Jay Leno, former Tonight Show host and now front man of his own automotive program on CNBC - Jay Leno's Garage, sat down with the business channel and talked about why Americans should all be rooting for - and not against, electric car maker Tesla Motors.

Pretty simple premise really:  The US auto segment has been receding by about 5% of the automotive brands per year over the past 100 years, and new faces are pretty rare.

Jay rightly points out that in the mid-teens there was some 350 car companies in the US, and they are becoming more and more of a dying breed.

And for that reason Tesla, being a rare and recent success in the automotive business, and actually building all its vehicles in the US, should be held up and not torn down.

"Here's a guy (Elon Musk) building an American car in America using American labor and paying them a union wage...the whole bit. Why are you not rooting for it to be successful? We do you wish it would fail? I don't quite understand that."

Hat tip to SparkEV!