time, though, despite his youth, Jindal has a résumé of breathtaking brilliance.  In fact, if put on the ticket, Bobby Jindal might be the most intellectually gifted person ever nominated to national office.  He had offers to work in the private sector and doubtless become very rich, but he chose public service instead.

Critically, Jindal’s particular area of expertise is medicine and public health.  He has served in the latter sector with distinction.  In 1996, then-24-year-old Jindal was named secretary of health and hospitals for the State of Louisiana.  Three years later, the 27-year-old Jindal was made executive director of the National Bipartisan Commission on the Future of Medicare.  In 2001, Jindal, then thirty years old, was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate as assistant secretary of health and human services for planning and evaluation.  No politician in America has a stronger background from which to attack ObamaCare than Jindal has…

…More pointedly, when the BP oil spill occurred, Jindal moved very quickly to protect the citizens of Louisiana, and he did an excellent jobby everyone’s account.  The reaction of Obama in April 2010, however, was clownish and disastrous.  Jindal can help Americans remember just how dangerous it is to have a president who has no clue about what he is doing.  Significantly, Jindal can explain just how much of a hindrance the federal government can be to effective response by state and local governments…

…The case for Vice President Jindal is very strong.

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