Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Bobby Jindal's victory in the Louisiana gubernatorial race is emblematic of the new blood his Republican Party needs to get on track toward victory in 2008. Young, sharp, conservative, religious and the son of immigrants, Mr. Jindal is just the sort of candidate the GOP needs to recruit in droves.
With 53 percent of the vote, Mr. Jindal beat 11 runoff opponents, with his nearest competitor, Democrat Walter Boasso, scraping up a meager 18 percent. Because he captured more than 50 percent of the vote, Mr. Jindal avoids spending the time and money consumed by a general election. His historic win marks the first time that a Louisiana candidate has won an open-seat or challenger election on the first ballot.
Republicans rallied around Mr. Jindal, a 36-year-old Baton Rouge native and Indian American wunderkind who received aid from the Republican National Committee and television ads and hundreds of thousands of direct mailings from the Republican Governors Association.
Mr. Jindal ran pledging to reform a corrupt government establishment that includes outgoing Gov. Kathleen Blanco, a Democrat who stumbled over herself prior to and during the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Oxford-educated and elected to the House in 2004, Mr. Jindal stepped up where Blanco fell short. He was able …