By Henry Decker

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: Bobby Jindal’s Strange History With Exorcisms And Hannah Montana

June 20, 2012 11:39 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 17 Comments A+ / A-
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW: Bobby Jindal’s Strange History With Exorcisms And Hannah Montana

When John McCain picked Sarah Palin to run with him, we quickly learned that her teenage daughter was pregnant — and then more stories started piling up. What will America learn the day after Mitt Romney selects his vice-presidential nominee? What are the skeletons his vetting team is uncovering as they seek the best debate opponent for Joe Biden? To address those vital questions, we bring you The Day After Tomorrow, a series previewing the veep scandals everyone may soon be talking about.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is often cited as a dark horse vice presidential candidate. Endorsed for the spot by prominent conservatives such as Grover Norquist and David Frum, Jindal would add badly needed diversity and regional balance to the Republican ticket — and he is very popular with the party’s dominant right wing.

Yet there are warning signs that Jindal isn’t ready for the campaign spotlight. Were Romney to select him, a series of bizarre controversies from Jindal’s past could return to haunt him and the campaign.

The most famous Jindal tale is the story of how he performed an exorcism on a college friend who was suffering from cancer. He told the story in a 1994 essay for the New Oxford Review; apparently, when his friend Susan started acting strangely, Jindal and his pals decided it couldn’t be because she was sick. No, the only explanation was Satan. So he set about “solving” the problem. Here’s an excerpt from his account:

The crucifix had a calming effect on Susan, and her sister was soon brave enough to bring a Bible to her face. At first, Susan responded to biblical pas­sages with curses and profanities. Mixed in with her vile attacks were short and desperate pleas for help. In the same breath that she attacked Christ, the Bible’s authenticity, and everyone assembled in prayer, Susan would suddenly urge us to rescue her. It appeared as if we were observing a tremendous battle between the Susan we knew and loved and some strange evil force. But the momentum had shifted and we now sensed that victory was at hand.

While Alice and Louise held Susan, her sister continued holding the Bible to her face. Almost taunting the evil spirit that had almost beaten us minutes before, the students dared Susan to read biblical passages. She choked on certain passages and could not finish the sentence “Jesus is Lord.” Over and over, she repeated “Jesus is L..L..LL,” often ending in profanities. In between her futile attempts, Susan pleaded with us to continue trying and often smiled between the grimaces that accompanied her readings of Scripture. Just as suddenly as she went into the trance, Susan suddenly reappeared and claimed “Jesus is Lord.”

With an almost comical smile, Susan then looked up as if awakening from a deep sleep and asked, “Has something happened?” She did not re­member any of the past few hours and was startled to find her friends breaking out in cheers and laugh­ter, overwhelmed by sudden joy and relief.

While this story hasn’t hurt Jindal’s standing in deeply religious Louisiana, it would certainly be viewed in a different light in other parts of the country. Considering that many Americans are still suspicious of his Mormon faith, Mitt Romney may not wish to add a figure with such controversial religious beliefs to his ticket.

But the exorcism isn’t the only odd story about Jindal that will pop up if he is selected as Romney’s running mate.

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  • William Deutschlander

    Remember the not so elegant response Jindal delivered, it sounds like he has a mental disorder.

    • hilandar1000

      Unfortunately, William, you are SO RIGHT! Ordinarily I have a great deal of sympathy for people suffering from mental disorders, but I don’t want them running the country. Maybe that explains why the NRA is so much against background checks — if those background checks were actually adhered to, — which would certainly be the only sensible way to get guns out of the hands of people who are not mentally stable enough to have them, the NRA could very well lose a large percentage of their membership.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

      I doubt if Jindal has a mental disorder, unless you include teabaggerism as a form of delusional personality disorder.

  • howa4x

    Do we really want someone who is have hallucinations to be a VP. Maybe was on LSD when he did the exorcism. Funny they only seem to work on Catholics. Channey could have used one.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VTV55S5BALQIDBQFOLH7WIZNSA Don B

    Does Jindal’s head spin around too when advocating for the extremem Right?

  • alumahead

    Does the GOP have anyone they can put in the slot that doesn’t come off as a cartoon character?

    • metrognome3830

      No.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWNK5E33OIFUMQVAGQQA7GDM2M Bigspender

    It is my most fervent hope that Romney selects Bobby Jindal as his VP. Not because I believe Jindal is in any way qualified for higher office (Romney won’t be elected anyway so the risk is very limited), but because he is probably the funniest republican to watch since Christine O’Donnell. Given Romney’s dour and unfriendly nature, Jindal will bring a breath of fresh air and unintentional humor to the campaign.

    • CAThinker

      Bravo Bigspender – my sentiments exactly and you said it first… Jindal for VP!!! The man was a disaster in the rebuttal speech… so bad I almost felt sorry for him… Almost… By the way – the other odd thing I read about this guy is that he got his name “Bobby” from watching “The Brady Bunch”, after the youngest of the three sons… I guess whatever his birth name was, wasn’t “american” enough for his uses…

    • ExPAVIC

      WAIT

      AS a Democrat, I love Bobbie Jingles but where is he going to park his rickshaw.

      Can he get into the American Taliban Republican country clubs? Through the FRONT door I mean?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/H67EVCAH4JSG7HBDMU5IEB5FKE Lynda J

    This is insane we have a Governor who commits exorcisms running a state. And he could be a nominee for Vice Presidency. This is what the country has come to, first Sarah (stupid) Palin and now Bobby Jindal. It does not get any worst than this…………….

  • dljones

    exorcism: Henry, want to share what you were doing 18 years ago?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LOCFO4HAJYGYEMCKTCOBI6ZXRA galivantstom

    Down in Louisiana, they elect their governors without ever seeing them. Dirung his campaign, this darling was kept out of view and earshot of the voters. Louisian what they wanted but, I for one, will not votr for any politician who isn’t willing to meet the people. We’ve already seen his poweress as a speaker. Frankly, he’s another loose cannon, ala Palin.

  • ralphkr

    I find the criticism of Jindal complaining about money spent on volcano monitoring completely irrelevant because since there are no volcanoes in Louisiana therefor none of that money is being spent in Louisiana and that means that ALL the money spent is a waste. I learned while in a civics class over 50 years ago (in a super conservative Republican state) that you should rate your Congressman by how much Federal money he was able to bring to the state.

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  • ExPAVIC

    WHAT?

    Jingle as American Taliban Republican VP? Cannot be, they won’t allow him to park his rickshaw in Capital Hill Plaza.

    Plus the Taliban Republicans won’t be allowed to have him in their country clubs. He is way too dark skinned.

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