January 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
7 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

Filed under: John McCain • Rush Limbaugh
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  1. Peter

    Poor Rush. It is kind of interesting to imagine what conservative radio and TV is going to do. I suspect their will be a lot of crying. Lot's of opinion rants but few interviews or real access anymore as their buddies aren't the ones in control.

    January 30, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Mike M.

    A bashing by Rush is a great compliment to McCain.

    January 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  3. Claire

    Who cares what the conservatives and Limbaugh think? Their influence is responsible for destroying our country. Time for them to go away and shut up.

    January 30, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  4. John G, New York, NY

    Hmmm....We should listen to Rush. After all, if there is one person who is an expert on identifying political "fractures" and "divisions" – its him.

    Hopefully, the Democratic and Republican nominees (whoever they turn out to be) will recognize the same painful fractures and divisions that are tearing at America (not just the Republican Party) – and work to mend and heal them – not exploit them for fame and profit like Rush has done.

    January 30, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  5. shaun

    Look who's talking..If anyone has a fracture it's you limbaugh. I remember the mid ninities. How you were instrumental in uniting one of the worst congresses in american history. Your contract with america was a contract for the rich and the lobbyist. You and your republicans stood for electing staunch, greedy, and insensitive crones to power for the goal of achieving individual power. You my friend are a disgrace to america....

    Your views are sci-fi, and your an a-1 idiot

    January 30, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Earl

    I had almost forgot that this guy had any relevance anymore. Who are we talking about again? Oh right ... Rush O'Reillly ... err ... Sean Hannibaugh ... err ... Rushanne Coluter?

    This is hard ...

    January 30, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. joe



    January 30, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. Jaden, McAllen, TX

    Limbaugh is right – the right is disconnect and discontented!

    January 30, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Jim ( Independent )

    Limbaugh is an Idiot and so are the people that listen to him.

    January 30, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  10. Matt

    CNN seems to forget John McCain won two very Republican states. It does matter he didn't carry the 'conservative' vote- the point is he won among Republicans.

    Limbaugh and his 'conservative' buddies will complain and criticize McCain because he will not bow down to their demands. Maybe McCain critics should be nice to him so the Senator will consider tossing them a bone when he's president.

    January 30, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Hey, it's the right-wing neocon that should be shut down and shut up!

    January 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  12. mebeI

    Rush is a jerk – always has been, always will be

    January 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  13. Mike

    The base isn't fractured, moderate Republicans are simply taking their party back from the extreme right wing.

    January 30, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  14. Christian, Tampa FL

    Good. We can relax now that we know that Limbaugh and all the other ultraconservative crazies are going to be upset in January 2009 no matter what.

    January 30, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. gene

    Claire- No, let him rant and rave, all he will be able to do is destroy McCain with the right wing nuts of the republican party. They deserve each other. One has jumped in the pocket of Bush and the other has always been half way crazy..

    January 30, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. kerry d

    if rush and hannity want the democrats to win then they can easily help it happen. it is almost as though they would like that so they can say i told you so. shame on them. would they consider the insult to our fallen soldiers?

    January 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  17. David

    A wingnut frothing at the mouth is a beautiful sight.

    January 30, 2008 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. independent 08

    Booo hoooo cry me a river Rush... I kind of feel pity for the lunatic though, they fractured his beloved conservative base now he has a liberal at the forefront of his party!!!! Well the rest of level headed America says take heart Rush, you can still dream about Fred Thompson and Mitt the mormon.

    Rush, Hannity and Glen Beck should be all placed on suicide watch immediately, this is a terrible day for talk radio looneys.

    January 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  19. stan pitts pa

    the republican party has been fractured for a while, i think they will lose this election!

    January 30, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  20. Chris

    Man, this is great. I think we could run an actual donkey against the GOP and still win! After growing up under Ronny Reagan, life couldn't be more sweeter than this! 🙂

    January 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  21. mzcmt


    January 30, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |

    Hey Rush – I feel yer pain!!! But it's nuthin' a handful of someone else's Viagra and a trip to Thailand can't fix! Why dontcha bring Papa Bear O'Reilly and a basket full of loofas with ya! Enloy!

    January 30, 2008 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  23. SRM

    The "base" that Limbaugh is talking about is the "base" that has divided and ruined this country. I think he's just seeing his influence whither. Makes me like McCain even more, even though I'm a D.

    January 30, 2008 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  24. Brad

    Of course they are fractured. The disastrous results of their leadership are laid bare for all to see now, no matter how much the mainstream media tries to gloss it over. Lies can accomplish a lot, we see in in Iraq. But they can only hide the truth for so long.

    January 30, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  25. NickNas

    hmmm Did you complain like this when he was BAshing the Hell out of everthing that was said proposed or THOUGHT about that was done by democrats for over a decade??

    Russ is old news but it is funny how people turned on hin when he aims his crap at a republican.

    January 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
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