In separate conversations last week, no fewer than four McCain staffers and advisers mentioned as a possible vice-presidential pick the 36-year-old Louisiana governor, Bobby Jindal. They're tempted by the idea of picking someone so young, with real accomplishments and a strong reformist streak.Yep, that's the ticket. "Confront" the issue of McCain's age by picking a running mate who's barely old enough to run legally and has a grand total of four years of experience in elected office. Doesn't that, um, actually highlight the issue of McCain's age? "Hey, at least one of us won't drop dead before 2012!"
It might also be a way to confront the issue of McCain's age (71), which private polls and focus groups suggest could be a real problem. A Jindal pick would implicitly acknowledge the questions and raise the ante.
Next up: Barack Obama "confronts" the race issue by picking an albino as running mate. Hillary Clinton "confronts" the gender issue by choosing Hulk Hogan as running mate. Add your own jokes in comments.