December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Limbaugh calls Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke'

Limbaugh called Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke.'
Limbaugh called Obama's selection of Clinton 'a brilliant stroke.'

(CNN) - Rush Limbaugh seems to have given Hillary Clinton his stamp of approval for the second time this year.

The conservative talk show host — who urged supporters during the primary season to back Clinton in an effort to prolong the bitter Democratic presidential nomination fight — told ABC’s Barbara Walters that Clinton’s selection as Secretary of State was "a brilliant stroke" by President-elect Obama.

He said the move was a political master stroke, effectively ruling out a primary challenge in four years. "You know the old phrase, 'You keep your friends close and your enemies closer?' How can she run for president in 2012?” he asks. “She'd have to run against the incumbent and be critical of him - the one who made her Secretary of State."

Obama himself seemed to give a nod Monday to the pair’s policy disagreements during the 2008 primary season. "I assembled this team because I'm a strong believer in strong personalities and strong opinions,” he said at the event where he named Clinton as the leader of his new national security team. “I think that's how the best decisions are made.”

soundoff (735 Responses)
  1. Anna, ATL

    no, Andy H–you are absolutely right.

    Stop the ignorance and the Insanity!

    Obama will not be challenged by another Democrat in 2012.
    I am so sick of hearing this.

    December 1, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. Paul C.

    OH this guy is just a laughable moron in a rainbow clown wig. The man has no credibility whatsoever and is just a pitiful fool who only remembers his name because people yack at him all day. And "I hate hypocrits" wow are you the very name that you use. I always get a kick out of simpletons like you who hold this false humility. You're here every day posting too so cut the crap my man. People call Limblob for what he is and if you can't take it, like how you and others of your ilk who are acting like little kids in a sandbox after you had your collective rears routed last month, sit down and be quiet. Right wingers like you have that stalker mentality while criticizing others who don't hold your bizzaro ideals, you put on this phony sense of intelligence and pathetically look down on others when in reality we're looking down on you, Limbaugh, Hannity and the other facist big mouthed filth. But please, by all means continue to rant and howl at the moon because you are a perfect example of why a majority of this country has ejected trash like your candidate.

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Stephen

    who really gives a ratz rear about what Rush thinks from his fuzzy brain.

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  4. Gabrielle, MT

    What can I say. He's still the same Limpbahumbug. Instead of calling him Rush, I'd like to call him Shush.

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Bobby

    All you liberal wackos, do you realize that Rush has the largest radio contract in the history of radio contracts? Doesn't that say something? Funny how you all think that you are a majority. Obama was an anti-Bush vote – plain and simple. And Rush is correct.

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  6. Pete

    And that's why I hung around with Ayers and Wright, to get a different point of view he added.

    Change you can believe in! I've got something to sell you if you believe in change.

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  7. OBAMA GIRL

    He's disgusting and his opinion of Obama's choices is not news. Moving right along ...

    December 1, 2008 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Melissa

    Bob in LA -

    Very good point!

    December 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  9. Limpberger Speaks Again

    I'm so glad America did exactly opposite of what Rush wanted–they voted for Barack. Oh happy day.

    December 1, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  10. Left Coast Mike, Laguna Niguel, CA

    Why do we care what this pillow-stomach, racist pig says! He's a gutless coward who is seeing his ratings collapse because people like him and those other conservative know-nothings at Fox have nothing to offer. He's irrelevant, and so is the so-called chrsitian right.

    Hey fat boy, go back and talk about the "war on christmas", or some other stupid topic.

    December 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. kelly WI

    Didn't need Rush to tell me that. Knew it from the get go.
    The puppet has named his masters. They're baaaack. lol
    You don't believe drug users? Does that go for Bill and Barack too?
    Hope you never have to have surgery and take legal pain killers.
    What the heck you think JFK was taking all those years?
    If Rush had a D behind his name you'd think he was the greatest thing since Keith and Chris.
    Lighten up. It will make you bitter people feel better.

    December 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Joe in NJ

    "Even if Obama didn't choose Hillary as the Secretary of State how could Hillary run for the nomination in 2012 as Obama will be the sitting President and Presidents are the automatic nominee?"

    No, the sitting President is not the automatic nominee. Anyone from the incumbent party can still run. Usually though the President runs unopposed. It usually looks bad for members of your own party to run against you.

    December 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Anna, ATL

    Then again, maybe he does have a lightbulb flicker in his nutshell of a head.
    He calls Obama brilliant, and Clinton Presidential.

    I want to call his show tomorrow and congratulate him.

    Does anyone know the call number?

    December 1, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  14. paul

    Sorry Dem-wits but Rush is right again and you twits know it.

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  15. FL 4 OBAMA

    Rush seemed to miss that we voted Obama because many supporters recognized his brilliance a long time ago. Kudos to Clinton for getting even Limbaugh to catch up.

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  16. Jim

    Rush seems to have all the answers and expertise on fixing this country. Why doesn't he run?...

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  17. Wendy NC

    Franken was so right when he titled his book "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot"

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  18. secularjihad

    I can has relevant? Noes. Epic Fail.

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  19. bob

    Why would anyone care what Rush Limbaugh thinks? Is he out of rehab already?

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  20. Gene

    The thing that sickens me is that he's actually right.. but I'm sure Obama picked Clinton for more reasons than just keeping your enemies close. I really don't see Obama and Clinton as enemies in any way. They really had the exact same platforms in their campaigns.. with just slight variations. And I personally think Hillary will do a great job as Sec. of State.

    December 1, 2008 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  21. jrzshor

    not so brilliant. she could have said no. and obama may be obliged to give her his endorsement in 2012/16

    December 1, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  22. Getting It Right

    Why does media cover:

    Ann Coutler
    Al Sharpton
    Jesse Jackson, Jr.
    Rush Limbaugh
    Mark Halperin – yes Mark
    Pat and Bay B.
    Sean Hannity
    Bill O'Reilly

    Granted some are in the media, but who are they? Their opinions are dated, small-minded, and petty. A divisive group.

    Entertainment one supposes – overpaid blowhards that separate America.

    December 1, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  23. Kim

    How do you spell "irrelevant"? Limbaugh is nothing but a legend in his own mind.

    December 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  24. Jack

    Rush is the mouthpiece for the devil, hiding behind the religious right.

    December 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  25. jon c. sprowl

    cnn is a liberal network . not worth a dam.god help us get through this terrible election. liberalism is a incurable desease.

    December 1, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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