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
soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. JM

    And--let's do it Rushs' way. Start a few more wars and lead this country into a deeper recession. Thanks GW!

    January 30, 2008 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  2. G Louis

    I am amazed at the lack of knowledge and name calling by the response posted. It is truly unfortunate that these people vote.

    January 30, 2008 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  3. Lenny

    You hippacritc pill popping clown ENDORSE JOHN MCCAIN You need to wake up and come back out of the clouds

    January 30, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  4. Mark C, Asheville NC

    *** I listened to Hannity today. He did a complete 180 on Mccain. He admitted that he was wrong on several points and that McCain was ahead of the curve. ***

    Haha, rats leaving the sinking USS Romney, sounds like. I guess being flexible in your views comes in as handy for Romney supporters as it does for Romney himself.

    January 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  5. Christian

    Anytime Limbaugh is upset about anything, the American public should be happy in response

    January 30, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  6. Chris

    Does anyone really care what Rush thinks? This is yet again another failed attempt by Rush to push himself into the limelight. When you look at this up close, what it comes down to is Rush and the rest of the talking heads attempting to use psychology to persuade people into following what they believe. As usual, Rush and his drug induced rantings are full of half truths and falsehoods. Fracture or not, people are sick of the talking heads and this so called conservative talk radio. It really does not matter what happens, either way, Rush will never be happy.

    January 30, 2008 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  7. Norman

    It's hard for me to agree with Rush but he is absolutely right. For the past 7+ years his Party has turned a positive into a negative. This administration is the worst in United States History. So why should this group of candidates be any better. However, since I am a Navy Combat Vietnam Veteran I will give Senator McCain is due. He spent years as a POW in North Vietnam.

    I was on the USS Constellation (CV-64) that relieved the Forrestal on Yankee Station after the disasterous fire in 1967. I believe the Forrestal was Senator McCains ship.

    Norman (Maryland)

    January 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. Slim

    While CNN feels the need to share Rush's opinion, I recommend the country ignore political commentary from racist, drug addicted liars.

    January 30, 2008 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  9. Justin

    Was that said before or after he took his meds. Rush is an arrogrant, hypocritical, obnoxious, ingnorant, pill popper.

    January 30, 2008 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. S. Bruno

    Typical, empty, irrelevant, meaningless responses from both the true lefties and from the sheep who don't know any better. How about actually addressing some of the words used in the article? Honestly, most of you didn't even both reading the piece and it shows. How sad.

    January 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  11. Ken P.

    The more Limbaugh talks about and complains about John McCain, the higher his poll numbers go.

    January 30, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. D-MT

    Well a while back Limbaugh said he liked Obama....does his opinion really matter that much?

    January 30, 2008 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  13. Judy

    If those like CNN would finally figure out that John & Jane Q Public could care less about what this windbag has to say- on any topic, maybe he would just go away... fading away into the sunset at last.
    However, on this one phrase I must (for the very first time) agree with him:
    [The GOP] + "uninspiring candidates"... very accurate. And I'm neither Rep or Dem.

    January 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  14. Joe

    Remind me why we should listen to anything Limbaugh has to say for the conservatives? That's like trying to value Howard Stern for the Liberals. It's a new day in America – lets get new media.

    January 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  15. Richard

    I used to vote republican but NEVER again. They are all big ol war mongerers.

    Vote Obama 08

    January 30, 2008 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Paul Brewer

    Why in the world does anybody care about what this indulgent, corpulent, pain-killer junkie, blowhard says about anything? Limbaugh is king of the losers in my estimation.

    Conversely, John McCain is a good and courageous man who served our country with honor. Limbaugh didn't serve this country for even one day in the armed services of the United States of America (he was 4-F, I know, but he could have found a way to serve – many people have who are 4-F – Limbaugh didn't).

    Please, people – ignore Limbaugh. He's got it all wrong about McCain.

    January 30, 2008 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  17. Nathan, Melbourne, Victoria

    Rush is a Right-wing extremist, not a Conservative. A Conservative doesn't support deficit budgets, nor a radical interventionist foreign policy.

    January 30, 2008 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. Alex

    George W Bush has not had anything close to a conservative administration, and he is chided daily by Rush for excessive spending and expansion of government programs. To say the last eight years is a reason to reject conservatism is moronic. Bush is a liberal, but McCain is a downright socialist and would destroy the country more than Clinton or Obama would.

    January 30, 2008 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  19. eddie

    These are interesting comments juxtaposed to those about Hillary Clinton on other stories. Those against Hillary attacked her plans and her past decisions.These are filled with personal attacks on Limbaugh: pill popping, fat, blowhard, etc. etc. Very few comments that were not personal attacks on him, his past, or his girth. I guess Liberals are short on policy issues to debate, so they go for the cheap shots. Do you all not have an intelligent argument to offer? I am not a Rush fan, but I know zero-substance arguments when I read them. Do his drug addiction issues even add to the discussion? Even Rush left Gore's son alone after his DUI. Stick to the issues, Liberals.

    I teach middle school, so I hear students make the comments all the time, "He sucks. She's a wench," with very little substance behind the comment. They just parrot what they hear others say without any thought.

    Come on, CNN moderator, let substance through–not crap.

    January 30, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  20. Michael

    Rush Limbaugh is a pathetic loser who is trying to make excuses for the plain fact that the vast majority of Americans simply don't subscribe to the conservative right-wing agenda. Give it up, Rush. Nobody take you seriously any more.

    January 30, 2008 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  21. Theresa

    You are right Caleb, in 2012 civilization as we know it will end no matter who is president, I guess it was meant to be for a moron to be president the past 8 years. Sad sad...wake up people!!

    January 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  22. Miguelo

    I think that, in general, the people of the US is tired of the GOP . There are so many blunders done in the past 8 years, so much hyprocresy of seudo religious leaders that the GOP nurtured and so much mismanegement plus pure neglect of the poor of the nation e,g. the federal govt response to the victims of Hurricane Katrina that there is a fatigue that makes a guy like John McCain the most likely candidate for November because there's nobody else available.

    January 30, 2008 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  23. Chris, Jacksonville

    How can an intelligent, rational, thinking human being take Limbaugh seriously?

    How low are his fan's standards?

    Think for yourselves, sheep!!

    January 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  24. Steve, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

    This is great news! Rush is saying that the party will lose with McCain as the nominee and he will lose. But not for the reasons that Rush states. People are tired of the holier than thou crowd and McCain himself has turned into a holier than thou Republican. How could a true conservative vote for a man who ha been divorced and remarried.... What a bunch of hyprocrites! McCain is know for his temper and is running around kissing GW's butt and promising to be a good Republican sure will not help win any independents. If you like the last 7years of Bush then vote for McCain. because that is what you will get. If the Democrats can keep a high voter turn out for the general election that has been shown so far in the early staes. the Repubs will not win .. period.. They already will lose McCain's seat should he be lucky to win as Gov.Janet Napolotano of Arizona is a Democrat and would appoint a successor to fill out his term. Either way the Dems win this fall.

    January 30, 2008 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  25. Midlo1

    If McCain is elected, "Mexifornia" will become a reality.

    January 30, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
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