BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Bobby Jindal's rough national debut seems long forgotten.

Louisiana's youthful governor routinely now receives praise across GOP circles.

He's being cast as a knowledgeable policy wonk with strong conservative credentials who appeals to the Christian right and can claim a long list of accomplishments, such as leading the state through a series of disasters, including the Gulf Coast oil spill.

He's being talked up so often as a future leader in the party that Republicans say presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be crazy not to seriously consider choosing the 41-year-old Oxford-educated governor as a running mate.

Jindal's rebound is something that Republicans once had suggested would be difficult after his nationally televised response in 2009 to President Barack Obama's first State of the Union address to Congress was widely panned.