John Fund profiles a man who may be the next governor of Louisiana:
Republican Bobby Jindal, the son of immigrants from India who placed first in Louisiana’s all-party primary for governor Saturday, was so unknown in the state that he wasn’t even included in the first statewide poll on the race last January. But the former Rhodes Scholar will now face a runoff on Nov. 15 against Lt. Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat. If he wins, Republicans will have not only a bright new star on the national stage but a powerful symbol of their efforts at ethnic outreach.
The 32-year-old Mr. Jindal he had already impressed many in the state’s elites with his intelligence and administrative ability. He became the head of the state’s health-care system at age 24, director of the Breaux-Thomas national commission on Medicare at 26, president of the University of Louisiana system at 27, and a top adviser on health policy to President Bush at 29.
Nothing like someone emerging as a university system president two years younger than you get your Ph.D. to make you feel small. How in the world does that happen?