January 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
8 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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    independent 08, hey idiot, what is it with "Mitt the mormon" remark! what does his religion have to do anything you athiest moron!

    The libs best friend in the republican side of the house is lib insane McCain, he is a liar and lib loving idiot. Romney will recover, Hickupbee is just staying in it to take votes from Romney, Hickupbee the hick will be rewarded the VP nomination if old man insane McCain wins, god forbid if he does. If he wins, then the fools that voted for him deserve what you get!!

    Romney 08!

    January 30, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  2. Steve

    At what point did the ultraconservative right wing claim ownership to the title conservative? To state that McCain is not conservative is a poor attempt to label a solid conservative Republican.

    January 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  3. Dustin

    Yes because the liberals have all of the answers. I agree that change is needed in our government today yet, there isn't anybody that is worth anything. More people will vote in the primaries then come time for election of president. Candidates on both sides are seriously flawed.

    January 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Doug, Denver, Colorado

    The myth of a Republican base that centers on the likes of Rush Limbaugh is finally being broken. That extremist group that hijacked our party after Ronald Regan and stole the soul of our nation is finally being put in its place. The Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal that are its bastard children can never be allowed to reign again.

    January 30, 2008 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  5. Charlie Wood

    What part of Limbaugh's statement is incorrect?

    January 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  6. Alan Berry

    So much for "Excellence in Broadcasting."

    January 30, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Chuck

    Rush does not know what he is talking about. McCain has tried to work with both sides of isle to get things done and Rush does not like this approach. Rush would prefer constant grid lock and bickering. Rush is like a kid in a toy store who does not get what he wants and starts to cry. Get over it Rush people do not want another George Bush in office and Ronald Reagan is long gone. McCain is the best choice for President.

    January 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. Lance, Beaverton, OR

    I thought the Republican "machine" didn't like McCain because he is a "Maverick"? Color me confused on what story line I should be following.

    January 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  9. Dave-o, Honolulu HI

    It seems to me, if Rush, Hannity and the other blow hard O'Reilly are against him, he must be ok. I love it when neocons begin to eat their own. The entire Republican party is a joke. They're all a bunch of racist, pill-popping, homophobic, hypocritical nit wits. When asked "What would Jesus do? He'd drive the lot of them out of the temple.

    January 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  10. Carrie


    January 30, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Douglas

    When a life-long Consitutionalist like Ron Paul is ignored, expect tyranny to be the result regardless of who is elected.

    January 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  12. John Pilon

    Rush doesn't realize his "conservative" Bush is responsible for the destruction of the Republican party by
    1. Allowing the religious right to hijack the party.
    2. Uncontrolled spending coupled with tax cuts.
    3. Foreign misadventures .
    4. Disregarding constitutional rights of Americans.
    5. Fostering an us vs. them polarity among Americans.
    6. Fear mongering.

    January 30, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  13. Bill

    It was the backlash form Clinton's penal exploits that put George W. Bush in the White House to start with.

    January 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  14. From Miami with love

    Rush Limbaugh and the conservatives are the biggest joke of the 21st century and here is why. The conservatives call moderate republicans RINO’s (Republican in Name Only) and consider RINO’s to be nothing more than liberals, but in every general election for president when a staunch conservative like Gary Bauer, Alan Keys or Patrick Buchanan have ran for the office of president who did the conservatives support the RINO. Then once the RINO get in office the conservatives attempt to twist the RINO’s arm to appoint conservative judges. I would like Rush and the conservative to tell me and the rest of the United States why should anyone support a conservative for president when conservative will not support the conservative candidate.

    January 30, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. Dave Meccariello

    Rush is irrelevant any more. No one respects him except his most rabid fascist fans

    January 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  16. Jo, ATL GA


    They had a chance to spread their ideas but they choose to bring down Hillary. Now they have nothing to stand on. I love this. Now they hate their own front running. This tells you they are a party of hate.

    They don't care about anyone but themselves. it is business for Rush and Hennedy pure business. As long as they make money. They know McCain will not spend his money on their radio stations....

    Go McCain they can't stop you now.

    January 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  17. Sturat

    Poor big fat sweaty baby!

    January 30, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  18. tomc

    The Republican Party has followed Mr. Limbaugh over several cliffs (military, economic, and constitutional) over the past 8 years. What is fractured is his relevance–to both political parties and a country that has had its fill of narcisstic "personalities" during the past 4 incompetent presidential terms.

    January 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  19. Gordo

    The "Conservative Base" isn't fractured, it's just a lot smaller than Rush thinks it is.

    January 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  20. paula monroe nc

    I remember Rush deriding women for having the temerity to ask for equal pay and rights-"lesbos who were wrecking our country". We are done with hateful, spiteful people Rush, so go back to the lunatic fringe and keep spouting hate. Sad that when you die, that will be your only legacy.

    January 30, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  21. John

    I'm a conservative, and I'd rather vote for Obama than McCain. If liberal policies are going to hurt America, I hope it happens under a Democrat. And if Obama can really unite America, bury racism and inspire our youth, I'm willing to lose the war in Iraq and pay higher taxes for the privilege of seeing that happen.

    January 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  22. Bubba

    I'm probably one of those "conservatives" that Limbaugh speaks about. Oh, I listen to Limbaugh-I listen to him lie on a daily basis-just to make sure I never forget how Limbaugh has misled good people for many years. Bush and the Republicans had 6 years to deliver on their "promises". They delivered a war and a recession. Bush tax cuts? Ain't seen it in my family. A secure border? Where is it? The terror threat, again we have a wide open border so show me the terrorists. Limbaugh is a traitor to the Constitution and Liberty. I doubt any of us will live long enough to ever see a Republican elected president again.

    January 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  23. American first

    It's time for a moderate to be in the office, whether Democrat or Republican. I think many Americans feel this way. This "unendorsement" will likely get McCain more votes, not less.

    January 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. Len, Fallbrook, CA

    Tough choices this election cycle...

    We may have two Dems/Liberals on the ticket this fall...

    Hillary from the far left and John from the not so far left.....

    January 30, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  25. steve

    Poor Rush,

    He must be off his pain medication....

    January 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
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