William Kristol Asks “McCain/Jindal?”

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in McCain, Republicans

And I say no…because Jindal, who’s currently the governor of Louisana, is also only 36 years old.

Yep, there’s nothing like picking somebody who’s literally half your age to highlight just how old you are. Think McCain is that politically myopic? Unlikely.

Still, Kristol seems to be warming to the idea…

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.

Kristol, Kristol, Kristol…

Also, if McCain picks Jindal, there goes the “experience” message. No way he can argue that when somebody who’s a heartbeat away from the Presidency has 3 years of legislative experience.

Yes, just 3 years of legislative experience.

By the way, Jindal ruled it out last week…

“…I’ve said it several times before…I’ll say it again: I’ve got the job I want,” Mr. Jindal said at the National Press Club here.

So that’s that.

Moving on…


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4 Responses to “William Kristol Asks “McCain/Jindal?””

  1. wj Says:

    So let’s see, if McCain were to pick Jindal does that
    1) help McCain pick up minority votes, because Jindal’s ancestors were from India?
    2) help Obama, because the racial bigot vote then has nowhere to go?
    Hmmm…

  2. Bubbles Says:

    Jindal Still has 1 more year’s worth of legislative experience than Abraham Lincoln did when he became president.

  3. Ted Says:

    Can’t realistically imagine McCain selecting anyone other than Palin as his Veep!

  4. Below The Beltway » Blog Archive » Bobby Jindal For Vice-President ? Says:

    [...] he’s only 36 years old, the same age that John McCain was when Bobby Jindal was born. As Justin Gardner notes, there’s no better way for McCain to highlight just how old he is than by selecting a [...]

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