Finally, here's an intriguing [V.P.] possibility: How about Louisiana's new governor, Bobby Jindal? He definitely provides youth (age 36), is a former Rhodes scholar who's actually worked on health-care reform while running Louisiana's health agency, and has experience in the House. As an Indian-American, he'd go a long way toward defusing the Republican Party's current image as anti-immigrant, and he's Catholic to boot, which helps with a key constituency. OK, he's probably too young -- but he sure is articulate and that, plus his nontraditional ethnic background, makes him appear to be a kind of Republican version of Sen. Obama.
Have a cigar you're gonna go far...
Also, I want to just mention Kimberley Strassel's WSJ column in today's paper. In it, she blames Spitzer's "media enablers" for not being critical and skeptical in their coverage of Gov. Spitzer. She writes that
Journalism has many functions, but perhaps the most important is keeping tabs on public officials.
I'll note here that the print WSJ totally ignored the Vitter/D.C. hooker story when it came out last summer. I was surprised, but I was told that the wsj "doesn't do many stories on things that happen below the waist", which is fair enough.
I'm not saying the WSJ used different standards with the Spitzer and Vitter stories, or anything like that. Just noting these data points for the record.