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. Chris, Bethesda, Maryland

    Screw Limbaugh and the rat he rode in on. McCain, "the choice of the Republican establishment?" He's given them a bigger headache in the last decade than all the Democrats thrown together. And where does he get off slinging mud at them? Anyone remember who he was backing in the nineties? You don't get much more "establishment" than Newt Gingrich.

    January 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Barry

    Perhaps the great unwashed have tired of hate radio and the constant mocking of everything and anything that does not fit that agenda? I pray for the day when we elect a President based on what's best for the United States as a whole, and not what's best for "our" side. And as far as Rush, Hannity, and the rest of the hate mongers, have no fear. They'll continue to peddle their venom regardless of the outcome. They truly could care less what happens to America as long as they make their ratings.

    January 30, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. josh stone

    Who cares what Rush thinks......he is a pill popping idiot. I never did like that guy. He is nothing but a bag full of hot gas....shut up Rush and just go away!!

    January 30, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. Big Bill, Boise, Idaho

    Borat Obama really shines as the REPUBLICAN FRONT RUNNER!!!



    January 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. newz4i

    Limbaugh used his Pilonidal Cyst (an abscess in the natal cleft – more commonly referred to as your butt crack) to skip wearing the uniform on order to avoid service in Vietnam.

    After all these years hopefully the thing, carrying half his brain, will ... f i n a l l y ... pop.

    January 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Gil - California

    Rush (as in man, what a rush) aren't you late for your medication?

    You are only attacking McCain because you are a puppit of Mitt, just like that other knucklehead Glen Beck.

    January 30, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  7. Rick, Atlanta, GA

    Its obvious that there are moderates in the Republican party who support McCain and ultraconservatives who opposes him. I happen to be a moderate who is overjoyed to see the Republican party move more towards the middle. I would actually love to see the moderate elements of both the Republican and Democratic parties split from their respective fringe elements and form a new "Moderate" political party that takes the middle ground. Leave the Republican party to the Rush Limbaughs and the right wingers, and the Democratic party to the Ted Kennedys and the left wingers. The Moderate party could support things that are good for the country rather than just good for the party, and maybe something other than bickering and infighting could be accomplished in Washington.

    January 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. RCD WA

    Rush, go back to abusing painkillers and leave politics to people who know what they're talking about.

    January 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  9. Ron Smyth, CA

    Why is Rush Limbaugh pictured in a collared shirt and jacket ? Where are the combat fatigues and helmet ? Didn't he enlist in the Army immediately after our country invaded Iraq, and gladly ship overseas to prove he's not "all talk" ???

    January 30, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. Eric Siegel

    I'm shocked to see that after all of Rush Limbaugh's hypocritical behavior he's still got the chutzpah to come out as a conservative critic of anybody and that a serious news organization would cover it as interesting or newsworthy. This guy is a total joke. And the idea that you would write a story about him is an even bigger one.

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

    If Rush Limbaugh is crying in his beer, the country is moving in the RIGHT direction. I may not vote for McCain but I do respect him.

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

    One of the drawbacks of freedom of speech is that we're subjected to mindless rants by bloviating idiots like Rush Limbaugh.

    This man has to be one of the most divisive and hypocritical individuals to live in this great country, and the sad thing is that there's a percentage of the population who actually believes and supports what he has to say!

    I am hopeful that the Dems will take the White House, just to watch people like Rush go insane for the next 4 years. However, if it's McCain, it will be almost as enjoyable.

    January 30, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Big Al

    All you posters are laying out some heavy intellectual musings. Sounds like the typical liberal diatribe – all blow, no substance.

    January 30, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Wayland Yan

    Rush Limbaugh,

    Whenever Cheney or Bush ever needed to make their case for starting the Iraq War, cutting funding for education and health care to children and the elderly, legalize torture, etc.; Limbaugh's show would be on top of their list to help spew their poison.

    Limbaugh was for warrantless search and seizure until the FBI raided his home and found illicit prescription drugs. The same guy who said Detroit was more dangerous than Baghdad at the start of the Iraq War and the Abu Graib torture scandal was no big deal until the pictures came out. To call Rush Limbaugh a "Big Fat Idiot" would be a gross understatement. The man is a racist hate monger and the people who listen to him are as dimwitted as he is.

    January 30, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  15. Backbone_checker

    I am very surprised the whole Republican establishment has thrown Republican values out. Shame on Republican voters to merely base their decision on whether someone could beat Clinton based on liberal media polls. If voters had any backbone, they would have voted in a conservative and then fought out for a win. McCain Republcan Presidency is a sign that the party has lost to liberal values, not to Clinton. It is a long term loss for a short term gain.

    January 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  16. Sue, Greensboro, NC

    This blubbering gas bag of a blimp is still relevant....how? The only people I know who still listen to him haven't heard of FM radio yet, much less the internet.

    January 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  17. jc

    McCain has nothing to worry about. Rush is irrelevant. The conservative base is weak because the conservative message is weak. America is ready to move on.

    January 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  18. Robert Bell

    Rush Limbaugh is still relevant?

    I mean, relevant outside of his support base of 40-something single, overweight pasty-faced white men with mustaches and goatees, who work in computer-related fields and drive tiny cars plastered with right-wing bumper-stickers.

    Can't win the Presidency without that important demographic!

    I tuned into Rush Limbaugh once, hoping to hear some interesting conservative discussion and thought.

    Boy, was I disappointed! Not only was there lack of any discussion, there was darn little thought.

    Just some fat guy selling neckties and calling Hillary names.

    OK, well the calling Hillary names part was funny.

    But that was about it.

    So much for "Excellence in Broadcasting"

    When you see Rush, ask him about his Vietnam War experience. 😉

    January 30, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  19. Peter

    I can't express the glee I have in seeing Rush froth at the mouth. It's about time someone came along to hopefully make Rush, Hannity, and O'Reilly irrelevant.
    But Rush is jumping the gun. Even if the conservatives do not like McCain they will hold their nose and vote for him over Oama or Hillary.
    This ain't over yet.

    January 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. mb

    the party is not fractured. people have finally turned their backs on idiots like Rush Limbaugh.

    January 30, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  21. Dave from Oregon

    This couldn't happen to a nicer party. They were wrong about so many things over the last 8 years and this nation has paid the price.

    Conservatism has failed. Look at the economy.

    Neo-conservatism has failed. Look at our position in the world.

    It is time to move on from these failed philosphies just like eastern Europe has moved on from commmunism.

    January 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. Linda

    Wow, I'm a registered Republican and I did not even realize there was a "Republican Establishment" separate from "conservatives." I thought we were all conservative. Interesting.

    January 30, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. lynwood sibley

    you people just don't understand that the American people just want a president who understands justice for all and John and the Huck fill the bill not the Masonic bunch that has been or will be-thanks Lynn

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

    laughable limbaugh

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

    Who cares what a drug addict like Limbaugh thinks?

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