January 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
4 years ago

Limbaugh: Conservative base has 'fractured'

(CNN) - Calling it his "non-concession speech," talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh launched a fresh round of attacks Wednesday on newly-minted GOP frontrunner John McCain - the latest indication the Arizona senator is likely to witness a backlash from some conservative quarters as he seeks to wrap up his party's nomination.

Limbaugh, a longtime conservative critic of McCain, said the senator's rise is largely the result of "uninspiring" candidates, and a "fractured" party base.

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– CNN Producer Alexander Mooney


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  1. befmed

    The real reason for the conservative base's losses is after 7 years of conservative rule there has only been disastrous consequences for this country. The bankruptcy of conservative ideas is the root cause of the their problem.

    January 30, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  2. Lisa Lee, Dallas, TX

    Barry wrote on January 30, 2008 7:19 pm ET:

    "Perhaps the great unwashed have tired of hate radio and the constant mocking of everything and anything that does not fit that agenda?"

    Isn't that the truth? I have always cringed at shows like Limbaugh's because they are so full of hate and bias. He & his buds, Buchanan, O'Reilly, Beck, etc. come off as such smug know-it-all's who think they are above everyone else. Sort of turns my stomach watching or listening to them because they seem so full of hate.

    January 30, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. Nolan

    I am a democrat. I intend on election day to vote in the republican primary in my state for John McCain. IF he wins the nomination, I intend to vote for him for president. If any other republican wins the nomination I will vote for whichever democrat, Hillary, Obama, Bob Smith or Bobo the Clown happens to be on the ballot. I have a lot of respect for McCain. This is because 1. He served our country honorably in Vietnam. 2. He has crossed party lines when he thinks legislation on his side is wrong or on the other side is right so he puts America ahead of party. and 3. He tries to work with both sides of the aisle and build true bipartisan coalitions on legislature. oh and 4. He doesn't seem to be in the pocket of big business quite as badly as most candidates.

    January 30, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. lynwood sibley

    McCain spent a few years in Hanoi Hilton (a very disiplined Hotel) after being shot down in a A4D over North Vietnam –he doesnt go for torture and some of the other perverted things Rush and his bunch go for,so he's not in Rush's in bunch, which I believe is in his favour -,he has a good reason to abhor torture and I believe he had many a hour to ponder good vs evil –in the Hilton Hanoi–he visited Indo China and was a man that did not wish evil on them, Just the reverse-A good
    man trying to do right –there is another man in history who paid the supreme penalty for this-GOD bless you John and May GOD forgive you RUSH and bunch
    GOD bless Lynn

    January 30, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  5. Andrew

    One more Republican war monger is all it will take to start to break the back of this country. Eternal war will bankrupt this country just like it did Russia. After that we can say goodbye to our democracy and hello to out new found autocracy. Heed the warnings of our forefathers before it is too late. The neo-cons have wiped out generations of precedent and moved the country in a complete different directions our forefathers meant it to go in. As Americans we have got to come together and stop this cowardly madness. Is it a brave man that fears attack all the time or is it that same fear that really makes him a coward.

    January 30, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. David - Oregon City

    Russ, I turned off your show ten year ago. Now I am looking for ten more without you! Good luck with doddo heads!

    January 30, 2008 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  7. Pat McGrath

    Rush needs to get a life. I really can't believe that conservatives actually listen to him. Maybe it is for the humor since I always laugh at the crap that comes out of his mouth.

    January 30, 2008 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  8. smack

    To Steve TX:

    Get your head out of your butt. The Traitorous liberals have never, ever, EVER compromised. They have pulled and dragged this country Left as hard as they've been able to for as long as they've been able to.

    Stand your ground and act like you have a pair of stones.

    January 31, 2008 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  9. Toby

    And this is a bad thing... why?

    January 31, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  10. melissa

    How can you say Rush has influence? He doesnt like McCain yet McCain won?

    January 31, 2008 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. becky p

    Rush Limbaugh has the biggest audience in radio history. The guy knows what he's talking about.

    January 31, 2008 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  12. balance

    I will begin by saying that Rush represents most of what I dislike in this country..unmasked greed , no compasion for any but the affuent basicaly a "Pig"

    With this said I will now ad that he did this country a great service by doing what he could to "shoot down" the Amesty Bill (open borders) and that this was a real service to the American people. He split with his party and the president to do what was right. I always thought he was just a "hand puppet" of the Bush regime
    but in this matter he deserves much credit

    January 31, 2008 01:36 am at 1:36 am |
  13. Dore

    If Rush does not develop someone to villify, then he has nothing really to talk about on his show. We may never know really what Rush thinks- it does not matter anway- this is just fodder for something to take up time on the air- he feeds of controversy.

    January 31, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  14. anamerican

    Dear Rush:

    The "BASE" you are speaking about has brought us to the point where the Canadian dollar is worth more than ours- Our economy is in near ruin, the housing market is trashed, solid corporations have to merge just to stay alive, and the country is being raped by a perverse "global economy" thinking that seems to benefit only other countries.

    Federal contracts with major U.S. Corporations are in many ways outsourced to India- lots of good that does Americans.

    Ok Rush.. so your "Base" is fractured- good!.. anyway we can finish it off?

    Love your show Rush- one thing you may wanna give a try.. consider following the lead of people like Lou Dobbs and try using your show to represent us Americans – we need a voice- and that "base" as you call it..doesnt represent us very well.

    January 31, 2008 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. candace

    the only thing rush has right is that mccain shouldnt be president RON PAUL should! He is the only real conservative in this race. He is the modern day Thomas Jefferson. Wake up people!

    January 31, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Bob

    Rush has this precisely WRONG. McCain has a very conservative record. He is the choice of conservatives, and not the choice of the Republican establishment. Limbaugh is so entrenched in the good ole' boy establishment that he can't see the difference between everyday conservatives and who he has become. The Republican establishment is no longer conservative; it is fiscally irresponsible and socially radical. McCain might be the first Rep. presidential candidate I vote for. He has character and integrity. Rush is a small man by comparison.

    January 31, 2008 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Richard Taylor

    Is it me or does it seem that one of the prerequisites for being a conservative talking head one has to be nasty! Ref: Ann Coulter, Sean Hannity & Combs, Bill O'Reilly and of course the poster boy of the right blowhards Rush Limbaugh? What has happened to civility? Where are the normal Conservative Republicans? There has to be some around. Why have they let their party be hijacked by the lunatic fringe? It's not only the media have you ever watched Mitch McConnell? He is a nasty little man, Tom Delay,Dick Armey, all seemingly cast from the same mold. Everything about the Republican party has been a sham lately, family values, the party of God SEN Craig,SEN Vitter and just on and on.
    Just one person's observations!

    January 31, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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