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William Kristol Asks “McCain/Jindal?”

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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…