One of the names that has recently been tossed around as a possible veep for McCain is Bobby Jindal, the current governor of Louisiana. He has a pretty impressive resumé (although honestly, Zombie Hitler With Cobras For Arms probably could have beaten Kathleen Blanco, after the massive clusterfuck that were Hurricanes Katrina & Rita).
More importantly, he’s the son of Indian immigrants and in his late 30s, thereby providing some balance to the “Crusty Old White Man” ticket. Hey, I’m not knocking it. Balance is the raison d’être of veep nominees.
Unfortunately for the McCain camp, it’s recently come out that Jindal is also quite possibly pants-shittingly crazy, having claimed in a 1994 essay he wrote for the conservative Catholic journal New Oxford Review that he once exorcised a female college “friend” with a bunch of other guys and cured her cancer. Why does this sound disturbingly like an excuse for date gang rape? “We swear officer, we thought she was possessed!“
You have to have a paid subscription to read the essay at NOR, but Talking Points Memo has some juicy exceprts, including that Jindal initially began to have suspicions when the woman became depressed after the suicide of a close friend and her own diagnosis of skin cancer. Umm, Bobby? It’s pretty normal for people to act not quite themselves when life throws a double fistful of crap at them like that. It doesn’t necessarily mean they’re possessed.
He also claimed to have smelled a sulfuric odor in her presense, and that the exorcism was precipitated by her having a seizure at a prayer meeting. Did we mention the cancer? So instead of calling 911 like rational people, naturally they all decided to dogpile on her and start chanting a bunch of religious mumbo-jumbo. As you do. The fact that she screamed and tried to run away is presented as proof of her demonic infestation, instead of as proof that she was terrified of these freaks who responded to a medical emergency by sitting on her and yelling a bunch of weird religious crap at her.
He’s a saint!