December 1st, 2008
05:30 PM ET
10 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. Bill Phelps

    Who cares what the druggie Rush has to say?

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. Thomas, Baton Rouge, LA

    Like anything he says is anything other than self serving....

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas

    people like Limbaugh are what have kept our nation diviided for years and yet he still draws a crowd because there are so many that just have to have someone else tell them how to think or what to do...thus the term "ditto head" meaning the same. One difference between the left and right, the left can think and make decisions for them selves, the right need to listen to overpaid radio talk show hosts to help them think and seek their approval. I hope one thing that Obama does is bring back the Fairness Doctrine and that alone will have these right wing nut jobs that help divide our nation on the run.

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Matt

    prancing sack of vomit

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. TyWebb

    Rush, Hannity, et al aren't concerned about Obama being a bad president and running the country into the ground...quite the opposite...if he is a great president, it further marginalizes them. If that happens, they can go home and spend their millions...

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  6. Phoenix

    It's amazing how the media is always prepared to cover right wing nuts who ironically says that the media has a left learning biased. I have not heard one main stream media news network report the rantings and ravings of a left winger.

    December 1, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  7. William Sellers, Jr.

    Rush Limbaugh raises a good point. Hopefully Hillary Clinton will stay out of the limelight for the next four years. This may be the reason why Obama picked Clinton.

    If anybody thinks Hillary is going to save the day.......think again. I don't think anybody knows what's around the corner. Wait until Israel starts acting up. I am willing to predict that Hillary will hide in a corner and cry. Just like her husband, she doesn't have a stomach for foreign policy. Where is the change that Obama has been talking about?

    December 1, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  8. shalom


    How in the world do you know none of those you consider on the left never listen to his show?

    Well, I've listened to Rush for years.......The man is racist!!! His words are full of hate and stupidity........

    I hope the new adminstration the junk he spews out off the air....

    This fellow, along with Sean Hannity, creates a hateful envirnoment that reminds me of the those who followed the doctrine of Jim Crow...

    That era is over!!!!

    December 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. pedestrian

    Rush is just grasping for a way to stay relevant.

    December 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Angel

    I don"t like these people.....they are trying to give democrats praise because they have an one asked for their opinon...

    December 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  11. Tiff of lithia springs

    To the so called 'Patriot',

    The reason why the economy is not fixed yet is

    a. OBAMA is the president-elect not the president yet
    b. the messiah is still in heaven
    c. your precious 'dubya' has screwed thing up just that bad i saw a clip if Bush him at some international summit half the leaders didn't want to shake our elected leaders hand. HOW PATHETIC AND WHAT A DISGRACE.

    December 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. chuck

    Why in the world would Barbara Walters be talking to Rush Limbaugh. She seems so much more elevated to be wallowing in the slime with Rush. Seems to me that there should be a law against telling millions of listeners to game the system and vote for Hillary as a ploy to create a fabricated outcome of the 2008 Democratic primaries. It seems the kind of thing that he would pickle anyone else for suggesting. I only actually heard Rush once when I was in a pick up truck with a dumb relative on a long trip. Rush was making fun of Barney Frank's speech impediment. A very nasty thing to be doing. It was lost on my dumb relative who didn't know who Barney Frank was. I have heared about other testy over the top shenanigans on his show and thank goodness I don't listen in.

    December 1, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. peakarack

    I think Hillary should be our next President since 99% of the new people is Hillary people.

    Go Hillary!

    December 1, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  14. Angel

    and all these peopl screaming choosing Hil is not change....are you telling me that choosing someone who is experienced in government is wrong? Change comes in the governing.....

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. Andy

    Don't know why they print anything Limbaugh says.

    I think therefore I don't listen to Rush Limbaugh.

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  16. Hillary 08

    Hillary will be magnificent in any role she takes. Bella from NC in one of the comments above mentioned "Bullets." Interesting choice of words.
    Mr. Obama has not yet taken the oath. I think there is a much better political role for Hillary in 2009 other than the Secretary of State.

    Stay tuned, "it ain't over yet"

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. Brian

    Nobody listens to this overweight, dope-addled blowhard anyway. He is a joke and a perfect example of why the far right ideologues will be in the wildnerness for the foreseeable future.

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. setys

    Shut up. Empty vessel makes the most sound. Who cares what you think. Are you back on your drugs? We don't have to listen to know President Obama made the right selection.

    I am sick and tired of this arrogant fool. CNN do you have better news?

    Rush looking for attention as usual.

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  19. Pieter in Pasco

    Who cares what this pill popping addict thinks. He is a Republican who should mind his own party and leave running the country to the Democrats for a change.

    December 1, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. shalom


    what is wrong with you? How can Obama fix the economy before he officially becomes president of 1/20/09?

    Just get use to Obama.....he will be around for 8 years as president....

    At least Rush seems to understand that too...

    December 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Bill

    Maybe Rush should spend more of his time worrying about the DEA than spouting off his sciolist views. (if you think I mispelled the word, look it up.)

    December 1, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. George Arlington, TX.

    limbaugh needs to get a real job. He is only brain washing the weak, and that is why Texas is a Republican State.

    December 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  23. Van - Bloomington, Ill.

    Most of you totally missed Rush Limbaugh's logic/wisdom. Did he say she would make a great Secretary of State, or did he mostly talk about the political implications of her selection? Personally I think there are probably dozens of Washington insiders who are more qualified than Hillary to be Secretary of State. This is obviously a political payoff for her not causing a fuss at the Demo convention.

    December 1, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. ben

    does anyone care what this egotistical idiot thinks?

    December 1, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. bob

    who cares!

    December 1, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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