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Gutsy Jindal Goes to Bat for Rush

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RUSH: The headline at the Huffington Post website says it all: "Bobby Jindal Goes to Bat for Rush Limbaugh." While President Obama was delivering a typically boring and professorial press conference last night, Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, was addressing the Republican Congressional Campaign Committee dinner in Washington, DC.

JINDAL: The suggestion behind this question, "Do you want the president to fail?" is this: If you don't answer that question with a loud "no" immediately, if you don't express instant obedience to the question, then they're trying to suggest you're not really a patriot. They're essentially saying that you're trying to undermine America. Make no mistake. Anything other than an immediate, a compliant, "Why, no, sir, I don't want the president to fail" is treated as some act of treason, civil disobedience, or political obstructionism. Let's be clear. The very democratic leaders who are now asking this phony question are the ones who for so long wanted to see the last president fail, regardless of the issue, regardless of whether he was right or wrong.

RUSH: Bobby Jindal. They're applauding. The people at the Republican congressional campaign dinner in Washington were actually applauding. This is something Republicans could learn. He's right. "Do you agree with Limbaugh, you want the president to fail?" "Oh, no, no, no, I want him to succeed, of course we want the president to succeed." Jindal goes, "Come on, can we get real?" The question's a setup. They want to call you a traitor if you say you don't want the president to succeed. And what he goes on to say is, let's not forget who wanted Bush to fail and in the middle of a war, and they wanted the military to fail. And he continued.

JINDAL: I'll not be browbeaten on this. I won't kowtow to their political correctness. We will be the loyal opposition. So my answer to this question is very simple. When they ask, "Do you want the president to fail?" It depends on what he is trying to do. There is something far more important to us than whether the president or any politician fails. Far more importantly we don't want America to fail. (applause) When the president wants to spend our country into debt, interminable debt, putting not only this generation but future generations into a position where the only way out will be massive tax increases, we oppose that policy, not because we want the president to fail, but because we want Americans to succeed.

RUSH: Exactly what I said at CPAC, but we do want him to fail in this, and there are ways, there are instruments to make him fail. You know, failure is no different than defeat. I use the example of the Super Bowl. I'm a Steelers fan. I wanted the Cardinals to fail. I wanted Kurt Warner to fail. I wanted the Cardinals to lose. I wanted the Steelers to beat 'em. This is politics. I want Obama to be defeated. I want his plans to be defeated. Bobby Jindal is saying the same thing. I think it's gutsy to take this on. You know why? Because this is a dead issue now. They've moved on from it. They had moved on from it. They've gotten what they thought was all the mileage they could get out of it, they attacked me for a week or two on this, and he's reviving now because I guess he's tired of getting the question. So it's time for him to answer it. Here's one final sound bite from Governor Jindal from last night at a Republican congressional campaign dinner in Washington.

JINDAL: When he pursues policies that are akin to those of European socialism, policies that, taken too far, could cause America to fail, we will oppose, we will stand up and be counted, we'll do so proudly, not because we want the president to fail, but because we want America to succeed.

RUSH: It's the same thing. And, by the way, I make no apologies for any of these positions, and neither should you. The right question to ask is not, do we want the president to fail or succeed, but rather, we want America to succeed. Thank you for your time tonight. Thank you for what you do for America. May God bless you all. May the loyal opposition continue to speak out and stand up on principle. Thank you, and good night.

RUSH: Bobby Jindal, the government of Louisiana as the Huffington Post headlined: "Going to Bat for Rush Limbaugh." And this is a gutsy move. This is why I like the guy. He's being guided by principle there. The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee, this is the outfit that raises money to elect Republicans to the House of Representatives, and he's up there telling them what to do. He's giving them advice. Strong advice. Giving them leadership and giving them some cover if they want to take it.

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