In an op-ed for Politico on Wednesday, anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist called on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to select Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as his running mate. That came just a week after former Bush speechwriter David Frum penned a piece for CNN entitled “Bobby Jindal for Vice President.” Scott Conroy captured the emeging zeitgeist with a profile of Jindal for Real Clear Politics in which he reported that, after “private conversations with people close to both Romney and Jindal,” there were plenty of reasons to believe” that Jindal could be our next vice president. Phil Klein at the Washington Examiner says Jindal is “hands down” the best to be Romney’s running mate. Jindal Fever: catch it!
Criticism of Jindal—aside from his dodgy health care privatization scheme, support for an Arizona-style immigration law, and fierce opposition to reproductive rights—tends to center on an awkward State of Union repsonse he delivered three years ago. This is dumb because most people didn’t watch it, and anyway, there’s basically no dignified way to rebut a State of the Union. (For one thing, unlike the President’s speech, there’s no one there to applaud.)
A much bigger reason why Jindal won’t be Romney’s running mate is the exorcism he conducted.No, really. Jindal himself wrote about the experience in 1994 for the New Oxford Review, in an article entitled ”Beating a Demon: Physical Dimensions of Spiritual Warfare.” The short of it is that, while Jindal was an undergraduate, his close friend, Susan, with whom he had maintained a wholly non-romantic relationship, began acting strange. One might attribute this to the fact that she was undergoing treatment for cancer. Jindal assumed she had been possessed.