The Corner

The Jindal Exorcism Business

I think Jindal’s best bet, should he be the vice-presidential candidate and this become an issue, is to say that if ever a city needed an exorcism, D.C. is it. His defenders could point out, accurately, that every Catholic baptism includes an exorcism. They could say that if the worst thing their kid ever does in college is say some unusual prayers for a troubled friend, they’ll count themselves lucky. And they could also use every occasion when a Democrat brings up this issue to talk about Obama’s conduct at a similar stage of his life. If Jindal’s adolescence and early adulthood are fair game, so is the president’s. I think that would shut up Jindal’s critics. If it doesn’t, well: Bring it on.

And thus I don’t think this episode should be considered any bar to selecting Jindal.

UPDATE: Oh, and if the Democrats want to talk about the candidates’ faith history, we can take them up on that offer too.

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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