January 30th, 2008
07:00 PM ET
3 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. Rash Limpone

    You 'conservatives' really need to watch Law & Order tonight.

    January 30, 2008 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  2. Caleb

    No matter who wins we are screwed.
    There will be another terrorist attack and then what?
    Health care, the stock market, social security, etc., will all fall apart.
    Hopefully someone will be around in 2012 to fix all this.

    January 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  3. John Bloomington Indiana

    Your right Rush..it's fractured and gladly so...you make me sick by the way Mr. Conservative..family values hypoctite, non vet man...the typical neo-con.
    The problem really is that good people took your garbage seriously.
    That's how we got people like Bush and his pals from the AEI inside government anyway.
    You and your ilk have caused this country great harm.

    January 30, 2008 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. JW

    REAGAN CONSERVATIVES KNOW THAT JOHN MCCAIN IS MASQUERADING AS A REPUBLICAN , IN REALITY HE IS A LIBERAL IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING

    January 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  5. Patriot

    Don't worry, no one cares what this white trash hillbilly has to say. Ignore him and he'll go away.

    January 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  6. Bill Morris

    Let Rush run, so we can see the REAL definition of fractured!

    January 30, 2008 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  7. B Houff

    I guess everyone is entitled to his point of view and has the right to express–unless you are Rush Limbaugh. If you are, then you should be taken off the air, sent to an island, and made to suffer insults and indignities, based upon your opinion.

    I am dismayed and distressed at the level of vitriol against a mere radio personality. Very little true discussion on the threads above.

    January 30, 2008 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  8. Logan, Huntington, West Virginia

    Rush fractured the Conservatives. His scaremongering and bullying are not what Conservatives stand for, and this is coming from a Liberal. It would be best for everyone if Rush just crawled in a cave and never opened his mouth again.

    January 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. Paul C, Palmetto Bay, FL

    If anyone deserves to be fractured it is the conservatives.
    When I look at the last 7 years of conservative power I cry for my poor country.
    We have a never ending war, on the way to a $10 trillion deficit. condoned torture of alledged enemies and the ridicule of the world.
    This is the group that sys water boarding is not torture but will not demonstrate it for us.

    January 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  10. Mike Allen

    Rush is right. The GOP has fractured. Maybe compound fractured. The working people of America used to work boring factory jobs for twenty five years so that hey could buy a home, feed a family and retire with a modest pension. Now our politicians have sent all these jobs overseas to chinese slave labor and tell the American workers to re train to flip burgers. Meanwhile the Corporate Billionairs like Romney get richer and richer. And the GOP wants our loyalty?

    January 30, 2008 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  11. Paul

    People can call other people negative names and feel good about themselves. They do this because they don't know how to discuss IDEAS. If you don't like Limbaugh and Hannity and other conservatives, so be it, debate them on the merit of their ideas, don't be intellectually lazy and call them names. If Limbaugh and other conservatives don't like McCain then it shows their ideas lost. McCain means a new direction for the Republican Party, a direction last followed by Eisenhower. I for one am ready to follow in the direction that McCain is leading. As the saying goes , "lead , follow or get the hell out of the way." McCain is leading and the conservatives need to follow or get the hell out of the way.

    January 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  12. Ohio

    . . .can't believe anyone would still listen to this guy.

    January 30, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. Boomerscout

    For what he helped do to this country, he needs to wear a hair shirt and make a long pilgrimage. Oh, and an apology wouldn't hurt. Something on the order of , "Hi, my name is Rush and I'm a recovering neo-con and I'm so sorry for the hurt I've done to the body politic."

    January 30, 2008 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. Toni

    I won't vote for John McCain. He supports the war in iraq.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  15. John

    Oh, and Rush is entertainment. Occasionally very funny entertainment, but not someone that anyone should take seriously. Heck, his personal life is just slightly less of a train wreck than Britney Spears'.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  16. steve

    Rush knows on which side his bread is buttered. A McCain presidency will not offer him nearly as good a target as will either Democrat. Without a Democrat in the White House to bash, his irrelevant fulminations will be listened to by fewer and fewer people.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  17. Cephas

    - Idiots!

    You guys don't get it do you? Rush, Sean and Glenn have the most to gain by a Democratic victory in November. 4 years (at least) of all 3 branches of Government headed by leftist Democrats or if McCain wins, 2 controlled by leftest-Democrats and an Exectutive Branch run by a Democrat wanna be. Nothing would be better for their ratings than a Democratic victory in Nov. A McCain victory would come a close second. It be like 4 years of Christmas presents for them.

    They've staked their livelihoods on bashing the left and its furtile ground to be sure. If Hilary or Obama get the Oval Office in November, by Feburary '09 Rush's show will be getting its highest ratings ever.

    The fact that they even bother speaking out against McCain proves that it isn't ALL about business and ratings for them. Sure a large part of it is, but not all.

    There is one possible exception. Sean, Carl Cameron and Fox News may actually be McCain supporters.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  18. Mike

    Really – who cares what Limbaugh thinks. He is obviously as delusional off pills as he was on them to think our opinion of him is as high as his opinion of him.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  19. Ronald E. A.

    If I didn't find rush's remarks about Mr. McCain so offensive, I would most definitely find them laughable. ANYTHING that rush has to say about Mr. McCain has to be tempered by the fact that Mr. McClain fought for his country in a literal sense. Where was rush when it was time for him to serve his country? Take a guess. As far as I can tell the only fighting rush has done in his life is to find where he can purchase his next supply of pain medication. That certainly has to be difficult, doesn't it? rush limbaugh is not worthy of sniffing Mr. McCain's jock-strap much less wearing it. rush is a beacon of everything that is wrong in this country. I understand that wishing he would go away isn't going to work and I surely hope that maybe, just maybe, a "conservative" intervention might grant me (and millions of others) that wish. Go away, rush. Better yet, rush away.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  20. I used to be a Democrat

    Does anybody really listen to Rush? Does Rush even listen to Rush? What a sad, pathetic man.

    January 30, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Rich In Seattle

    I'd be upset if Rush was on his side. The fact that Rush is against McCain is a huge endorsement in my opinion. People like Rush are exactly what is wrong with this country.

    January 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  22. Marti, San Diego CA

    Wow...glad to see so many of you people are capable of such intelligent thought. Goodness, now I understand why McCain is winning. His supporters are the smartest people around.

    Perhaps that's why the majority of people in FL who named the economy as their biggest concern voted for McAmnesty. I mean, hey, that makes sense to me.

    Anyone, anyone at all, explain that one to me. They voted for a guy who openly admits (at least until he lied in the debate last week) that he doesn't know much about the economy over a guy who has time and time again demonstrated a great handling on business and economics.

    January 30, 2008 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  23. Bill San Diego

    Rush I hate to say this in public but you and your radical followers
    scare the hell out of me .

    January 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  24. Richard Taylor

    Rush "to write a prescription" Limbaugh, the biggest bag of wind this country has ever produced!!! Tha really sad thing is that so many people are taken in by this bombastic blowhard!!!!

    January 30, 2008 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  25. Donna

    Limbaugh is ridiculous, entertainment at best, certainly not someone that I pay attention to. Who cares what he thinks.

    January 30, 2008 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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