Chuck Todd Enters the Wacky World of Bobby Jindal

Chuck Todd’s advent as host of Meet the Press hasn’t convinced me to tune in. But this morning I glanced at a transcript from yesterday’s show, and it’s fun to see Chuck wrestling with Bobby Jindal’s characteristic twisting of reality on the subject of immigration:

CHUCK TODD:

Very quickly on immigration. If the president goes through with his executive action, do you think Republicans and Capitol Hill ought to use even the power of shutting down the government to stop him from doing it?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

Two things. I don’t think the president should shut down the government to try to break the Constitution. The reality is this. I do think the–

CHUCK TODD:

You think the president would be shutting down the government?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

Oh, absolutely.

CHUCK TODD:

So you do want Republicans to fight him on this to the point that it could shut down the government?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

Absolute– I don’t think the president should shut down the government.

CHUCK TODD:

But you’re twisting my question.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

But wait, wait.

CHUCK TODD:

That means you want that kind of showdown?

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL:

….No, we shouldn’t shut down the government, but absolutely Republicans should do everything they can to force the president to follow the law. Let’s secure the border. No, the president shouldn’t shut down the government so that he can break the law.

Well, that clears it up for me. Sure glad they invited Bobby onto the show.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.