Limbaugh defends Jindal

At least Bobby Jindal has someone on his side -- the conservative talker says he still "love[s]" him.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 25, 2009 9:30PM (EST)

Don't worry, Bobby Jindal. Sure, David Brooks may have called your speech on Tuesday night a "disaster" for the Republican Party, but one very important conservative thinks you're still swell.

On his show Wednesday, Rush Limbaugh told his audience, "I love Bobby Jindal, and that did not change after last night. Nothing that happened last night changed my mind.”

That wasn't all -- Limbaugh also castigated those who disagreed with his perspective on the Louisiana governor, saying, "[I]f you think -- people on our side, I’m talking to you -- those of you who think Jindal was horrible... I don’t ever want to hear from you ever again."

Limbaugh's point was that the substance of what Jindal was saying matters more than the style in which he said it, but this argument left the host in a few unintentionally ironic situations. At one point, for instance, he essentially contradicted himself, saying, "Style is not going to take our country back. Solid conservatism, articulated in a way that's inspiring and understanding is what's going to take our country back."

And referring to President Obama's address to Congress, Limbaugh said, "I hear from all of you, in e-mail or on phone calls, you're sick of style, you're sick of phony baloney plastic banana goodtime rock and rollers who lie through their teeth and tell people whatever they want to hear -- but they do it so well. You're sick of it because it's destroying the country."

Well. That says it all, doesn't it?

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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