Still Hypocrites After All These Years

Bobby Jindal has some reassuring words for the GOP:

It’s OK for Republicans to want President Obama to fail if they think he’s jeopardizing the country, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told members of his political party Tuesday night.

Jindal described the premise of the question — “Do you want the president to fail?” — as the “latest gotcha game” being perpetrated by Democrats against Republicans.

“Make no mistake: 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,” Jindal said at a political fundraiser attended by 1,200 people. “This is political correctness run amok.”
Jindal, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, told the Republican audience he would “not be brow beaten on this, and I will not kowtow to their correctness.”

“My answer to the question is very simple: ‘Do you want the president to fail?’ It depends on what he is trying to do.”

Well, I can’t argue with that, and I certainly would not want to. I only wish Jindal had told us this in the months and years after 9/11, when various senior officials of the Bush administration told Democrats, liberals, and progressives who objected to the Patriot Act, to illegal warrantless electronic spying on Americans, to arbitrary and indefinite detention without charges or trial, to secret CIA black site prisons, to Guantanamo, to torture, to endless war and occupation of Iraq, and to racking up over a trillion dollars in war-related debt, that in so objecting we were giving aid and comfort to the enemy and being unpatriotic, subversive, and traitorous.

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