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.”

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  1. Lisa

    What a spiritual looser! A waist of life! This limblog of blubber glu glog. Like a white demon floating over this earth looking for trouble and hate, what a miserable life. What kinds of friends does he have- very curious to know. Are they miserable also? Dumb sheep don’t have anything on him.

    December 1, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Peter

    Limbaugh is so stupid even my dog has better education than him

    December 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Skiplicious

    Mr. Limbaugh,
    Do you honestly think that President-Elect Obama is insufficiently arrogant to think that since he overcame a 20+ point deficit in the primaries to beat Hillary Clinton, he can't do it again?

    Thanks for playing..

    December 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. GalileoRad

    Without Fairness and rules against personal attacks, I fear that right wing radio talkers will again take advantage of the short attention span of listeners and reposition themselves as the singular arbiters of truth. As one example, Limbaugh said last week that "conservatism was not on the ballot!" when attempting to explain the Republican loss. He doesn't want us to remember that conservatism and especially RIGHT WING TALK RADIO was vetted over the course of the primary season, which lasted a couple of years, and REPUDIATED by the American people. Never forget! Codify Fairness!

    December 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. Christopher

    Hey Paul,

    As a matter of fact, I lean to the left on many issues and I also listen to Rush Limbaugh on a fairly regular basis. That's why I feel uniquely qualified to tell you that your a moron.

    That's straight from the golden EIB microphone you idiot.

    December 1, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Matt

    this guy needs to be the next monkey we shoot into space

    December 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  7. John Clark

    " December 1st, 2008 4:42 pm ET

    I am a little confused. 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?

    Is it me or is Limbaugh off his rocker again?"

    Uh,no, the sitting president is NOT the automatic nominee. Do you not remember 1992 when Bush Sr. had to run against several challengers?

    December 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. MiddleOfTheRoad

    Don't waste your print on this man!

    December 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Steve

    Wow, listen to you Rush haters.....I think this is a case of "thou doth protest too much". You probably didn't realize that electing our first "Green" President meant that we were going to get the "recycled" Clintons for the next 4-8 years.

    If you thought you were going to get Change in the form of fresh new faces with fresh new ideas, you've been duped....it won't be the last time that a politician has pulls a "bait and switch".

    December 1, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  10. Mike

    One may not like what Rush said, but he has a point.

    December 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  11. setys

    This man is dumb that he is not aware that in all cases during primary elections, most incumbent presdents are the automatic nominee of their political party. There is no way Senator Clinton or any other democrat candidate would seek nomination in 2012.

    Rush is so dumb.

    December 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  12. Paul Hackett

    I agree with the statement "Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" Take the Clinton's out of the picture by putting them on the payroll.

    December 1, 2008 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  13. California Girl

    Clinton was a great pick because she will do a great job. Pure and simple. She has a tremendous work ethic and actually will put the country first, unlike some others. Who cares what Limbaugh says anyway? He is almost always wrong, and a mean person to boot.

    December 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  14. OMG

    Flush Limbaugh

    December 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  15. Tracy

    i guess most of the BO haters seem to forget that the message of change was about how things were done in DC and reversing tthe policy errors made by the Bush administration. Picking experienced, intelligent and admirable cabinet members to make this happen is CHANGE. He did not go for the 'yes sir' types that populated the Bush administration over the past eight years. Why do you care who he picks as long as the right job is getting done? If he had went for a cabinet of 'newbies or outsiders' the BO haters will find fault with that as well.

    December 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  16. Shannon

    Rush is a joke, who cares what he says. Hillary Clinton is a remarkable woman, and will be good at anything she does. However, Obama constantly proves he would do or say anything to get elected. I watched this morning, clip after clip of Obama saying how wrong Hillary Clinton was about foreign policy, and he also labeled her and her husband a racist during the campaign. Why would he now pick her for SOS, if he believed those things to be true. Those of us who supported HIllary Clinton knew the truth, but now Obama confirms it, with this appointment.

    December 1, 2008 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  17. patriot

    This man is more dangerous to our country than William Ayers.

    December 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  18. Bill

    Remember the Reagan-years commercials where "drugs have fried your brains?" Well, RL can be the poster child for a new campaign.

    December 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  19. gregs, Concord, NC

    As usual, Rush does not get it, never has, and I suppose he never will

    December 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  20. Joel In Corona

    This is in accordance with the new Obama mantra "Change through Sameness." Apparently the only "Change" Mr. Obama wanted was Mr. Obama to be the one putting their feet up on the desk in the Oval Office. Everything else can be the same. That is still change, right?

    December 1, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  21. Toby

    So he urges support of Clinton to hurt Obama, then he urges support of Clinton to help Obama? What a strange, strange little man!

    December 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. Alan

    Rush is a big fat idiot, wait, somebody already used that.

    December 1, 2008 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  23. Independent

    The question is: What would all these posters here say if it was a Democrat saying the exact same thing that Limbaugh said?

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  24. Feindish Thingy

    Limbaugh – the true spokesman for close-minded neo's.

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  25. ME

    KEEP GOING RUSH!

    December 1, 2008 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
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