November 18th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues

Hagel had sharp words for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday.
Hagel had sharp words for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday.

(CNN) - As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party - including conservative talk radio hosts.

"We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," Hagel said Tuesday during a speech in Washington, according to the Huffington Post.

"You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office," a sarcastic Hagel continued. "They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly. [The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."

Hagel has increasingly become critical of his party in the aftermath of the Iraq War and notably held back endorsing his longtime friend John McCain during the presidential campaign. He's reportedly under consideration for a cabinet post in the Obama administration.

Speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Hagel also faulted Washington lawmakers for "raw, partisan, political paralysis."

"The American people don't like what is going on... they want us to start doing what leaders are expected to do, address the problems, find some consensus to governing. Get along. There will be disagreements, sure... but in the end we can't hold ourselves captives to this raw, partisan, political paralysis."


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soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. independent 08

    Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Savage and all the right wingnuts are big fat idiots. They will drive the GOP to extinction which has now been reduced to a southern party with angry white men.

    November 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  2. sandee in Portland

    He is so right and unfortunately a large majority of the people, especially the right wing conservatives, get their information from the likes of Hannity and Limbaugh and think it's the truth. There should be a law from the FCC stating these "entertainers" cannot tell a blatant lie.

    Hope he's picked as Secretary of State.

    November 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. Pat F

    Let's throw this little rat under the same bus that we throw Lieberman. Hagel can dish it out, but he can't take it – cries like a baby at the slightest criticism.

    November 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  4. cpndave

    Amen Chuck Hagel! Clowns like Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Hannity, and OReilly. are bringing down the party offering nothing but hate, name calling and race baiting. If I don't agree with them I'm a Marxist ( are we back in the 50's with Herbert A Philbrick and "I led three lives?"

    November 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  5. chuck

    Sen. Hagel is right on the money. The thing with conservative talk shows is that they have an audience that is loyal, yet that is the only thing that they can point to during an ordinary day is listen to conservative talk show host bash progressives. The audience for progressive talk radio have the same loyalties to their takl show host i.e. Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, but they have other interest in life. That is the difference.

    November 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  6. mike

    Hagel should have mentioned Bill Maher. Its obvious whose side he is really on. Another cheap shot. If Hagel gets a post the GOP will not let Obama forget it.

    November 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. wi cheesehead

    OMG BOUT TIME someone from the GOP told it like it is. Rush was the one who pushed for Sarah Palin for VP. hmmmm maybe what he spews is really irrevalant. Maybe just maybe advertizers will realize this and pull their ads

    November 18, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. al in memphis

    For all of those who subscribe to the Limbaugh's, Let Rush run for office and see how he continues to make a spectacle of leadership. Hagel is right, many people have comments and make millions doing it, but how many of those Limbaughs really believe in what they are saying enough to get in there a fight to make things right.

    Too many "I can complain but don't have answer spoke persons" have more contact with voters than the people actually running the government.

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. janine

    RKW November 18th, 2008 3:30 pm ET
    Hagel is a left wing idiot.

    A Limbaugh supporter calling someone else an idiot. How original???

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  10. Jerry

    It is Hagel and "moderate" ilk like him who stand for NOTHING but their political careers. McCain is one of them (RINOs). Good riddance!
    To compromise principles is to have NONE!

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. DEB, WHITEHOUSE, OH

    FINALLY SOMEONE HAS THE GUTS TO PUT LIMBAUGH IN HIS PLACE.

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  12. bill, alabama

    Mr. Hagel is one of the few members of congress that is a true statesman who places the needs of the country and its citizens above petty politics. He has abandoned the republican politics of divisiveness and fear mongering to say and do what needs to be said and done.

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Hal, Redondo Beach, CA

    Good People are everywhere and we as a citizenry need to rally behind them. This is the man the GOP should have chosen to lead them instead they have hitched their wagon to ignorant, self-serving game show hosts. Until the Republicans realize that intelligence and honesty are strengths in a leader; until they cease in their appeals to fear, greed and a phoney brand of Christianity they will continue to be moved out of the way.

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Tom

    Upchuck Hagel (RINO, France), the darling of every leftist, useful idiot of the Washington press, would be the perfect fit for the administration of the thoroughly unqualifed, terrorist fraternizing, community organizer.

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Will in Montgomery

    I wish I could by Rush for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth. Attaboy Chuck! You go get 'em!

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Hagel for Defense!

    November 18, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Catherine

    Limbaugh and Savage (Weiner) refuse to talk directly to anyone with ideas which challenge their little one-man empires. Maybe someday conservatives will take notice and bring back intelligence.

    November 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. mohamed

    Lieberman is ready with the knife behind his back.
    Liberman is (i) ndependant
    we all know what this i stands for.

    November 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Dale, Phoenix

    He is absolutely right...And it is not just on the conservative side..The liberals are guilty too.
    The media as a whole has become a "hooker"

    November 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  20. Ayanna

    Yay Chuck! Hopefully we will see more of you over the next few years

    November 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. Scott NYC Independent

    Now this is an intelligent and smart republican with integrity. I hope Presient Elect Obama offers him a cabinet slot.

    November 18, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  22. Me

    "[The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers.""

    +++++++++++

    Trust me, you don't need Rush to make you look like a fool. Politicians of any party can do that all by themselves.

    November 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. Greed is not good

    Rush is the most divisive, polarizing, and negative influence on American politics....and is ridiculously overpaid. Great job Chuck...tell it like it is. Limbaugh is to blame more than anyone for the hi-jacking of GOP by the lunatic fringe right-wing.

    November 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Doug R.

    Limpbaugh is a stuttering bumbling fool. He sits behind a microphone in a stupor barfing up all sort of garbage, lies, and falsehoods.

    November 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  25. Michael

    It's too bad that there aren't more of this kind of statemanship in the Republican party instead of all the strident extremism. The Repubs need guys like Hagel if they want to move forward in a meaningful way. Limbaugh/Hannity/Coulter are garbage and a "blight on the right."

    November 18, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
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