Steve Benen’s thoughts on a McCain-Bobby Jindal ticket seem to me to be largely correct, but he’s missing one key element where Jindal helps McCain. Jindal has an iron-clad reputation as a reformer that is actually well earned. He’s gotten glowing press for his overhaul of state ethics laws and putting him on the ticket would be a good way of fortifying and calling attention to McCain’s own image as a reformer. While the contrast on the age issue wouldn’t look good, the reformer credibility he brings would be very valuable to McCain, seeing the challenge the Barack Obama is mounting to McCain on ethics and government reform issues. Plus, as you can see from his recent appearance on Leno, he’s an incredibly personable guy who makes a good first impression and will be a media favorite for a long time.