June 2nd, 2010
02:26 PM ET

Navarrette: Jindal's passion on spill is presidential

Ruben Navarrette Jr.
Special to CNN

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Out: Harvard Law School graduates who are scary smart - having served as editor of the Harvard Law Review - but come across as unemotional, aloof and uninterested in the demands of leadership even during a national catastrophe.

In: Rhodes scholars who are scary smart - having been admitted to and turned down both Harvard Medical School and Yale Law School - but also known to show flashes of rage at federal bureaucratic ineptitude during a national catastrophe.

For the last few years, Republicans have wondered if Bobby Jindal was their answer to Barack Obama. After the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it's awfully clear that Democrats should start trying to come up with an answer to Jindal.

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