Should Obama Fail? For Jindal, It ‘Depends’

By Teddy Davis

Mar 25, 2009 10:32am

ABC News’ Teddy Davis reports: Republicans should make no apologies for wanting President Obama to fail if they think he is taking the country in the wrong direction, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Tuesday evening while speaking at a GOP fundraiser in Washington, D.C. "Let me comment directly on the latest gotcha game that I have noticed occurring in Washington today, and it is a game that the left has been playing and that some in the media have gone along with," said Jindal. "I’ve noticed that some of the Democrats in Congress have begun badgering Republican leaders with this question — They simply respond to any criticism of the President by asking – ‘so, do you want the President to fail? Do you? Do you? Yes or no?’" "Make no mistake," he continued. "Anything other than an immediate and compliant, ‘Why no sir, I don’t want the president to fail,’ is treated as some sort of act of treason, civil disobedience or political obstructionism." "This is political correctness run amok," he added. The debate over whether Republicans want Obama to fail consumed Washington earlier this month after the White House and top Democratic allies seized on comments made by Rush Limbaugh. The talk radio host told the Conservative Political Action Conference that he stood by his earlier comments on the radio that he wants Obama to fail if his mission is to undermine the foundations of capitalism. Jindal said that his answer to the question of whether he wants the president to fail "depends on what he is trying to do." The Louisiana governor said that if Obama wants to "cut taxes on job providers, reduce our national debt, stop the massive explosion of government spending, make good on his promise to seek earmark reforms, govern in a way that is fiscally responsible consistent with his rhetoric in his campaign, and act in a truly bi-partisan fashion," then he wants him to succeed and he wishes him "God speed." Jindal said, however, that if the president pursues policies with which he disagrees, he will oppose him "not because he wants the President to fail" but because he wants "America to succeed." In particular, Jindal said that he and fellow Republicans will stand up to the president if he wants to: (1) "spend our country into interminable debt"; (2) "increase taxes on small business owners"; (3) "use the stimulus bill as an opportunity to radically grow the size of government"; (4) "change the rules so that union elections are no longer conducted by private ballot"; (5) "pursuing the unfair ‘fairness doctrine’"; or (6) "striking the very word ‘enemy combatant’ from our vocabulary." Jindal opened his Tuesday night speech at the National Building Museum by poking fun at the widely panned nationally televised speech he delivered last month in response to Obama’s address to Congress.
"Many of you have asked that I reprise my State of the Union Response Speech . . . that was a joke by the way . . . it’s okay to laugh about it," said Jindal. "I have just learned that because of President Obama’s opposition to torture, it is now illegal to show my speech to prisoners at Guantanamo," he added. "Anyway, you will be happy to learn that I will not be speaking from a teleprompter tonight." Jindal, who made his remarks at a fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee, is viewed by many in his party as a rising star and future presidential candidate. A 2012 run for president may be difficult, however, because he says he plans to run for re-election in 2011 and successful presidential candidates typically need to spend the year before the nominating contests stumping in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina. UPDATE: DNC Ties Jindal to Limbaugh The Democratic National Committee responded Wednesday to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s (R) Tuesday speech to the NRCC by tying the potential presidential candidate to Rush Limbaugh. "We understand that Governor Jindal has had some problems with public speaking lately, but turning to Rush Limbaugh to be your new speechwriter doesn’t help," said DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan in a written statement. "What we know has failed is the reflexive partisan politics of the past that Rush Limbaugh and his Republican party continue to be mired in.  Rather than rooting for failure, we urge the Republican party to play a constructive role in moving the country forward and offer a budget proposal."

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