Check out this excerpt from Bobby Jindal’s appearance last night on Larry King Live. Jindal was asked about Rush Limbaugh’s declarations of wanting President Obama to fail. He not only couldn’t bring himself to repudiate Rush’s remarks, but also praised Rush as a “great leader for conservatives” — and he said he was glad that Michael Steele had apologized for taking a shot at him:
King: All right, governor, here was Rush Limbaugh at this weekend’s CPAC Conference. Watch.
Rush Limbaugh: What is so strange about being honest and saying I want Barack Obama to fail if his mission is to restructure and reform this country so that capitalism and individual liberty are not its foundation? Why would I want that to succeed?
King: Governor, do you think people are thinking about capitalism now or are they thinking about problems?
Jindal: Look, clearly, the American people are worried about paying their mortgages, keeping their jobs and paying their health care bills. I think Rush is a great leader for conservatives. I think he articulates what a lot of people are concerned about.
King: Do you want him [Obama] to fail?
Jindal: I don’t want those policies to be adopted. I want my country to succeed, but I don’t want policies to be adopted.
King: What if the policies work?
Jindal: Well, again…
King: What if they work?
Jindal: This is where we have a fundamental disagreement. I don’t think it’s going work … to spend in excess of our revenues.
Jindal also responded to Michael Steele’s recent flap about Limbaugh: “I’m glad he apologized. I think the chairman is a breath of fresh air for the party. As I said before, I think Rush is a leader for many conservatives and says things that people are concerned about.”