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


Filed under: John McCain • Rush Limbaugh
soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. Russ

    Guess it's time for more painkillers!

    January 30, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  2. pam,s.c.

    yeah he is not a conservative because he's not fiscally irresponsible . the bridge to nowhere. go mccain

    January 30, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  3. John Bloom

    Rush Limbaugh does NOT speak for all Conservatives, JUST the establishment types, like George Bush (both of them). Rush attacked Pat Buchanan when he opposed NAFTA (Not aA FAIR Trade Agreement), and when he ran against the Public (Bob) Dole. I will be BURNING my copy of his book "The Way Things Outta Be", and I suggest other Conservatives, do the same and TUNE HIM OUT.

    The Conservative Base is NOT Fractured, just the COUNTRY CLUB REPUBLICANS that Rush represents.

    January 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  4. Ken

    Rush, Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Michelle Malkin, Ann Coulter, and all the other right-wing nuts have done more to poison the political climate of this country in the past decade than almost anything else. (Only the ones with real power have done worse - as in the Bush/Cheney duo). Anyway, it's about time their vitriolic poison be splashed back on them!

    I'm also sure Rupert Murdoch and the folks at Fox News are having an identity crisis right about now!

    January 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  5. Jacon Nielson

    McCain is three times the man that George W. Bush is. Limbaugh may be right that the conservative base has fractured, but that means absolutely nothing when the alternative is to fracture our entire country.

    January 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  6. Brenda

    That's right. I am a conservative Republican and I will NEVER support McCain. I am a Romney supporter and I am furious about the lies he's been telling about Romney these past several days and weeks. I thought the economy and securing our borders were issues? Is everyone going to roll over on this? A person has to have convictions and I would be untrue to myself if I voted for McCain. If McCain is our nomination I will be WRITING in another name....Romney!

    January 30, 2008 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  7. Tom (Pittsburgh)

    Rush Limbaugh is a genius. You small-minded haters on here don't have the mental capacity to realize that he is 99.9% right 99.9% of the time.
    Go ahead....vote for Clinton and kiss away your income.

    Romney for Pres!

    January 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. barbara

    If McCain wins the nomination, I see alot of people switching parties.,

    January 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  9. Emma

    Limbaugh? He should have been banished to a small island in the Pacific long, long ago (although I would hate to inflict that on the Pacific). Get him off the airways at least.

    (I'M FOR HILLARY)

    January 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. JD

    Rush Limbaugh needs to shut up.

    January 30, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  11. SteelerAz

    John McCain has stated that Roe v Wade should not be abolished. He claims to be of Reagan lineage. Read Reagan's Conscience of a Nation about abortion. Did not support the Bush tax cuts. McCain Feingold, now that's some reform. And I think he said anyone that is opposes the illegals in this country are racicts. Oh and don't forget he supported the death tax. I don't think I want to be a modrate.

    January 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  12. Amy

    The Republicans will win the election, no matter how fractured they might be, because the Democrats are even more fractured, as indicated by the disenfranchisement of the democratic voters in Michigan and Florida BY DEMOCRATS!

    January 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Ronald

    If the loony tunes fringe right don't like McCain, then I feel a lot more comfortable with him.
    I want a candidate that wants what is good for all the citizens and not one so indebted to mind-warped power brokers with a narrow morality agenda that Emperor Bush would be their only candidate.

    January 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  14. Jaik , chicago, IL

    Limbaugh is as demented as ever. The GOP's only hope of winning the Presidency after the mind numbing failure on every front by the Neo-Con Christian presidency, is to bring a triangulating figure like McCain to do to the GOP what Bill Clinton did for the Dems in 92. McCain can win some undecided voters and some disaffected Dems, where Clinton alienates all GOP voters and most independants, and half of her own party. McCain can take the presidency easilly over either Dem candidate, and once that is done, it really matters little what he thinks or does, the GOP will be able to hold power and use it's advisers and staff to make the McCain they want, and even more importantly, present the list of Supreme Court nominees for the next couple of openings.

    January 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  15. Dave

    Not a Rush fan, but I agree whole-heartedly. I will never vote for McCain.

    January 30, 2008 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. Carmen

    Let's hope that Moderates do take back control of the Republican Party. I define "Moderates" as those people who have respect for the U.S. Constitution, who take responsibility to live as Jesus advises, and who have some grasp of economics and geo-politics.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful if Thad Allen, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant could run for President? Remember those pictures of New Orleans rescues? He certainly has the administrative experience and security clearance necessary.

    January 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  17. vwcat

    His party's base may be fractured but, mine will be as well if the democrats nominate the Clintons.
    His party is not the only one who would be unhappy with the nominee. So, despite the excitement and large turnouts in the primaries, the general would be very low.
    And depressed.
    The only difference is that his party had a bunch of dull and silly old men running while the democratic voters simply cannot give up their addiction to the Clintons even though they know it would be very bad for the country.
    I am hoping Feb. 5th proves that the democrats are serious about winning and rejects the destructiveness of the Clintons.

    January 30, 2008 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  18. cazart

    As always, El Rushbo uses precious oxygen to promote...El Rushbo. Always has, always will.

    Also, he's a big, fat idiot.

    January 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Pony

    Rush Limbaugh is out of touch and irrelevant.

    Not one Republican truly knows what the word "conservative" means... either fiscally (record spending, more than the "Liberals") and socially becoming more and more invasive to the populus...can you say "Patriot Act"? How about eavesdropping on the citizenry? Waterboarding? American torture on foreign soil? How about holding people at Guantanamo without DUE PROCESS? Exactly what are they trying to sell to the rest of the world? THIS is Conservatism? THIS is DEMOCRACY? THIS is what the REST of the world should do?

    Rush, your time has past. You are an irrelevant gas bag. Have another roofie and go lie down, Americans are smarter than that... an YOU.

    January 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. JOEL

    I'm a conservative who says who cares what Rush Limbaugh cares or even thinks? He has never spoken for me. Rush attempts to articulate conservative rhetoric but he is merely a radio entertainer who seeks ratings and money.

    January 30, 2008 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Steve

    Mr. Limbaugh is wrong to conclude that the Republican candidates are "uninspiring." The excesses of the current Administration have marginalized the Conservative Far Right. Republicans will nominate McCain precisely because he does NOT the type of candidate that inspires Mr. Limbaugh.

    January 30, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. westg

    So rush is right and everyone else in the republican party is wrong

    January 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  23. W M Los Angeles California

    This primate of a man with his holier than thou talk is an expert on what is fractured in this country as he only adds to it. The divisive talk that he spews does nothing when it comes to helping this country move forward especially when it comes to social issues.
    I've come to realize that progress can be slowed but not stopped which over time has caused me less resentment for him along with the likes of Bill Oreilly. After all man hasn't always walked up right, and while the U.S. is no longer the leader of the world that is once was it's good knowing these idiots are mostly legends in their own minds although they sadly do have a following of like minded baffoons.

    January 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Steve

    Why does ANYONE pay attention to Rush Limbaugh? He is the type of American who "loves" America and hates 95% of the people in it. Why do conservatives allow him to claim that he "speaks for conservatives?" He is not a model of family values, and he is hypocritical; i.e., witness his drug problem. True conservatives don't hate others as Limbaugh does. How dare he question the moral authority of John McCain, a war hero ? Limbaugh is a "divider," and we should listen to people who try to UNITE Americans.

    January 30, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  25. LOU

    Rush , What a Moron, and a divider,I had enough of these conservatives with there lies, Free trade is good LIE, the economy is LIE, Wake up USA!

    January 30, 2008 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
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