The Republican leadership has just announced that Bobby Jindal has been chosen to give the Republican response to President Obama’s first State of the Union-ish speech, on February 24. While conservatives are familiar with Gov. Jindal, this is an oppourtunity for him to shine on a national stage. Jindal will have his work cut out for him, of course, by nature of the fact that he’ll have to follow the rousing reception that President Obama will receive from the Democratic Congress. But still, he’ll get a chance to introduce himself as a change-oriented Republican who can make intellegent criticisms of Obama while offering alternatives. Conservatives will be wondering, does Jindal have what it takes to succeed in national politics?