Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Jindal Joins Limbaugh In Hope That Obama Fails
This is exactly why I have soured so on partisan politics.
While Pres. Obama was hosting a nationally televised press conference last night, Louisiana's Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal was busy giving a speech before a GOP fundraiser where he said it was OK to hope that the president would fail.
Jindal justified his remarks by saying that it's alright if you think that what the president is doing is jeopardizing the nation. Especially if you think those policies are putting the country in peril. But it is wrong to hope that he fails. That's just putting your partisan aspirations (read: interest in running for president) ahead of the nation and its people.
So here we have a president who is struggling to bring the country back on sound financial footing. Attempting to get people back to work. Instituting policies designed to encourage banks to start lending money again so people can buy cars and houses. And you hope that he fails?
If he fails then we suffer.
Of course, if he fails and we suffer we'll be really pissed off in three years when you want to run for your party's nomination for president. So his failure, and our suffering, translates into potential votes for you.
It's not a quality that I particularly want in my next president. A president who would put his own political aspirations ahead of what's best for the United States.
Criticize his policies all you want. Refuse the bailout money being offered to Louisiana. Come up with alternative courses of action.
But wishing that he fails? That's more than just a little bit un-American.
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