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.
Aside from experience as an analyst and administrator of public health systems, Jindal also has served two terms in Congress and is in his second term as governor of Louisiana. Louisiana has had the most corrupt government in America, but the Jindal administration has been remarkably clean. His executive brilliance as governor stands in stark contrast to our hapless president. The bond rating for Louisiana state bonds has risen under his leadership — an accomplishment even the Democrat media in the state acknowledged, in stark contrast to what has happened to other states’ bond ratings or our federal bond rating.