With his deep understanding of policy and ability to absorb facts, Jindal would easily pass the “Meet the Press” test. That is, Romney could announce he was picking Jindal on a Friday, and the campaign could book him on every political show that Sunday, confident he’d be able to field questions on any subject while remaining on message. He’d also be able to run circles around Vice President Joe Biden in a debate.

Jindal is very popular among social conservatives and evangelicals, whom Romney will need to motivate in November. And although the Obama campaign and its media allies would try to portray Jindal as an extremist, he’s far too smart and reasonable-sounding for such a charge ever to stick.

In addition, Jindal reinforces two of Romney’s primary selling points — that he’s an experienced executive and that he’s a turnaround artist. Having been sworn into his current office in January 2008, Jindal has spent more time as a public executive than Romney or Obama.